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Tobago Birds of Prey and Rehabilitation Centre

Posted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 6:30 pm
by Steve Pitts
I have seen two references to the Tobago Birds of Prey and Rehabilitation Centre on myTobago - both refering to the use of captive raptors as a deterrent (at The Tobago Cocoa Estate and Coco Reef Resort) for nuisance birds.

Is there a visitor centre or can a pre-arranged visit be arranged?

Even a Google search doesn't find a website or blog


Re: Tobago Birds of Prey and Rehabilitation Centre

Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2011 10:13 am
by Steve Wooler
Hi Steve

Good question!

Currently, Kelton Thomas does not have premises. His birds are kept in a building behind his home in Canaan. I have visited it and the birds are clearly well looked after, but it is clearly not an ideal environment to be in a built-up urban area. Ignorant mindless idiots in the local community appear to agree with this - but for very different reasons to my own. His aviary has been regularly attacked by local hooligans and was set on fire once, with the loss of life of a couple of his birds.

Fortunately, the THA have decided to do something good for once (makes a change from mindless squandering of money building a goat racing stadium) and have provided Kelton with some land in a more suitable location. It will take a few years until the bush has been cleared, the aviary built and I will certainly advise when that has been done and the facility is open to the public.

Fully trained as a falconer in Scotlant, Kelton is doing an extremely worthwhile job and deserves all the encouragement he can be given.

Re: Tobago Birds of Prey and Rehabilitation Centre

Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2011 11:27 am
by Steve Pitts
Hi Steve

Many thanks for the detailed info.
What on earth posseses these people to vandalise a bird rescue centre? :shock:

Good news that Kelton has some land for his birds and I hope that in time he establishes a breeding program.

I'm sure he will be aware that orgs such as the Audubon Society, RSPB, WWF may be worth contacting for future funding for out buildings, aviaries etc.