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Wild of captive there is no such things as a safe tiger

31th May 2017


Charity status does not guarantee good animal welfare

19th April 2017



16th April 2017


An apology for the one creature we dislike here at GR HQ.

14th December 2016


Highlighting the plight of native wildlife

on Hawaii

28th November 2016


A great day tarnished by a rumour, time to set the record straight.

21st June 2016



Plans for the future are getting bigger and bigger!

17th June 2016



Think we're not up to much?  You're wrong!

8th June 2016


A statement on the incident at Cincinnati Zoo on May 28th.

6th June 2016



How you can help hedgehogs!

5th May 2016


Why it is always best to leave rescue to the professionals.

5th May 2016




Looking for a career with animals?

22nd April 2016




How we were blown away on Easter Saturday 2016

1st April 2016




The reality behind this "cute" trend.

30th March 2016


How can anyone think that captivity is better than the wilderness?!

21st February 2016




Animal rescue is very emotive, but that doesn't mean we can't be civil.

18th February 2016




Grace, the Scorpions, Sun Beetles and Vinnie get a makeover!

7th February 2016



Looking back on the time since our move to Warwickshire.

4th February 2016


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How to contact us:

Phone: 01676 471390

Mobile: 07841 623106


Post: Grace's Rest, PO Box 6420,                  Coventry, CV6 9LS


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Office hours: 10am - 5pm


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Meet the Owner-Operator, Clare Barnard BSc.(Hons)


Clare is a research scientist and PhD candidate at the University of Lincoln where she is studying wildlife conservation and the direct impact of the exotic pet trade on wild animal populations.  She will be working from the Laboratory of Evolutionary Ecology of Adaptations.  Clare has also been honoured to become part of the Global Amphibian Biodiversity research team.


Clare has almost 20 years professional experience in the husbandry of exotic animals a specialism in the genetics of British herpetofauna.  She has worked with wild Adders (Vipera berus) and endangered Natterjack Toads (Epidalea calamita) under Natural England license conditions.  Clare has worked as a zookeeper and within private collections including her own.  She lives in rural North Warwickshire, on-site at Grace's Rest, with a whole host of animals!

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