Banham Zoo

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Banham Zoo
Date opened 1968
Location Banham, Norfolk, England
Coordinates 52°26′41″N 1°1′30″E / 52.44472°N 1.02500°E / 52.44472; 1.02500Coordinates: 52°26′41″N 1°1′30″E / 52.44472°N 1.02500°E / 52.44472; 1.02500
Land area 50 acres (20 ha) [1]
Number of animals >2000[1]
Number of species 100
Annual visitors 200,000
Memberships BIAZA,[2] EAZA,[3] WAZA[4]
Website www.banhamzoo.co.uk

Banham Zoo is a privately owned 50-acre (20 ha) zoo in Banham, Norfolk, England, UK, home to over 2000 animals. It opened its doors to the public in 1968 and has since been often awarded the prize of Norfolk's Top Attraction, by numerous different organisations, with an annual visitor attendance of in excess of 200,000 people. The owner and Managing Director of the zoo also owns other public attractions including Africa Alive! near Lowestoft, Suffolk, England.

History[edit]

The Banham Zoo started as a collection of pheasants and parrots, and opened to the public in 1968. In 1971 it acquired a colony of woolly monkeys and became the "Banham Zoo and Woolly Monkey Sanctuary". Today it has acquired a much larger collection of animals, but still retains one of the best collections of smaller monkeys in Europe.[5]

Animals[edit]

Birds at the zoo include Emu, Chilean Flamingo, Sun Conure, Black-footed Penguin, Black-necked Swan, Blue-and-yellow Macaw, Black Kite, Red-crested Turaco, Laughing Kookaburra, Von der Decken's Hornbill, Temminck's Tragopan, Snowy Owl, Spectacled Owl, Australian Wood Duck, Moluccan Cockatoo, Swainson's Lorikeet, Scarlet Ibis, African Spoonbill and Red-legged Seriema.

Primates at the zoo include Siamang, Colombian Black Spider Monkey, Black-and-white Ruffed Lemur, Goeldi's Monkey, Geoffroy's Marmoset, Ring-tailed Lemur, Golden Lion Tamarin, Golden-headed Lion Tamarin, Sclater's Lemur, Sambirano Bamboo Lemur, Red Ruffed Lemur, Pygmy Marmoset, Kikuyu Black-and-white Colobus Monkey, Red-bellied Lemur, White-faced Saki Monkey, Cotton-topped Tamarin and Emperor Tamarin.

Other Mammals at the zoo include Red Kangaroo, Giraffe, Sri Lankan Leopard, Geoffroy's Cat, Bactrian Camel, Black-tailed Prairie Marmot, Oriental Short-clawed Otter, Red Panda, Slender-tailed Meerkat, Pygmy Donkey, Grevy's Zebra, Maned Wolf, Mongolian Sheep, Cameroon Sheep, Formosan Sika Deer, Siberian Tiger, Cheetah, Snow Leopard, South African Fur Seal, Kune Kune Pig and Llama.

Reptiles and invertebrates at the zoo include Madagascan Hissing Cockroach, Royal Python, Two-spot Assassin Bug, Giant African Land Snail, Bearded Dragon, Rainbow Boa, Mexican Red-kneed Tarantula, Leopard Gecko, Honduran Milksnake, Chilean Rose Tarantula, Curly-haired Tarantula and Tanzanian Red-legged Millipede.

Exhibits[edit]

The Province of the Snow Cat is an exhibit that was opened in 2009 for the zoo's breeding pair of Snow Leopards. It features rock-faces and a meandering alpine stream. Three cubs were born here in 2010.

The Giraffe House was built and opened as a celebration of the zoo's 40th anniversary. Since its opening in 2008, several successful Giraffe births have occurred.

The Bird Garden is a short walk on a meandering path. It features several aviaries with other enclosures opposite. These feature different birds and smaller monkeys respectively. Such species include Von der Decken's Hornbill, Swainson's Lorikeet, Bali Starling, Geoffroy's Marmoset, Cotton-topped Tamarin, and Golden-headed Lion Tamarin.

Lemur Encounters was opened in late 2011 and features two Lemur species in a well-sized enclosure. The public can walk around this exhibit where they can expect to see Red Ruffed and Ring-tailed Lemurs making use of their newly acquired large open space.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Banham Zoo". banhamzoo.co.uk. Banham Zoo. Retrieved 202-02-23. 
  2. ^ "BIAZA Zoos and Aquariums". biaza.org.uk. BIAZA. Retrieved 27 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "EAZA Member Zoos & Aquariums". eaza.net. EAZA. Retrieved 27 September 2010. 
  4. ^ "Zoos and Aquariums of the World". waza.org. WAZA. Retrieved 27 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "Banham Zoo". goodzoos.com. GoodZoos.com. Retrieved 2009-05-19. 

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