Rutland – Who said cats and birds can’t live together?

Last year, Michelle and I visited Rutland Falconry and Owl Centre.
Situated in the heart of Rutland, this hidden away location houses a collection of hundreds of birds of prey from all around the world.
Owner Chris Lawton openly admits he loves his birds more than people, and his affection for his feathered friends shows through.
Owls, hawks, falcons, buzzards, eagles and even vultures have made the falconry centre their home.
Check out the falconry centre yourself to have a look at what is on offer.

Rutland Falconry Centre - The Birds

Rutland Falconry Centre - The Birds

As well as admiring the birds, there is also a chance to try your hand at falconry.

Rutland Falconry Centre - The Birds

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But perhaps the biggest surprise for Michelle and I was that Rutland Falconry Centre isn’t just home to birds.
But also cats. And big cats at that.

Rutland Falconry Centre - The Big Cats

Rutland Falconry Centre - The Big Cats

Just six times a year, Chris allows a limited number of people to views the centre’s incredible collection of rare cats.
Among the animals enjoying large enclosures are four Amur Leopards. Critically endangered, it is estimated that only about 35 of these beautiful creatures remain in the wild – sparsely spread across Russia, China and Korea.

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2 Comments to Rutland – Who said cats and birds can’t live together?

  1. Beautiful birds and big cats…but please tell me they are rescuing them and not just capturing them for display. Peter and I are huge fans and contributors to all things related to birds of prey welfare as well as that of the welfare of large wild cats. Both are such majestic species to observe in their normal environment.

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