Rutland Falconry and Owl Centre

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Rutland Wildlife Sanctuary was a natural progression to develop and extend the work of the Centre, initially catering for injured Wildlife from the immediate area.

Whenever possible, rescued birds and animals continue to be released back into the wild in consultation with the Centres Veterinary Support.

RWS is not open to the public as injured birds and animals require a degree of solitude in-order to recover from trauma or surgery.

Others looking to be released back into the wild, benefit from a period of quiet readjustment.


The plight of the AMUR LEOPARD came to the attention of Chris who was interested to learn of MANX, an AMUR LEOPARD who had been removed from the International Breeding Programme due to a reduced tail and was in urgent need of a home.

Following an intensive period of building, MANX was successfully relocated ~ soon to be followed by KALI (an ex-circus cat) into their respective enclosures set within the BIG CAT COMPOUND at RWS.

Since then, the number of rescued Big Cats has increased and the RWS are delighted to be allowed under licence, to open to the public ~ six days a year.

There is always another task to be done here ! The next project on the list for the Wildlife Sanctuary is to extend the enclosure for INCA , our Adolescent Puma.

RWS at RFOC are delighted to confirm the final 'Big Cat Open Day' Dates of 2017 ~

December, 26th ~ Tuesday, Boxing Day.

As always, Prior Booking is essential at these events as restrictions apply and numbers are by necessity limited.
Please be aware that 2017, Boxing Day places are already filling up ~

If you are interested and would like additional information, please contact Chris direct on :
07778 152 814

We do hope that you will be able to join us ~ you will be most Welcome.

2018 ~ BIG CAT OPEN DAY DATES will follow shortly ... Watch this space !!


If you are interested in ENDANGERED SPECIES, RWS is indeed privileged ~ having been able to offer a home to FOUR of the Worlds rapidly diminishing number of AMUR LEOPARDS (panther pardus orientalis).

The AMUR LEOPARD is habitually a nocturnal and solitary animal who can live for 10 - 15 years in the Wild and up to 20 years in captivity.

The AMUR LEOPARD is able to adapt to natural habitats that provide it with an adequate supply of food and cover. Large tracts of forest are ideal.

Their numbers range across Russia, China and probably North Korea.

Along with many other different Endangered Species, numbers are greatly reduced due to extensive habitat loss and clashes with humans. The AMUR pelts are highly prized by poachers..

The AMUR LEOPARD has been categorised as being "Critically ENDANGERED".

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