On Saturday 30th July Banham Zoo are delighted to announce the launch of a ‘Pokémon Go Lure Event’ which is believed to be one of the first, at any tourist attraction in East Anglia.
The zoo is welcoming Pokemon Go players as they set off a lure module at one of the 12 PokéStops located around the zoo, every 30 minutes. The lure modules (which attract the digital characters) will be activated by the zoo. It is expected that hundreds of extra guests will visit Banham Zoo, part of the Zoological Society of East Anglia, hoping to catch them all.
“It’s exciting to learn that the zoo has so many PokéStops and gyms, for our guests who are playing Pokémon Go. As well as over 2,000 animals from around the world, we can also now claim to be home to hundreds of digital ones too! You can actually see a lot of similarities that some of the Pokémon characters have with real world animals – where else are you going to be able to take photos of some of your favourite Pokémon, with their real world look-a-likes? On top of all that, it’s a safe place to play” Park Operations Manager, Ben Rowe stated.
With 12 PokéStops and 2 gyms, the zoo is a hotbed of Pokémon activity and a fantastic spot for gamers to collect items and experience points whilst enjoying what the zoo has to offer including feed talks, a free safari roadtrain, Amazing Animals! presentations and one of the most exciting Bird of Prey displays in the UK all set in 50 acres of beautiful parkland and gardens.
“We already provide free public WiFi at the zoo, so it’s not unusual to see our guests using their phones to take photos, Snapchat, tweet or check in – This is an additional fun activity that guests can participate in, if they wish too” Mr Rowe said, “We’ve checked where each PokéStop is located and none of them are in areas that are closed to the public or within animal enclosures. As always, we encourage our guests to be aware of their surroundings and respectful of barriers and other guests.”
Tickets to visit Banham Zoo on the day of the event can be purchased at zoo admission on arrival or via our website www.banhamzoo.co.uk. It is expected to prove very popular so early arrival is advised.
Admission Prices (Including a voluntary donation)
Adult: £22.95 – Child: £16.95 – Children: under 3’s FREE
Pokémon Trainer Map
We have created a trainer map for you to use when visiting us to help you find the PokéStops around the zoo.
THINGS TO REMEMBER WHILE YOU’RE SEARCHING FOR POKÉMON AT THE ZOO
Never, ever cross a barrier or enter animal enclosures. Even the strongest Pokémon wouldn’t stand a chance against our animals. For your safety, do not wander into unauthorised areas.
Stay alert and watch your step, particularly on stairs and pathways. We want all visitors and Pokémon trainers to have a safe experience.
Be nice and respect other guests. We have lots of little guests, so please watch where you’re going. Other guests won’t be here to play Pokémon Go, so be courteous and respectful to them.
Stay hydrated and take care of yourself. Visit one of our many food outlets around the zoo for meals, drinks and snacks.
HERE ARE SOME TIPS FOR THE EXPERT POKÉMON TRAINERS
The Parrot Pavilion is a great place to cool off and have a snack. One corner of the dining area is within range of two Pokéstops.
Hop on the free Roadtrain to log some distance whilst listening to our team talk about our animals and what Banham Zoo are doing for conservation around the World.
And something else really important: look up! Pokémon aren’t the only creatures worth caring about. Turn on the vibration mode, slip the phone in your pocket and take a moment to appreciate the real animals around you.