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 ‘Owl’timate encounters

Talons Owltimate Encounters at Hendra Farm


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.

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Our beautiful Willow. Had her first outing on the glove and behaved like a pro. Now four months old she's flying and starting to lose her baby fluff. #spectacledowl #loveowls #Cornwall ... See MoreSee Less

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This is Hendra Jackson! A very proud day for me on Sunday when he won the heavy horse championship at Tregony show. Jackson is Connie's first foal (half brother to Rosie) and is nine years old. I try to keep track of all the Shire horses I've bred, and to see them being very successful brings immense joy and pride. He is very much loved by his owners which is doubly wonderful. Magnificent isn't he? 😍🐴
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Viddy, our first Shire horse and now 26yrs young. A true gentle giant. Wearing a fly mask to keep the pesky critters out of her eyes. I've never seen the flies as bad as they are this year, and have put masks on all the horses, much to their relief. 🐎🐴
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