Donations – Thank You For Your Support
PARADISE PARK SUPPORT FUND – Thank you for your support
We are so incredibly grateful for your donations.
You made a huge difference to us getting through the last two years, with three periods of closure and the winter months, plus Covid-19 restrictions which were a real struggle. It will continue to be a challenge for a while yet so not out of the woods, but the sun is shining here in Cornwall and it is so lovely to see visitors enjoying the Park.
We did everything we could to reduce costs and applied for funding, but as 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 and maintaining animal enclosures it will be a while before we catch up. So, your support, either financial, dropping off food donations or via our Amazon Wish List is still vital to get us through the next phase of our recovery.
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. We love reading your messages of support and they 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
With heartfelt thanks from all of us at Paradise Park xx
Here are the ways you can help support Paradise Park.
DONATE TO A SPECIES
A lovely way to help support some of your favourite birds and animals. Please click here to see the selection of options available including penguins, macaws, otters, donkeys and many more.
With the option for one-off or monthly donations.
Please click here
We also have an ‘APPEAL FOR FOOD DONATIONS‘ with details of the ideal foods for the birds and animals that can be dropped off at the Park. Please click here for more information.
AMAZON WISH LIST
Our Amazon Wish List for the birds and animals is available HERE. The prices can vary and so could be more expensive than other places. You can of course source items from your own local businesses or elsewhere and send them direct to the Paradise Park, 16 Trelissick Road, Hayle, Cornwall TR27 4HB. Thanking you in advance for your support.
Examples of how much it costs to feed some of the birds and animals:
£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!
How your donations are making a difference.
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