Donations – Thank You For Your Support
WINTER SUPPORT FUND – We need your help!
We are so incredibly grateful to everyone who donated to help us during the shutdown from Easter to July, and feel sad that we need to ask for your support again through the winter as we know so many are struggling at this time.
We are doing everything we can to reduce costs and apply for funding, but your support, either financial or via our Amazon Wish List will play a vital role in getting us through the winter months.
It costs over £46,000 a month for animal care at the Park including food and vet bills, staff wages, habitat enrichment, water and electricity. Our priorities during the winter are these essential costs and maintaining animal enclosures.
Our many visitors know that we strive to give the very best care to our animals and at the same time create amazing family memories. Every gift really will make a difference in helping to ensure the high standard of care we pride ourselves on continues every day. Your messages of support have given us much needed hope for the future.
Wildlife is under pressure in so many ways and we see this both in our work with native species like the chough and red squirrel, and internationally via the World Parrot Trust with endangered parrot species. The Covid-19 pandemic is a painful reminder that we must rethink our place in the world.
We look forward to seeing you on your visits to Paradise Park 🙂
Examples of how your donations can help:
£10.40 pays to feed one of our Humboldt’s Penguins sprats for a week (we have 21 penguins!).
£15 to £20 would buy Black Treacle or Golden Syrup a key ingredient in our homemade nectar for lots of the parrots.
£25 would feed ALL our parrots (of which there are many) ‘Kaytee’ a balanced pelleted food for one day (we add fruit, veg, seed, nuts etc according to species).
£20 to £30 would buy a large bag of nuts like palm nuts or macadamia nuts as special treats for our parrots.
£40 would feed our family of Red Pandas ‘Panda Cake’ for a week.
£88 would feed our flock of Caribbean Flamingos for a month.
£1,500 would pay to feed all the 1,200 birds and animals at Paradise Park for a week!
With heartfelt thanks from all of us at Paradise Park xx
Or use the link below
We also have an Amazon Wish List for the birds and animals here. The prices can vary and so could be more expensive than other places. You can of course source items from elsewhere and send them to Paradise Park, 16 Trelissick Road, Hayle, Cornwall TR27 4HB. Another option is you can donate money via Paypal or our GoFundMe page and add a note to say what you would like the money spent on and we can then add this in when we next place an order. Thanking you in advance for your support. 🙂
How your donations are making a difference.
Below are some examples of how your donations are being spent. THANK YOU xx
The main food for a Red Panda is bamboo. There is not much nutritional content in bamboo which is why Red Pandas in the wild will spend around 15 hours a day eating the leaves. Although they have fresh bamboo every day, we also give a high fibre bamboo panda cake to make sure they get enough leafy content in their diet. The panda cake comes as a course powder which we mix with warm water and roll into cake balls. One sack of ‘panda cake mix’ costs us around £80 and lasts for about two weeks. So, you can see they have quite an expensive diet. They also enjoy vegetables like sweet potatoes, parsnips and carrots which are steamed and small amounts of grapes, apple and pear. Find out more about Red Pandas here.
Weekly cost for Panda Cake Mix = £40
Annual cost for Panda Cake Mix = £2,080
Keeper Donna Sinclair has produced a little video for you at the bottom of this page to explain about Red Panda diets.
To feed each penguin their favourite fish each week it costs around £10.40 (that’s 266 sprats a week per penguin on average). Overall, this works out at around £11,000 a year for our colony of Humboldt’s Penguins. On top of this, they also have salt tablets and vitamin/mineral tablets called Aquaminivits.
Weekly cost for sprats for one penguin = £10.40
Annual cost of sprats for the colony = £11,000
One of our biggest food expenses at the Park is ‘Kaytee’ a specially formulated balanced pelleted food for parrots, which we soak with diluted cranberry juice. They love this. As we have so many parrots this take up a huge part of our food budget. On top of this they will also have nuts, seeds, fruit and veg.
The Kaytee used to feed all our parrots of one day costs us around £25.
That’s about £750 a month, or £9,000 a year!
It costs us around £22 for the 15 kilos of specialist pelleted feed our flamingo flock eat each week. In winter our Flamingos move to a more ‘maintenance’ diet which is lower in protein than their summer breeding diet. The flamingo food is a specialised floating pellet which is a complete diet and includes sea salt, spirulina algae and carotenoids which supports their brilliant colouration. Specialist Feeds
You can watch our new flamingo webcam here and see if you can spot Derek, our Flamingo chick (well not a chick anymore 🙂 throughout the day.
Our parrots eat in excess of 47,000 nuts a year (palm nuts, walnuts, Brazil, pecans, macadamia, hazelnuts, almonds) and on top of this pine nuts. Other peanut lovers are the pheasants, pigeons and cranes. And we can’t forget our nut loving Red Squirrels! The photo above is Herbert a Palm Cockatoo eating a palm nut.
Medicine and medical supplies along with veterinary bills are another key cost in running Paradise Park. This photo is of ‘Little Crane’ who was born with curled toes. Special bandages were applied on the chick’s toes to help straighten them out. Many individuals have medicines and special supplements to help keep them in the best possible health.
Examples of costs:
Cost of Calcivet (Liquid calcium and vitamin D3 supplement) for birds = £24.95
Cost of shampoo for the Miniature Donkeys = £17.10
Cost of annual veterinary bills and medicines on average = £22,000