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So you’re visiting Cornwall on your next St Ives Cottage break? Then there is something you don’t want to miss. Of course Cornish ice creams, Cornish pasties and Cider are a great way to get a good feel for the local area, but what other experiences are there I hear you say?

Well, try this for a treat. The Paradise Park is fun for any animal lover. Established in 1973 originally as a tropical bird centre, popularity of the park has gone from strength to strength and seen many new additions come to the park such as the otters, red pandas, red squirrels and the rare Cornish Chough.

The award winning park has proven to be a big hit will all ages of visitors with a ‘Fun Farm’ for the kids and daily events will allow you to get closer to the wildlife than you ever expected. Inside the park you will also find a great range of tropical plants that thrive well in the Cornish climate.  2005 saw the opening of the greatly anticipated Jungle Barn indoor play centre providing a vast amount of entertainment for children no matter what the weather has in store.

For all of you that take a particular shine to the animals there is a opportunity that allows you to adopt an animal for a year. Prices vary depending on the size of the bird but complimentary tickets come as part of the package.

The expansion of the support for the parrots has seen the trust support groups in USA, Africa, Canada, Australia, Benelux, France, Germany, Italy, Scandinavia, and Switzerland. The funds that have been raised have totaled over £1 million and helped 23 different species of parrot.

Red squirrels also reside at the park and are in captivity due to a breeding program that is aimed at increasing their numbers and then releasing them back into the wild.

You will also find a few otters living at the park, as the destruction of their natural habitat has seen numbers fall and the park have committed their work to stabilizing dropping figures and even getting them to incline again.

For a grand day out to see red squirrels, talking birds and a lot of otters, head over to Paradise Park and make your Cornish stay a memorable one.

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