Published date: May 2020
Located just over 20 miles south-west of Norwich and signposted off the A11 and A140, Banham Zoo is a popular Norfolk attraction for visitors of all ages. This award-winning family attraction is home to some of the most exciting wildlife in the country, set in 50 acres of beautiful parkland and gardens, it has over 2,000 animals from around the world.
Welcoming its first guests in 1968, it was opened by Martin Goymour, the third generation of a well-respected Norfolk family, and in 2013, along with it sister park Africa Alive! near Lowestoft, became part of the Zoological Society of East Anglia (ZSEA). By becoming a registered charity this has enabled the parks to secure their long term futures, with the primary aims to the advancement of education, zoology, animal welfare, environmental protection and continue with the important work undertaken for wildlife conservation across the world.
There are many fascinating mammals from around the world at Banham Zoo including tigers, camels, lemurs, monkeys, sealions, cheetahs, red pandas, baboons, giraffes, red kangaroos, snow leopards, zebras and sloths.
Banham Zoo has a wide variety of reptiles, invertebrates, fish and amphibians including tarantulas, dwarf caimans, East African land snails, scorpions, hissing cockroaches, bearded dragons, leopard geckos, stick insects, tortoises, iguanas, royal pythons and tree frogs.
Discover an array of birds at Banham Zoo including emus, African white-backed vultures, African wood owls, bald eagles, black-footed penguins, parrots, blue and yellow macaws, boobook owls, Chilean flamingos, African spoonbills, cranes, European eagle owls, giant wood rails, African harrier hawks and great grey owls.
Banham Zoo is also home to a variety of domestic livestock including alpacas, donkeys, llamas and pygmy goats.
Visitors of Banham Zoo can book an on the day experience as well as pre-bookable experiences. These include feeding experiences, getting up close to certain creatures, birds of prey flying, animal trainer experiences, big cat experiences, keeper for the day experiences and photographic workshops. These make great gifts and the memories will last long after the experience finishes.
Sponsoring an animal at Banham Zoo is the perfect way for you to play a role in wildlife conservation. By sponsoring an animal, you are helping to care for their animals and supporting their conservation work of increasingly vulnerable animals worldwide. It makes the perfect gift for animal lovers of all ages.
Banham Zoo has 2 restaurants from which to choose, serving healthy lunches and tempting treats. Find delicious fish and chips, jacket potatoes, fresh stone-baked pizzas, afternoon tea and cake, sausage rolls, sandwiches, freshly made salads and more. Gluten free options are available and both indoor and outdoor seating is provided. Other Snack Shacks are located around the zoo selling snacks, drinks and a selection of ice creams. There are free drinking water stations around the zoo.
Facilities at Banham Zoo include an adventure play area, lockers, gift shop, picnic areas, wheelchair loan, pushchair hire, mobility scooter hire, baby changing facilities and disabled toilets.
To find out further details about Banham Zoo, including opening times, admission costs, annual and 2-year passes, animal sponsorship and conservation, please go to their website.