Finally Zoos in East Anglia have been given the green light and we can visit and support our regions best loved parks
Booking may be required so please follow the link to check on each zoo’s opening policies. But more importantly, enjoy the animals, celebrate the hard work of the keepers and enable our regions zoo’s to continue to do the preservation and ecology work they provide our planet.
we recently wrote an article #SaveOurZoo’s and these zoos in East Anglia still need out support so check out the link if you’re keen to help. Save our Zoos: how you can help our East Anglia Zoos
Woburn Park, Bedfordshire
With over 80 species of wildlife including lions, tigers and bears, this award winning popular attraction is one of the biggest safari parks in the UK.
Dakota, one of Woburn Safari Park’s lionesses, is set to have her paws full this summer after giving birth to five adorable cubs. The 29th June marked their first day out, as the mini pride discovered their new playground; the outdoor paddock adjacent to their specially designed house.
The latest arrivals were born to mother Dakota and father Joco in the early hours of the morning, during lockdown on the 24th April. These cubs, along with the pair that were born in July last year to Dakota’s own daughter, Zuri, has seen the pride increase to 13 lions in total.
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo reopened to the public on Monday 15 June after an unprecedented three months of closure due to the coronavirus lockdown. The loss of income put the charity zoo under huge financial pressure as they continued to provide the highest level of care for their animals. Now open to limited numbers only, ZSL, the international conservation charity behind the Zoo, is calling on the public to help ensure they stay open by booking a ticket, joining as a member or donating to ZSL at www.zsl.org/justgiving.
Linton Zoo is a conservation centre, which focuses on breeding species which are vulnerable to extinction. Entry is £8 for adults, £6.50 for children aged 2-13. Expect to see a good variety of jungle cats, birds, reptiles and smaller animals.
Great Amwell, Hertfordshire
Home to a variety of exotic animals ranging from giant snakes through to zebras, adventurers of all ages will be able to get even closer to the action with daily keeper talks, animal feeds and even the chance to go behind the scenes with an Animal Experience.
Open daily the new zoological gardens are located within the grounds of the Van Hage Garden centre in Great Amwell, Hertfordshire, ideally situated just off the A10 and A414.
As you step inside Colchester Zoo learn about the animals as you see them up close, watch one of many daily displays and take the opportunity to ride on the ‘Lost Madagascar Express’ road train. Come face to face with Komodo dragons and see white rhino, giraffes, ostrich and kudu roaming together in the Kingdom of the Wild. Plus, this summer look out for the new addition to the family, how adorable is this baby Aardvark.
Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
Take a walk on the wild side at Thrigby Hall. Among the glorious green gardens, you’ll find jungle cats, primates and pandas. Take the chance to tour the Hall itself and historic gardens, before encountering the many endangered species that have been rescued.
Thrigby Hall has fast become a last refuge for many species as their natural habitat is destroyed. As well as large animals you’ll also find reptiles, otters, rodents and lots of feathered friends – a walk through the aviary is a must for all visitors! Special attractions include the Willow Pattern Garden, Lime Tree Lookout and Tiger Tree Walk.
Banham Zoo is an award-winning family attraction with over 2,000 animals from around the world and set in 50 acres of beautiful parkland and gardens. Throughout the day there are plenty of activities to thrill and entertain families, including daily animal feeding talks, ‘Amazing Animals!’ presentations and one of the most exciting ‘Birds of Prey’ displays in the UK!
Amazona Zoo in Cromer offers a fun day out for the whole family. It’s home to over 200 animals specifically from tropical South America, including jaguars, monkeys, peccaries, macaws, parrots, capuchins, spiders, snakes, flamingos and many more.
The zoo also boasts an impressive outdoor play area, a 30ft Yurt ideal for rainy days and a hub for educating visitors, and a large, well-equipped indoor play area. The bespoke enclosure features a very long tunnel housing around 3,000 Atta Cephalotes where visitors can see the ants at work and feeding.
And finally for our Zoos in East Anglia round up – Africa Alive! explore the sights and sounds of Africa and discover lions, giraffes, meerkats, hunting dogs and many more animals from the African continent. The spectacular centrepiece of Africa Alive!, ‘Plains of Africa’, is the perfect place to spot five species of African savannah animals, including giraffes and rhinos. For more information and ticket prices visit www.africa-alive.co.uk
Zoos in East Anglia – how could we forget!
we’ve got to add this last zoo to the round up….
On the border of Herts and Essex have an inspiring history of how the park came to be. The success it is today, is down to the fighting spirit spurred on by its staff (who are literally one big family) charity efforts are keeping the park alive but it’s not enough and they need help too. Read about the latest amazing efforts by park CEO Lynn Whitnall for this years 2.6 Challenge when Lynn ran 26miles around the park to raise money for the Zoological Society of Hertfordshire and The Big Cat Sanctuary.