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Cedars Nature Centre: do you know this unusual Cheshunt zoo?

PUBLISHED: 10:41 29 January 2019

Cedars Nature Centre

Cedars Nature Centre

Cedars Nature Centre

A young community zoo in Hertfordshire with a collection of unusual animals wants more people to come and experience it

A young community zoo with a collection of unusual animals wants more people to come and experience it. Cedars Nature Centre in Cedars Park, Cheshunt opened in August 2017 and is run by Nick Spellman and Stuart Short. The pair took over the park’s Pets Corner, introduced more exotic animals and transformed it into a small zoo with breeding programmes.

Residents include Ziggy the zorilla (a skunk-like creature), Oswald the Virginia opossum, a tenrec which resembles a hedgehog, and armadillos. There are also 42 cockatiels, 23 budgies and a 14ft Burmese python. A native butterfly house is due to open this spring and there are plans to introduce a small cat species.

The free zoo, which hosts educational school visits and other events, is funded by donations. ‘A lot of people don’t realise we are here,’ Stuart (above with a bearded dragon) said. ‘We want to be an affordable attraction at the heart of the community and would love as many people as possible to visit. Many of our visitors visit weekly and it’s been lovely to get to know our patrons.’

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