Salford City College launch their Outdoor Animal Centre. Special guest on the day was Molly Robbins from Channel 4’s Extreme Cake Makers.
It was much more than just paddocks, ponies and pythons at the official Salford City College Animal Centre Launch. Members of the local community and a city councillor flocked to the College’s Eccles Centre.
The official opening saw a range of new animals and species showcased at the Centre. It now includes a zoo-zone, paddocks, small mammal enclosures. A wildfowl area and a natural British wildlife enclosure with hedgehog rehabilitation facilities.
Representatives were there to talk to guests interested in a career with animals. Manchester Dogs Home, Equine Studies & Ryder’s Farm Equestrian and The Family Pet Show.
Visitors had a chance to meet and feed a large range of animals, reptiles. They were also given front row seats to filming for the hit Channel 4 show, ‘Extreme Cake Makers’.
Molly Robbins from ‘Extreme Cake Makers’ designed a very special cake for the event. Along with a TV crew to record footage for the episode that will air next Easter.
The cake, which was based on one the Centre’s most popular characters, Reggie the chameleon, was raffled off. Over £100 was raised for Hope View Sensory Farm, who came to accept the donation. This will go towards helping them provide a space for people who live with dementia or Alzheimer’s.
The centre is home to a range species such as goats, llamas, alpacas and donkeys. This is as well as the cuddlier of creatures like rabbits, chinchillas and even skunks.
The indoor facilities, which opened last year, are home to a range of reptiles, invertebrates and amphibians. Such as a bearded dragon, carpet python, hermit crabs and of course Reggie the chameleon.
The College has also invested in less common animals like genets, for further educational purposes. In addition to the substantial animal collections, the department also has 3 science labs, a microbiology lab and a brand new veterinary nursing suite. Which have all been created to industry standards.
Saf Arfan, Vice Principal said, “The facilities officially opened at the event are just phase one, and we are really excited about the rest of the facilities and animals which will complete the work.
Councillor Lisa Stone, Salford City Council said, “I am so proud that we have such a fantastic education provision for students in our city through Salford City College.
“I love that the College will be working with local primary and secondary schools and think it’s fantastic that we have such a community resource here in Eccles.
“The facilities opened today are amazing with such a wide range of animals, from domestic to exotic, and what’s even more exciting is that I’m told this is only the first phase. So watch this space as the facilities continue to be developed and established.