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Lackham welcomes hundreds of visitors to fifth Animal Care Open Day
17 May 2017

Lackham welcomes hundreds of visitors to fifth Animal Care Open Day

Lackham’s annual Animal Care Open Day proved a huge success with hundreds of people visiting to meet some of the college’s smaller residents.

The event, now in its fifth year, enabled children and adults to get up close and personal with meerkats, marmosets, lemurs, bearded dragons, rabbits, guinea pigs, snakes, spiders, a coati and more!

Equine students brought their ponies, which included a Shetland mare and her foal, and there was also a chance to meet Lackham’s newest mammal, Mia the raccoon, and explore the Zoological garden, which is home to tortoises and a variety of tropical birds and plants.

Staff and students were pleased to welcome stallholders selling a range of food and crafts, animal  charities talking about the work they do and also families, who brought their pets along to take part in a dog show, sponsored by Leekes.

Venetia Summers, Head of Department for Animal Care and Equine, said: “The Animal Care Open Day was a huge success with many families enjoying the sunshine, a range of activities and picnicking.

“Students gave their own time to showcase and share their learning experiences with the public by providing a range of talks and demonstrations.

“Families also had an opportunity to engage with charities such as the Blue Cross, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, RSPB, The Whale and Dolphin Conservation, The Marine Conservation, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, Wiltshire Bat Protection and The Wiltshire Mammal Group.

“It was great seeing families take part and win prizes in the dog agility and dog show classes and enjoying science related activities in the lab as well as having the opportunity to handle a range of animals.”

The Animal Open day also featured Chuffy the land train, which proved popular during the Lambing Weekends, a bouncy castle and face painting.

Lackham will reopen its doors to the public again on Sunday 4th June for its Country and Garden Festival.

To see more photographs from the event, visit our Facebook page.