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CONSERVATION WORK

Get involved to save our planet!

Working alongside various other organisations, we try our best to offer people the chance to get stuck in with real world conservation work.
Whether we're caring for endangered species within our collection or working on native habitats, we arrange conservation efforts for different people to learn about and get involved in.

HEDGEHOG CONSERVATION

Learn about Hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) conservation and how we can save them

WILDLIFE RESCUE

Alsongside our Exotic Animals Rescue, we are proud to announce that due to our specially trained and qualified team members, we have the knowledge and resources to do Wildlife Rescue.

HABITAT SURVEYS

Book us in for Habitat Surveys for your up and coming development project. Make sure you're thinking about our Wildlife before disturbing their homes.

BEACH CLEANS

Volunteer with us at Ark Animals clean up our UK Beaches, help to dispose of litter and micro plastics

PROTECTED SPECIES

Work with our team to help for the different Endangered, Threatened and Vulnerable species in our care to help educate people on them but also help protect these incredible animals

 
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HEDGEHOG CONSERVATION

Flower the Hedgehog and the amazing work she has done!

 

ARK ANIMALS' VERY OWN FLOWER HAS BECOME THE NEW FACE OF HEDGEHOG CONSERVATION

Flower is our Native European Hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus), after the company Urban Paws found out about us at Ark Animals and our lovely Flower. We were asked to become involved in a new Hedgehog Conservation Campaign with Flower being the face and mascot of the campaign.

HOW FLOWER GOT INVOLVED

After European Hedgehogs were officially included on the Endangered Species list, a group of organisations teamed up to make this conservation campaign. Funded by Park Dean Resorts, they had the idea to create a brand new Hedgehog hibernation sanctuary. Working with the Prickles and Paws Hedgehog Rescue they designed the first Hedgehog Hibernation Holiday Park, a safe place for hedgehogs to hibernate safely throughout winter.

With Rise at Seven promoting and heading the campaign, they arranged for Urban Paws UK to contact us and setup an appointment for us at Ark Animals to bring Flower to the video and photo shoot and work with Rise at Seven to create this amazing campaign. In an effort to spread the word about hedgehog conservation, this campaign helps the public understand the importance of these beautiful animals and how vulnerable they truly are.

Click the link below to view the full campaign.

Click the link below to take a look at the full campaign and learn about how you could make a difference to these animals in need.

 
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WILDLIFE RESCUE

Rescue Rehabilitate Release

 

At Ark Animals working with native wildlife can be truly amazing and it makes it all worth while when we are able to rehabilitate animals that come in to the point where they can be released back into their natural habitat. But we don't only rehabilitate and release the animals in our care, we also have a Residency programme for the animals who sadly don't have the option to re-enter the wild. The residents are those with health conditions which they cannot fully recover from and animals who have been raised by our team and unfortunately don't have all the natural instincts required to survive.

For these residents, we make sure hey have a safe place to spend the rest of their days at the Ark Animals Rescue Centre where we aim to recreate their natural habitat to the best of our abilities and make sure they are safe when and cared for this the correct husbandry and love they deserve.

 

Wildlife Releases

 
 
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HABITAT SURVEYS

With our team consisting of experienced and qualified Ecologists and Conservationists, we are able to offer habitat surveys for a range of purposes.

 
 
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DOM KUDYBA

Conservationist/Ecologist

Having studied Wildlife Conservation and Ecology at degree level and being experienced at Surveying and Species ID she is our number one pick for any survey work.

For more information on the survey work we do, get in touch and speak to one of our Team Members from the Conservation Department.


Discuss potential projects for us to be involved in and get us to brainstorm creative solutions to any natural delays to your up and coming locations. Use the "Contact" button below to go to our Contact Form and get in touch!

 
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BEACH CLEAN UP

Keeping our coasts clean and healthy for Marine Wildlife

 

CLEAN UPS

What we do

We arrange groups of people to volunteer with us at Ark Animals to undertake the challenge of a beach clean. We rely on the support and dedication of willing people to volunteer on a beach clean. Our mission is to visit public beaches and clean up as much litter as possible.

We will collect litter and other items polluting the coast lines. Working with you we can aim to return these areas back to a state of natural beauty which is beneficial to the environment.

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WHAT WE OFFER

How you can benifit

Not only are you gaining a sense of respect for you and your fellow volunteers, you are gaining experience at maintaining and protecting costal habitats. The accomplishment of cleaning up a beach, being able to see that you and the group you were involved in made a real difference to that area and the species who inhabit it.

We try to make these volunteer days as exciting as we can and will always bring snack such as tea and biscuits along with everyone settling around a camp fire to cook smores and marshmallows. We want to get everyone involved and will hopefully educate people on the benefits of work such as this. Not only do you gain experience from working with us but if we think you have been especially dedicated, we will offer ourselves as a reference for conservation work in the hope that it will allow you to thrive in whatever career you choose.

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EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

Learn about what's around you

When completing these beach clean ups, we will hopefully pass along knowledge to you and the other volunteers regarding various species of plants and animals who live within the various niches of the coastline habitats. We will hopefully complete a small expedition into the surrounding areas to find a interesting topic to stop and talk about.

We will also attempt to inform you on the process of coastline erosion and teach you on why maintaining the habitats are so important, not only for the health and safety of the animals who I've there but also to not speed up the process of rapid coastline loss.

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Get Involved

Keep up to date with us on Social Media to see upcoming Beach Clean Up days, all of these volunteer days will be added to our Events page, click the link below to go straight to this page and see our next coming volunteer beach day! If you are hoping to arrange a Beach Clean Up day at a beach near you or one that you are passionate about, use the contact form below to get in touch with our team!

 

CONTACT US

Ark Animals Rescue Centre
Old Salisbury Road
Ower
SO51 6ZJ

+44 7711 956 428

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PROTECTED SPECIES

Protecting and educating these incredible animals in safe, controlled environments

 
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RED FOOT-TORTOISE (CHELONOIDIS CARBONARIUS)

Status: Vulnerable

Native to South America and surrounding Caribbean Islands, these animals are now classed as a vulnerable species and are now protected by CITIES which is in place to prohibit people from taking this species from its native country/habitat. This is in place in an aim to prevent the species decline progressing further due to the illegal wildlife trade.

We currently have two females in our care, Shelly and Ruby who live together and work with people in educational setting..

MEXICAN FIRELEG  (BRACHYPELMA BOEHMEI)

Status: Endangered

Native to the Western Pacific Coast of Mexico, inhabiting thorn forests of South-Eastern Michoacan and North-Western Guerrero state. Due to this species' bright colours and docile nature, they are have become a target of interest within the illegal wildlife trade. High numbers of these animals have been illegally collected from the wild which has damaged their populations within their native regions resulting in them now being an endangered species.

We have one male Mexican Fireleg Tarantula named Spark however he is not handled due to him not being as comfortable as other animals with human intercation.

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EUROPEAN HEDGEHOG (ERINACEUS EUROPAEUS)

Status: Endangered

European Hedgehogs are native to the UK and other European regions, due to constant human development encroaching on these animals' habitats. Even with these animals adapting to human urbanisation being able to travel between gardens of neighbourhoods, as people design their gardens to be less natural and more enclosed, this limits the hedgehogs' habitats and forces them to extend further out into roads or into the territories of predators.


Flower was our native European Hedgehog who has been a part of some amazing conservation work but also has allowed us to increase the native Hedgehog population when she gave birth to four adorable hoglets when she first arrived who have since gone out into the world with successful releases.  reserves, with confirmation of one of the girls having now reproduced within the wild and allowing the species to carry on. Although she is no longer involved in these programmes, the conservation work she does continues and hopefully we can save these animals from extinction.

GARGOYLE GECKO (RHACODACTYLUS AURICULATUS)

Status: Least Concern

Gargoyle Geckos are native to the French Region of New Caledonia. Despite these animals being classed as least concern, this species is unfortunately now threatened by deforestation within their native habitat. Due to them becoming threatened they are now protected by CITIES.

Ziggy is our male Gargoyle Gecko who is fascinating to use as an example when talking about habitat loss and the effect that has on animals native to those environments.

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HERMANN'S TORTOISE (TESTUDO HERMANNI)

Status: Endangered

Hermann's Tortoises are a Medditerian species, found in Italy, Spain and France, these tortoises are closely related to the Horsefield Tortoise which is another Medditerian species. Unfortunately due to development, wildfires, poaching, herbicides and the illegal wildlife trade, these amazing animals are now classed as endangered.

Charlie is our male Hermann's Tortoise who is very interactive with people and loves attention, he is brilliant when working with younger children as he is a perfect example of why animals should be protected.

PETER'S BANDED SKINK (SCINCOPUS FASCIATUS)

Status: Data Deficient

Peter's Banded Skinks are an arid species of skink, native to African deserts and savannahs. Located primarily in Northern Africa, these animals are a new comer to the reptile community with very little research into them. Unfortunately majority of these animals are wild caught which can damage the habitat and ecosystem they are native to. Due to the lack of research, these animals are currently classed as data deficient.

It is unfortunately likely that the three Peter's Banded Skinks with us at Ark Animals will be wild caught as these animals have only been confirmed to be bred in captivity twice. We are hoping our trio will breed with us in captivity and will bring them one step closer to not being wild caught anymore. our trio are named Blair, Rune and Dream.

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CRESTED GECKO(CORRELOPHUS CILIATUS)

Status: Vulnerable

Crested Geckos although common in the pet trade, are classed as a vulnerable species in the wild. Native to New Caledonia, these popular animals were in fact classed as extinct until 1994 when they were rediscovered and has been a protected species since, they are now rebuilding their population.

Although we don't actively breed them we have been successful with our main pair having reared three clutches. We have four Crested Geckos a part of the Ark Animals Family, Pumpkin, Patch, Pebbles and our first hatchling, Peanut.

CHINESE WATER DRAGON (PHYSIGNATHUS COCINCINUS)

Status: Vulnerable

These lizards are native to China and South-East Asia where they reside in tropical forests and inhabit river banks and streams and are often found in the trees and surrounding plants. Living in these parts of Asia, they are at risk of habitat loss due to deforestation, the illegal wildlife trade and poaching for food. Although common within the pet trade, unfortunately these animals are now at a vulnerable status.

Our resident Chinese Water Dragon is a male called Mushu, he would be a brilliant animal to talk about to people and educate them however he has since retired from interactions and happily lives his life doing what he wants.

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AXOLOTL (AMBYSTOMA MEXICANUM)

Status: Critically Endangered

Native to Mexico, Axolotls live in freshwater lakes and walk along the bed of the lake. Closely related to the salamander, these amazing animals spend their entire life in the water, unchanged for thousands of years. Due to development and urbanisation along with polluting the water, the habitat that these creatures come from is becoming increasingly uninhabitable causing them to become critically endangered.

Thankfully these animals do well in captivity and we often talk about them as examples to educate people on the effects of pollution to different animals. We currently have one male in our care called Drogon.

PURPLE PINCHER HERMIT CRAB (COENOBITA CLYPEATUS)

Status: Data Deficient

These intriguing animals are native to the Caribbean and live in tropical forests. They are nocturnal and live in large social groupings, they work together and scavenge together to survive.

Unfortunately these animals are data deficient meaning we are unaware of their conservation status however hundreds of these crabs are wild caught every year for the pet trade, they are cracked out of their shell and forced to die or choose a shell painted with toxic paint. There have only been a few successful incidences when hermit crabs were bred in captivity. With our pair of Purple Pinchers we are hoping our research will pay off and that they might successfully breed in captivity with us. Our two Purple Pincher Hermit Crabs are called Claud and Jerald.

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ARGENTINE HORNED FROG (CERATOPHRYS ORNATA)

Status: Near Threatened

Argentine Horned Frogs are amazing amphibians which live up to their alternate name of the Pacman Frog. Native to Argentina but can also be found in other parts of South America, these frogs live in grasslands. They get their reputation due their large size and their active behaviour to eat anything that might pass by.

These frogs are now listed as near threatened by IUCN. It is associated with freshwater habitat. With our female, Clyde, she is brilliant to use as an example when talking about freshwater habitat protection.