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The Exotic Pet Refuge in Deeping St James holds its open day this Sunday (September 6)

A pet refuge, which is home to monkeys, meerkats, birds of prey, raccoons, two lynxes and much more, will hold its second open day of the year on Sunday.

The Exotic Pet Refuge at 102 Station Road, Deeping St James, will open its doors from 10am until 4pm.

It had to cancel or postpone many of its open days earlier this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. And with the centre costing around £80,000 a year to run, not having the open days made a big dent in the charity’s income.

One of the meerkats at the refuge.
One of the meerkats at the refuge.

Pam Mansfield, who set up the centre in the early 1980s, said: “The last open day made £2,300 and we had about 500 visitors.

“We need £80,000 odd a year to keep going and we have about 250-300 animals.”

Other funding comes from donations, including food and support from volunteers which is always gratefully received.

The refuge held its last open day in August.
The refuge held its last open day in August.

Hand sanitiser will be available at the centre and all staff will be wearing masks. Visitors can also wear masks if they wish but are not compulsory as the refuge is out in the open.

Teas and coffees will also be on sale, as well as crêpes, cold drinks, ice lollies and rolls.

Tickets for the open day can be purchased via www.tickettailor.com/events/exoticpetrefugh

People can turn up on the day and will only have to wait to enter the refuge in the event that maximum capacity is reached.

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