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Axe Valley Wildlife Park near Axminster in Devon, an ideal spot for honeymooners planning a trip to the region, has launched a fundraising appeal for urgent donations to help feed their animals and they wish to thank the local community for their kind donations of food.
The coronavirus lockdown means they haven't had any visitors and it costs approximately £2,000 per week to care for the 500 animals. Donations can be made by visiting their website https://www.axevalleypark.co.uk
Owners Andrew and Jayne Collier are former dairy farmers who built the park from scratch during the last 15 years. They say, “having been closed all winter we had high hopes for a successful 2020 however COVID-19 has truly ruined this prospect. We closed our doors to the public in order to prevent further spread of this horrible virus but are very scared for the future of our park and the animals that live here. All money raised will help us to feed our beautiful animals and help towards the general running costs of the park through this uncertain time. If anyone can help us, however big or small, now would be the time to do it and we would be truly grateful. We will not go down without a fight!”
The family-run park is home to a wide variety of animals from 30 snakes (including Davina, the 8ft boa constrictor) to spiders housed in the warm rooms, plus a zebra, flamingos, peacocks and resident favourite Archie the Armadillo. The various animal experiences on offer including spending an hour with lemurs, meerkats and wallabies - a fun and unique wedding present and a must-see for any minimooners visiting the region.The park want to thank the local community for their food parcels delivered over the past 11 weeks.