FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WORLD’S FINEST OWL COLLECTION NEEDS NEW HOME
CUMBRIAN ESTATE TERMINATES MILLENNIUM AGREEMENT WITH WORLD OWL TRUST
After 26 years as one of Cumbria’s leading tourist attractions, the world acclaimed owl conservation charity, the World Owl Trust, is to leave its Muncaster Castle headquarters following the unexpected termination of its current Agreement with the Muncaster Estate.
The Trust’s renowned World Owl Centre is currently home to almost 200 owls of around 50 different species and is widely acknowledged as the finest owl collection in the world. In the 2013 season the Trust welcomed over 62,000 visitors who came to see the owls housed in large sensitively landscaped aviaries and learn about the Trust’s work.
Commenting on the forthcoming move away from the Muncaster Estate, WOT President Tony Warburton (who was awarded an MBE for ‘Services to Owl Conservation’) says “Our fabulous owl collection is only the visible part of the Trust’s work, but is nevertheless a vitally important one. Despite this blow we are determined to remain the leading authority on the breeding of endangered owls and their conservation. I feel certain that the World Owl Trust will be able to continue its work and provide a fantastic visitor attraction once we find a new home. However, we need to act quickly as we only have until the end of the current season to do so. We urgently need help; otherwise we will run out of time and may then be faced with the unthinkable”.
Tony stresses that if the right offer comes along, the Trust is willing to move the World Owl Centre anywhere in the UK, ideally to a Country Park or large Estate with a sympathetic landowner. If one can be found the Centre is certain to provide a major visitor attraction and allow the Trust to continue its all important educational and conservation activities.
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The World Owl Trust, registered charity No. 1107529, was formed in 1972 and is widely acknowledged as the world’s leading global owl conservation organisation. It has Overseas Representatives working all over the world, including current projects in the Philippines and Nepal. Its patrons are the Lord Forteviot, Prof. David Bellamy OBE, Bill Oddie OBE and acclaimed wildlife artist Linda Wain.
For further information on the Trust and this announcement see www.owls.org or click to E-mail Tony Warburton or by phone 01229 717629. Photographs available.
World Owl Trust
The Owl Centre
Cumbria. CA18 1RQ
Tel: (+44) (0)1229 717393
|World Owl Trust
Registered Charity Number: 1107529
Limited Company Number: 5296745
The World Owl Trust is a member of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) and the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EAZA). The Trust relies on a dedicated membership, visitors, donations and legacies.