Rare Species Conservation Centre

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Rare Species Conservation Centre
Black-and-white Ruffed Lemur at The Monkey Rainforest, predecessor to the RSCC
Date opened 2006
Location Sandwich, Kent, England
Coordinates 51°15′40″N 1°19′37″E / 51.26111°N 1.32694°E / 51.26111; 1.32694Coordinates: 51°15′40″N 1°19′37″E / 51.26111°N 1.32694°E / 51.26111; 1.32694
Land area 1.5 acres (0.61 ha)
Website www.rarespeciesconservationcentre.org

The Rare Species Conservation Centre (RSCC) was a conservation centre and zoological gardens situated just outside Sandwich in Kent, England, operated by The Rare Species Conservation Trust, a UK registered charity. Its purpose was to educate visitors and create awareness of the plight of some of the world’s lesser-known rare and endangered species of animal. It is home to rare and unusual animals.


The RSCC was created in 2006, having formerly been a small children’s zoo called The Monkey Rainforest which was home to species of lemurs, cats, birds, reptiles, and other creatures. Currently, the zoo is closed to the public, only having a few open days during the year.


The 1.5-acre (0.61 ha) zoo consists of two major areas, an indoor covered rainforest and outdoor geographic areas, each divided into areas corresponding to the geographical groupings of the animals.

The indoor rainforest houses the collection of Australasian animals and those from South and Central America. It has a large stream running in a circular path throughout the exhibit, with two waterfalls and two large ponds.

The exterior has two main areas, one devoted to the fauna of Madagascar, and the other to animals from South-East Asia.


The RSCC houses species of birds, reptiles, mammals and amphibians from Africa, South America, Australasia and Asia including: Bali Starling, Victoria Crowned Pigeon, Cuban Flamingo, Madagascar Teal, Binturong, Brazilian Ocelot, Clouded Leopard, Cotton-top tamarin, Emperor tamarin, Crowned lemur, Fat-tailed dwarf lemur, Fossa, Goeldi's Monkey, Jaguarundi, Malayan Tapir, Owston's Civet, Potto, Pygmy Slow Loris, Red ruffed lemur, Slow Loris, Western Grey bamboo lemur, Rhinoceros Hornbill, Smooth-Coated Otters, Sun Bears, New Guinea Singing Dogs, Radiated Tortoise, Pallas Cat, Black-footed Cats, Malayan Tigers, fishing cats, Snow Leopard.


The site occupied 1.5 acres (0.61 ha). The charitable trust that operated the centre is hoping to expand into 5 acres (2.0 ha) adjacent to the current property.

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