Isle of Man is purrfect home for Harry Potter cat

Hermione’s pet cat Crookshanks from Harry Potter Now lives in the Isle of Man! […]

The Manx Basking Shark Watch

The Manx Basking Shark Watch is a project run by the Manx Wildlife Trust

The basking shark Cetorhinus maximus, is the second largest fish in the world! They are listed as endangered on the IUCN red list. Some genetic work indicates that there may only be 8200 breeding females left in the whole world. They are protected from being hunted or harassed in the Isle of Man and in many, but not all, parts of […]

Elvis the guanaco

HE may not be conventionally good looking, but male guanaco Elvis is certainly attracting attention from visitors at the Wildlife Park.

Elvis – named after the legendary singer because of his curled lip – has been at the Ballaugh park since his birth in 2000.

But interest has grown in the llama-like animal so much, a notice went up last week to explain why he looks the way he does.

Elvis likes to make his […]

Public asked for their views on their favourite Spring birds

A male Blackcap

MANX BirdLife is asking members of the public which birds people most look forward to seeing – or hearing – in the Island in Spring.

As the Island’s winter bird visitors such as Waxwings and Whooper Swans leave to return to their summer homes, a new wave of birds will be arriving and resident birds will be getting ready for the new breeding season.

Possible favourites could be Rooks re-building […]

Exhausted seal pups back to health and ready for release into the wild

 

The MSPCA rescues exhausted and underweight seals and nurses them back to health before releasing them back into the wild – credit www.mspca.im

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The MSPCA rescues exhausted and underweight seals and nurses them back to health before releasing them back into the wild – credit www.mspca.im

Kookaburra, Cormorant and Foillan are now ready to be released into the wild

It costs up to £80 a day […]

Ferrets

What are ferrets?

A ferret is a member of the weasel family (left).

‘‘The Mustelids’’ which means a smelly animal that gives off a sent to mark there territory. Ferrets are also related to skunks, minks, badgers, pole cats(below) (which a ferret is arrogantly bred from) and otters.

This is a picture of a baby pole cat (left)

What are the uses for ferrets?

Ferrets are bred for many different reasons.

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Barn Owl

What do barn owls eat?

Barn owls eat small mammals, rodents and birds.

When are barn owls active?

Barn owls are active at night when they will hunt for food. Barn owls are active all year round in all most the whole of Europe.

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Where do there live?

Barn owls live in old sheds, old barns, old buildings or holes in trees.

Did you know?

In […]

Harries Hawks

What do Harris hawks eat?

Mice, baby chicks from other birds and rabbits as well as other small mammals, they would shred the flesh into tiny pieces and swallow that because they don’t have any teeth but they do have a strong sharp beck

When are Harris hawks active?

Harris hawks are active in the day time when they would come out to hunt.

Caring for a Harris Hawk

It a big job […]

Seals

These are two pictures of grey seals

How do you tell the different between a common and a grey seal?

Common seals have a stubby nose; their nostrils are in a v shape and are normally a sandy colour with darker spots. While grey seals have a long snout, an almost vertical nostril and are obvious grey.

Did you know?

Seals have very sharp teeth and strong jaws for hunting fish to eat. Seals […]

Friends of the Wildlife Park Volunteer Scheme Launched

The Department of Community, Culture and Leisure has launched a volunteer scheme at the Curraghs Wildlife Park.

Hon. David Cretney MHK, Minister for Community, Culture and Leisure said,

“The Curraghs Wildlife Park is a popular attraction and over the years many people have asked about getting involved with the Park and its animals. Through the Friends of the Wildlife Park, I am delighted that we can now put in place a scheme that […]