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Our Animals for Sponsorship

At Ferne we have over three-hundred resident animals which need life-long care.

Your sponsorship means we can feed, look after and provide further enrichment for our much-loved residents.

Sponsorship packs include a sponsorship certificate with animal photograph and story, a free one-day pass to visit your sponsored animal, our @Ferne Magazine issued three times a year and an annual update of your sponsored animal.

Why don’t you make a gift of your sponsorship? Choose who you would like to sponsor and give it to the person who has everything! Or treat yourself, or a child – you’ll feel great and our animals will be happy and content.

Bamboo

Animal : Cow

Breed : Simmental X

Sex : Female

Colour : Brown & Beige

About me :

Bamboo a very pretty cow arrived at the Sanctuary in 2018 with her Mum Willow due to loss of grazing. Bamboo is a very shy but sweet addition to our herd of cattle and will remain at the Sanctuary together with her Mum. They will have a very good future here at Ferne, being well looked after and plenty of grass to graze!

Walter

Animal : Goat

Breed : x Breed

Sex : Male

Colour : Grey & White

About me :

Walter came to Ferne as an orphan in 2015, he was found after his Mum tragically fell from a cliff edge. Poor Walter was only a few hours old when he arrived at Ferne, small and fragile, he was hand reared by our dedicated Animal Care team. Walter wouldn’t have survived without the help of Ferne. He has become a handsome, cheeky young man who loves spending the summer out in the field with his friends and the Winter in the barn as he is not a fan of the cold weather!

Tom

Animal : Ferret

Sex : Male

Colour : Dark Polecat / Dark Sable

About me :

Tom arrived at Ferne due to the change of circumstances at his previous home. He is very intelligent, and has an inquisitive nature, so his enclosure is enriched with activities and things to investigate. Tom needs lots of space to explore as he is very imaginative when he plays and he enjoys digging and playing hide and seek. He can get quite excitable and he is sometimes seen doing a little dance on his back legs before charging off around the enclosure! This must be why he is always peckish and sleeps for around 18 hours a day!

Sid

Animal : Tortoise

Breed : Hermann’s

Sex : Male

About me :

Sid was found abandoned in a country lane with extensive damage to her shell, probably caused by a dog or fox. Sid is now far more mobile than when she arrived and now lives with all our other tortoises enjoying munching on her fresh daily greens and sunbathing under the sun lamp.

Fergus

Animal : Sheep

Breed : Soay

Sex : Male

Colour : Black / Brown

About me :

Fergus joined the resident animals at Ferne as he was too lively for his previous owner. He is a boisterous boy with a strong character and beautiful impressive full-curl horns. In the field he is Mr independent but very much the one the other boys look up to.

Billie

Animal : Pig

Breed : Mangalitsa / Saddle Back X

Sex : Female

Colour : Black

About me :

Billie arrived in 2018 with her Mum Blossom as their previous owner became unwell and unable to give them the care they needed. Billie loves a belly scratch and will roll over at the fence for anyone willing to offer this. Our pig enclosure is enriched with activities to keep them amused and the water container filled with pig nuts is Billie’s favourite game, she is often found carrying it around the field! Pigs will be pigs and there’s nothing Billie likes more than rolling in the mud and trying to splash visitors.

Fabio

Animal : Cat

Breed : Domestic Short Hair

Sex : Male

Colour : Black

About me :

Fabio was a stray who after consistently stealing food from a restaurant with no one to care for him was brought into Ferne. He has clearly had a traumatic life having hip dysplasia that cannot be operated on and neurological problems which makes him slightly displaced. He is a very loving cat and enjoys a fuss, of which he gets a lot of at Ferne! Due to Fabio’s ongoing health issues he is sadly unable to be rehomed, he will remain in the comfort and safety of the Sanctuary for the rest of his days with our other resident cats.

Ruffles

Animal : Pig

Breed : Kune Kune

Sex : Female

Colour : Pink & Black

About me :

Ruffles is a Kune Kune pig who arrived at Ferne as her owners no longer had the space for her. Ruffles loves human attention and will rush over to you for a fuss! She has a pair of tassels under her chin called Piri Piri, which is a classic feature of a Kune Kune pig. Ruffles loves being scratched and in the Summer months enjoys having her sun lotion applied! With a fruit and veg snack at lunch time she is always first in the queue, after which she enjoys playing in mud baths and getting up to ‘piggy’ mischief!

Isabella

Animal : Donkey

Sex : Female

Colour : Grey

About me :

Isabella was raised in a house by her previous owner and so since arriving at Ferne has had to learn to be a donkey and not a house pet! She has a very cheeky personality, loves a nose kiss and is often heard braying for breakfast! After much rehabilitation, Isabella now loves to be outdoors, often up close to the fence keeping a watchful eye on our visitors and kicking about the treat ball for parsnips and carrots. Isabella is great friends with Solo our Shetland Pony, they are often getting up to mischief as they both love plotting escapes!

Solo

Animal : Pony

Breed : Miniature Shetland

Sex : Male

Colour : Palomino

About me :

Solo came to live with us at Ferne as his owner did not have the time to keep him amused. Suffice to say, Solo is a very playful, 32 inch tall, cheeky little chap who is at his happiest when he is eating or getting into mischief. Due to his appetite he has to have regular workouts in the school to keep his tummy in check! Solo likes to escape if he thinks the grass is greener on the other side, so we rely on the other ponies and Isabella the donkey to keep him occupied!

Gordon

Animal : Horse

Breed : Hannovarian X TB

Sex : Male

Colour : Bay

About me :

Gordon was found abandoned in a field in the middle of winter. He was cold and starved, suffering from malnutrition which led to serious gastric ulcers. Gordon’s diet had to be carefully monitored to bring him back to full strength and he underwent extensive physiotherapy to improve his mobility. He is a beautiful horse who is now revealing his friendly character and loves to be around people. He has gained in confidence and enjoys looking after new arrivals and playing yoga ball!

The Chickens

About us :

We have quite a variety of chickens onsite who all enjoy a free-range life at Ferne. They live here for many reasons; some have been rehomed to us due to a change in circumstances, were no longer wanted or were in danger from predators. They will all live with us to free roam the Sanctuary for the rest of their lives. They love to spend the day scratching the ground for worms, seeds and insects. Our Animal Care team scatter around extra food for the chickens to forage for, this helps to keep them busy and healthy. If you come for lunch in our cafe you may experience sharing your food with the occasional chicken who has learned that the decking area is a great source of food!

The Guinea Pigs

About us :

Ferne currently provides a home for 17 guinea pigs and these little guys all have a large enclosure with plenty of enrichment. For this reason, we do not usually rehome our guinea pigs as we believe moving them from the Sanctuary would not benefit their wellbeing. They live in several groups with lots of company, which guinea pigs love! Their enclosures provide them with lots of places to hide when the Sanctuary is busy. This is a natural behaviour for little prey animals Guinea pigs do not produce their own vitamin C so they require large quantities of daily fresh fruit and vegetables, if you are nice and quiet you will see them having a good old munch, otherwise they will hide away in one of their many hiding places!