Birmingham Nature Centre

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Birmingham Nature Centre
Entrance with snow on the ground
Date opened 1974
Location Birmingham, England
Coordinates 52°27′02″N 1°54′38″W / 52.450498°N 1.910430°W / 52.450498; -1.910430Coordinates: 52°27′02″N 1°54′38″W / 52.450498°N 1.910430°W / 52.450498; -1.910430
Annual visitors 1,450
Memberships EAZA[1]
Website www.birmingham.gov.uk/naturecentre

Birmingham Nature Centre (formerly Birmingham Zoo) is a small zoo on the edge of Cannon Hill Park in Birmingham, England. It is managed by Birmingham City Council.

Animals[edit]

The zoo features mainly small mammals. Its occupants include:

Red Pandas[edit]

A Red Panda at the Centre

The Nature centre used to have a pair of male Red Pandas. However these have been re-housed as part of the national breeding program. Ming Ming is visiting a female Red Panda in the Welsh Mountain Zoo.

Babu[edit]

Babu is a red panda who disappeared from the nature centre in November 2005 and spent four days "on the loose" before being discovered. Nature centre staff believe he was blown out of a tree and found himself outside his enclosure. His disappearance and the city-wide panda hunt that ensued made national headlines. After being discovered by a dog-walker in Moseley, Babu was dramatically reunited with his brother Tensing live on Midlands Today.[2][3][4][5]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "EAZA Member Zoos & Aquariums". eaza.net. EAZA. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Runaway Birmingham panda found up tree". telegraph.co.uk. The Telegraph (UK). 3 November 2005. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Kelbie, Paul (4 Nov 2005). "The end of freedom for Babu the escape artist". findarticles.com. The Independent (London). Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Red panda boosts visitor numbers". bbc.co.uk. BBC. 24 January 2006. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Bounds, Jon (10 September 2007). "Brummie of the Year 2005". birminghamitsnotshit.co.uk. BiNS. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 

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