TALONS at Hendra Farm

Education, Conservation and Rehabilitation

Animal Parties and Encounters

Animal encounters for all ages and abilities

TALONS 'Owltimate' Encounters

Meet them, hold them and fly them!

Shires horses at Hendra Farm

Noble and gentle giants!

Rheas at Hendra Farm

Breeders of these endearing and quirky birds

Herdwick sheep at Hendra Farm

The Houdinis of the sheep world.......!

We bring the zoo to you!

For all events throughout Cornwall & South Devon

Welcome to Hendra Farm and Talons Owltimate Encounters CIC

Talons logo


Hendra Farm combines traditional farming with a fully licensed private zoo, dedicated to conservation and education.


Hendra Farm is set amongst the stunning countryside of South East Cornwall, and is home to an eclectic mix of much loved horses, birds, reptiles, exotic and farm animals, and the awe inspiring owls of Talons, a unique owl and reptile experience centre. The farm is zoo licensed and is run by Senara and David Collings, whose high standards of animal welfare and commitment to their lifestyle, is their overriding passion.

Hendra Farm itself is a traditional smallholding that keeps Herdwick sheep, Rheas, alpacas, pigs and Shire horses and is home to the ‘Ansum Burger Co. – you can find out more by visiting the farm page – please click here.

Talons ‘Owl’timate Encounters is an owl and reptile centre and private licensed zoo, and is the perfect place for the ‘owl’timate owl or reptile encounter! We offer a unique and memorable experience for all owl lovers where you can meet them, hold them and even fly them! For more information visit the Talons page by clicking herePrior Booking Is Essential

There is also a collection of reptiles, invertebrates and other exotic mammals. Our reptile and invertebrate experiences offer a real ‘hands on’ and educational encounter with these fascinating creatures. Experiences can be booked by email or phone – you can also purchase gift vouchers from our online shop.

Our two superstar alpacas, Little Man and Fleur, are available for walking excursions, when they’re not out and about visiting homes and appearing at events. They are both incredibly friendly and love exploring. You can book your walking experience either by email or phone, and gift vouchers are available in our online shop. For more information on Little Man & Fleur please visit our animal encounters page.

We welcome group visits to the farm, from April to October. A day full of structured and educational animal activities, with a good dollop of fun – suitable for all ages and abilities. Refreshments are provided and we can also organise a BBQ. Suitable for schools, special needs, clubs etc.  Please contact us to discuss your requirements. Prior Booking is Essential

All our experiences/visits/workshops must be booked in advance – by email or phone. Click here for contact details.

Gift vouchers are available for all the experiences and the alpaca walking – please visit our online shop. You can also adopt some of the birds and animals which entitles you to a VIP visit – an ideal gift!

We travel throughout Cornwall and South Devon providing exciting animal encounters to all ages and abilities. Our animal encounters allows everyone to meet the birds and animals, as we bring the zoo to you! We visit schools, nursing homes, groups, clubs, holiday parks etc. and we also have the Reptile & Raptor Roadshow that travels around shows, fetes, rallies and other events in Cornwall and South Devon. More information can be found on our Animal Encounters page – please click here.

Many of our reptiles and animals have either been rescued or re-homed, and they are given a forever home and a new lease of life. We are not a dedicated rescue centre, but we will step in where we can. We have rehabilitated several birds and animals over the years, and we take great pride in seeing them go on to lead long and purposeful lives.

We are zoo licensed, fully insured and DBS checked. 


Member of The International Owl Society

Providing a World Wide Forum for all of those interested in Owls and supporting Owl Conservation globally. The International Owl Society was formed in 1995 and it’s objectives are to further the enhancement of husbandry for captive bred owls. To improve the breeding results of captive bred owl species and to participate in Research and Conservation programmes around the world.

Hendra Farm Facebook Feed

Talons are at 'Looe Saves The Day' music festival! Find us in the Toc H Centre, next to Millpool car park. #animals #barnowl #owls #rabbit #snakes #rain #music #musicfestival ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

2 days ago

Hendra Farm & Talons Owltimate Encounters CIC

Looe Saves The Day music weekend. THE REPTILE & RAPTOR ROADSHOW will be there!! It's been a slightly fraught week as the weather forecast isn't good and we thought it was going to scupper our plans to bring the roadshow (heavy rain + strong winds + gazebo = non starter). However, we can now announce the following times and venues:

SATURDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER 11am - 4pm (ish) The TOC H CENTRE, Millpool - right opposite Looe Chandlery

SUNDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER 11am - 4pm (ish) Millpool Centre Looe

A huge thank you to both venues for stepping at the last minute to 'save our day'!

So whatever the weather throws at us, fear not, we will be safe in the warm and dry, so pop along and have your creature fix!!

Looe Looe's News Looe Tourist Information Centre Looe Love
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

4 days ago

Hendra Farm & Talons Owltimate Encounters CIC

Evening all! Just a few photos from the Devonport Park Proms in the Park event on Sunday, luckily the weather held out long enough for us to have a full day, meeting lots of wonderful people (sadly it was too cold for the snakes so they snoozed in the warmth of the car - at least they had a car ride!). Fleur and Little Man were absolute stars, they really do enjoy the attention and cuddles. Our therapy rabbit, Whiskey, spent the day chilling with Clunk, the tortoise and Bracket, the Dark-Breasted Barn Owl: another star! The 'Aww-box' contained Scruff, a young (very scruffy) guinea pig; African Pygmy hedgehogs and Clarabelle, the Skinny pig.
The organisers were very helpful and made us feel so welcome, we are thankful for those whom came to see us and hope to see everyone again 🙂

Oh, and we caused a bit of a stir going across the ferry with the alpacas in tow!!
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

2 weeks ago

Hendra Farm & Talons Owltimate Encounters CIC

A few photos from the Redruth Pasty Festival on Saturday; we were extremely busy and had a lovely day. The animals were brilliant, as always! Biscuit, the British Barn Owl was so good! She's only 18months old so she's still learning, but she really is the prettiest little bird! @ Redruth ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook