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Gender Reveal For Tiger Cub Duo At Banham Zoo

Thursday 25th November 2021

Banham Zoo in Norfolk has announced the genders of their now 7-week-old Amur tiger twins: a male and a female. The cubs were born on 7th October, following a successful genetically matched conservation programme pairing for this endangered species. Their mother, Mishka, was moved to Banham Zoo in May 2021 following identification as a genetically […]

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Alfie Bowen Is Announced As ZSEA’s Charity Ambassador During Anti-bullying Week

Wednesday 17th November 2021

The Zoological Society of East Anglia (ZSEA) are marking anti-bullying week with the announcement of Alfie Bowen, an autistic photographer from Beccles, as their charity ambassador. Alfie was continuously bullied throughout his school career but found solace with photography whilst connecting with nature during visits to Africa Alive in Suffolk and Banham Zoo in Norfolk, […]

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Birth Of Endangered Tiger Cub Duo

Tuesday 26th October 2021

Banham Zoo in Norfolk is today celebrating the birth of two Amur tiger cubs, an endangered species, following a successful genetically matched conservation programme pairing. The announcement that Kuzma and Mishka are parents 2 weeks ago comes after two years of careful planning. Mishka first moved to Banham Zoo in May 2021 from Woburn Safari […]

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Connecting Communities with Nature this World Suicide Prevention Day

Wednesday 8th September 2021

Local mental health charity, Norfolk and Waveney Mind and the Zoological Society of East Anglia (ZSEA), the charity behind Banham Zoo in Norfolk and Africa Alive in Waveney, have teamed up to connect communities with nature this World Suicide Prevention Day. Every year, organisations and communities around the world come together to raise awareness of […]

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World Photography Day: 25 year old volunteer finds passion for photography through his love for animals

Thursday 19th August 2021

This World Photography Day, Liam Austin, a volunteer photographer at the Zoological Society of East Anglia (ZSEA) shared his experience of photographing a variety of animals at Banham Zoo and Africa Alive which he has done as part of ZSEA’s volunteer scheme for the past two years. The 25-year-old first took up the art in […]

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Norfolk zoo awarded nearly £100k to help boost nature recovery in the county

Tuesday 3rd August 2021

Banham Zoo, which is run by the Zoological Society of East Anglia (ZSEA), has been awarded a £95,300 grant from the Government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund to help boost nature recovery across Norfolk. The Green Recovery Challenge Fund is a key part of the Prime Minister’s 10 Point Plan to kick-start nature recovery and tackle […]

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ZSEA and East Anglia Children’s Hospices launch partnership this Children’s Hospice Week

Friday 25th June 2021

This Children’s Hospice Week, The Zoological Society of East Anglia (ZSEA), has announced an exciting new partnership with East Anglia’s Children Hospices (EACH). Running from 21 June to 27 June, Children’s Hospice Week is the only week in the year dedicated to raising awareness and funds for children’s hospice and palliative care services across the […]

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East Anglian zoo welcomes female Amur tiger as part of breeding programme

Thursday 20th May 2021

To mark Endangered Species Day tomorrow, one of the region’s top zoos recently welcomed female Amur tiger, Mishka, as part of the European Breeding Programme for the species – an incredibly important conservation programme in place to protect endangered animals from extinction. Mishka arrived at Banham Zoo from Woburn Safari Park on Thursday 13 May, […]

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ZSEA announce partnership with Norfolk and Waveney Mind

Tuesday 11th May 2021

Two local charities partner to inspire more people to connect with nature for mental wellbeing Local mental health charity, Norfolk and Waveney Mind, is delighted to announce a 2 year partnership with the Zoological Society of East Anglia (ZSEA), the charity behind Banham Zoo in Norfolk and Africa Alive in Suffolk.  This announcement coincides with […]

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Kuzma returns to his refurbished enclosure in style!

Friday 30th April 2021

Banham Zoo marks the return of resident Amur tiger to his refurbished enclosure with ribbon cutting ceremony A popular zoo attraction in Norfolk celebrated the return of its resident Amur tiger with a ribbon cutting ceremony whilst also unveiling its refurbished tiger enclosure. Resident male tiger, Kuzma, had been temporarily relocated to Banham Zoo’s well […]

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New arrivals further strengthen ZSEA’s commitment to conservation

Tuesday 20th April 2021

Both Africa Alive in Suffolk and Banham Zoo in Norfolk have seen the arrival of a southern white rhino and the hatching of a Ruppell’s griffon vulture chick respectively. A female southern white rhino named Belle arrived at Africa Alive in early March on the recommendation of the coordinator for the European breeding programme for […]

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Banham Zoo and Africa Alive announce reopening plan

Tuesday 30th March 2021

The Zoological Society of East Anglia has announced that Banham Zoo in Norfolk and Africa Alive in Suffolk will open their doors on Monday 12 April, with the first five days reserved for annual pass holders and all members of the public invited to book slots from Saturday 17 April. This time last year, the […]

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Banham Zoo and Africa Alive awarded Zoo Animals Fund grant

Wednesday 24th February 2021

The Zoological Society of East Anglia, the charity which runs Africa Alive in Suffolk and Banham Zoo in Norfolk, has been awarded a lifeline Zoo Animals Fund grant of £752,000 by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). The grant is for two specific areas of costs. £498,000 has been specifically awarded to […]

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‘Suffolk Banksy’ painting donated to ZSEA goes up for auction

Thursday 10th December 2020

The Zoological Society of East Anglia, (ZSEA) the charity which runs Banham Zoo in Norfolk and Africa Alive! in Suffolk, is putting up for auction the artwork donated to them by the elusive Suffolk artist, ‘The Hat’. ‘Anxiety’, an exclusive and stunning triptych painting by the artist, otherwise known as the ‘Suffolk Banksy’ was left […]

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Zoos to recognise Community Champions

Tuesday 10th November 2020

The Zoological Society of East Anglia has announced it is searching for 12 Community Champions and is urging people to nominate family, friends, neighbours and local heroes who have made a real difference this year in their local community. The charity, which runs Banham Zoo and Africa Alive, will be rewarding each of the 12 […]

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Local zoos devastated by second national lockdown

Tuesday 3rd November 2020

The Zoological Society of East Anglia say they are devastated by the second forced closure of Banham Zoo in Norfolk and Africa Alive in Suffolk, following the government’s announcement of the national lockdown. In line with the government’s requirements, the zoos will be closed from Thursday 5th November until Wednesday 2nd December. During the first […]

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Local zoos face funding crisis without government support

Friday 2nd October 2020

The Zoological Society of East Anglia (ZSEA), which runs Banham Zoo in Norfolk and Africa Alive! in Suffolk, has branded the government’s emergency zoo funding “impossible to access”, and has called for greater support in the months ahead. The UK government announced their long-awaited £100m Zoo Animals Fund in June but, as assistance is only […]

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Death of beloved female Sri Lankan leopard Sariska

Thursday 17th September 2020

Banham Zoo mourns death of beloved female Sri Lankan leopard Sariska Keepers and staff at Banham Zoo in Norfolk have been left devastated by the death of the female Sri Lankan leopard Sariska on 16 September following a period of illness in recent weeks. It was very clear at post-mortem that Sariska had a serious […]

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ZSEA aid conservation through Ural owl reintroduction project

Tuesday 1st September 2020

Zoological Society of East Anglia contributes to conservation through Ural owl reintroduction project The Zoological Society of East Anglia (ZSEA), the charity which runs Banham Zoo in Norfolk and Africa Alive! in Suffolk, is delighted to announce its contribution to the Germany-based Ural Owl reintroduction project. In February 2019 Banham Zoo donated a breeding pair […]

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World Photography Day Competition

Tuesday 18th August 2020

Local Zoos encourage visitors to take part in World Photography Day competition The Zoological Society of East Anglia, the charity which runs Banham Zoo in Norfolk and Africa Alive! in Suffolk, is asking the public to support World Photography Day by submitting a favourite photo they have taken at either zoo. World Photography Day, on […]

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Banham Zoo mourns death of beloved Sri Lankan leopard cub

Friday 14th August 2020

Keepers at Banham Zoo have said they are devastated at the death of one of their two 10-week old Sri Lankan leopard cubs on 13 August. The male leopard cub was taken ill in recent weeks but, after a full veterinary examination, was believed to have fully recovered. The cub’s cause of death is currently […]

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Do I need to wear a Face covering or mask?

Thursday 23rd July 2020

The government has made it mandatory for customers who visit shops in England to wear face coverings from 24th July 2020. We have highlighted below some key points to help you understand what you need to know about this change at Africa Alive and Banham Zoo The guidelines make it clear that our teams in both our […]

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Heartbreak as much-loved Amur tiger Sveta dies

Thursday 25th June 2020

Our keepers are heartbroken at the death of the much-loved female Amur tiger Sveta, which happened on 24 June during a routine contraceptive implant operation and while under anaesthetic. Following a post-mortem it is thought that the cause of her death may have been due to a heart defect. The team here at Banham Zoo […]

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Friday 5th June 2020

Today we have announced that if our zoos do not reopen soon, the Zoological Society of East Anglia could collapse. We have welcomed the announcement that there’ll be a debate in parliament on 11 June about the crisis facing zoos and representatives from ZSEA will today (5 June) meet DEFRA officials to make the case […]

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Banham Zoo and Africa Alive announce survival plan

Tuesday 26th May 2020

The Zoological Society of East Anglia (ZSEA), which runs Banham Zoo in Norfolk and Africa Alive in Suffolk, has announced a plan to give our award winning attractions a fighting chance of survival in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Chair of Trustees at the charity, Gerard Smith, has today (26 May) written to 201 […]

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Amazing cousins Hero, Aged 9, and Ottilie, aged 17, help save Banham Zoo!

Sunday 26th April 2020

These two gorgeous girls and budding musicians created this magical song for the Zoological Society of East Anglia. Since the temporary closure of both Banham Zoo and Africa Alive! due to Covid-19, our keepers have continued caring and feeding for all our thousands of amazing animals. It costs £25,000 a week to feed and care […]

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ZSEA donates £25,000 to vital rhino conservation

Thursday 13th February 2020

The Zoological Society of East Anglia (ZSEA) are committed to protecting animals and their habitats for future generations and through the ZSEA Conservation Fund, have donated £25,000 to ‘Save the Rhino International’ to support vital rhino conservation in Africa. The funds raised by ZSEA have been channelled directly to the rhino project based in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi […]

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Big cats want your old ‘Purrrfume’!

Tuesday 28th January 2020

Keepers at Banham Zoo are putting out an appeal for old or unwanted Xmas perfumes. For several years now, zoo keeper’s all over the world have been aware that scent can play an important part in their enrichment programmes, providing animals with opportunities to express natural behaviours and many species, especially big cats, respond very […]

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It’s time to count the animals!

Thursday 9th January 2020

Spare a thought for the keeping staff at two of the region’s top zoo’s Banham Zoo and Africa Alive! who have started the New Year in style – by counting and recording every single animal at each zoo! The keepers now face this mammoth annual task for zoo licensing requirements and also to assist with […]

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Record-breaking visitor numbers for the East Anglia’s top rated Zoos

Monday 30th December 2019

The Zoological Society of East Anglia (ZSEA) are delighted that its award winning visitor attractions, Africa Alive! in Suffolk and Banham Zoo in Norfolk have smashed their all-time visitor records breaking all previous best years since the zoos first opened over 50 years ago. Staff and volunteers at both zoos are celebrating this fantastic achievement, […]

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Monday 28th October 2019

The Directors and staff at Banham Zoo are absolutely ecstatic to have been named “The Best Animal Day Out in the Eastern Region” in the Day Out with the Kids Family Favourites Awards 2019. There were hundreds of amazing days out in the running across the country and over 25,000 families voted for their favourite […]

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Wednesday 16th October 2019

Keepers at Banham Zoo are overjoyed with the birth of a large hairy armadillo – the first ever to be born at the zoo. The cute male pup was born in August to first-time parents Melanie and Pedro. Their keepers have confirmed that they are showing excellent parenting skills and have allowed them to keep a check on the […]

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Monday 23rd September 2019

BANHAM ZOO HOST THE ZOO WORLD PREMIERE 30th November 2019 to 5th January 2020 BOOK YOUR TICKETS The Snowman and The Snowdog fans will be able to meet their favourite characters this Christmas as Banham Zoo hosts a magical new tour, The Snowman™ and The Snowdog brick trail, presented and built by BRICKLIVE. The Snowman […]

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Banham Zoo’s Accessibility Weekend

Thursday 29th August 2019

Banham Zoo is delighted to announce its first Accessibility Weekend, being held at the zoo on Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th September, and everyone is welcome! The whole weekend will be offering extra on-site facilities and activities enabling guests who would otherwise be unable to visit to enjoy a day out at the zoo with […]

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Are you the ‘Banksy’ of the Jungle Variety?

Tuesday 20th August 2019

The Zoological Society of East Anglia (ZSEA) is running a competition to find the perfect ‘Street Artist’ who can theme their, as yet unnamed, learning and celebration area at Banham Zoo. Judging the competition will be Martin Rowson, multi-award winning cartoonist, illustrator, writer, graphic novelist, broadcaster, and poet. Martin’s work appears regularly in numerous UK […]

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Launch of NEW Conservation Fund

Wednesday 7th August 2019

Registered Charity No: 1150158 Connecting Communities to Nature for Conservation Zoological Society of East Anglia Pledge to save animals from extinction with first donation from NEW ZSEA CONSERVATION FUND     Can you imagine a world without lemurs, tigers and rhinos? With the latest IUCN Red Data List assessments highlighting more than 28,000 species at […]

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Otter Joy! we have Twins ….

Thursday 1st August 2019

Keepers at Banham Zoo are ‘otterly’ delighted with the birth of two adorable Asian small-clawed otter cubs. The pair, have recently been spotted by our visitors happily playing in their habitat with their year-old sibling, Makati, mother Tilly and father Sam, and are expected to enthral visitors this summer with their playful antics.  The two cubs were […]

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ZSEA staff ‘take the plunge’ for endangered Lemurs!

Friday 19th July 2019

Three members of staff from the Zoological Society of East Anglia (ZSEA), the charity that leads Africa Alive! and Banham Zoo, will be taking on the exhilarating challenge of jumping from 13,000ft on a tandem skydive, freefalling at speeds of up to 120mph and raising funds to save critically endangered lemurs. The brave, (some may say crazy!) trio are taking […]

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HRH The Earl of Wessex Visits Banham Zoo

Wednesday 8th May 2019

Banham Zoo staff and supporters are preparing a royal welcome for HRH The Earl of Wessex when he visits on Thursday 9th May to mark over 50 years of wildlife conservation at the zoo.  While there, His Royal Highness will learn about the 5-year conservation pledge being made by the Zoological Society of East Anglia […]

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Baby Boom at Banham Zoo

Wednesday 1st May 2019

ZOO-PER NEWS! Spring is in the air, and Banham Zoo’s keepers have welcomed an abundance of adorable baby animals born at the zoo in recent weeks! This includes the hatching of a Rüppell’s griffon vulture chick, a species which is critically endangered in the wild. It’s a busy time for births, and there’s a double […]

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News Flash

Friday 18th January 2019

We are extremely sad to inform all our followers that Dora, our young sea lion pup, was found dead in the sea lion pool this morning. A full investigation is taking place and we are awaiting the results of the post-mortem. Our keepers who cared for her and indeed everyone at the zoo are absolutely […]

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The animal count begins!

Tuesday 8th January 2019

From Snails to Tigers! – The animal count begins at Banham Zoo! Zookeepers at Banham Zoo welcomed the New Year in with the biggest job of all on the zoo calendar, counting each and every animal in their collection for its annual stocktake, and this year they got a helping hand at the start of […]

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It’s a Boy! – Baby Red Panda Born at Banham Zoo

Monday 15th October 2018

Keepers at Banham Zoo are thrilled to announce the latest addition to the zoo, a male red panda cub, an extremely valuable addition to the ongoing international efforts to protect this threatened species. The cub, who is yet to be named, was born this summer to the zoo’s pair of red pandas, Jasper and Maggie. The two adult […]

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It’s Twins – and they are Otter-ly Adorable!

Thursday 27th September 2018

Two Asian small-clawed otter cubs have been born at Banham Zoo and are expected to enthral visitors to the East Anglian zoo in the coming months with their playful antics. The two healthy cubs were born on the 19th July to female, Tilly and male, Sam and despite both being first-time parents, according to their […]

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Competition Winner Names Banham Zoo’s Sea Lion Pup

Wednesday 19th September 2018

Our sea lion pup has been delighting our visitors for many weeks, but now she finally has a name! It’s Dora, the first sea lion to be born in our new saltwater marine habitat ‘Sea Lion Bay’ which opened early this year as part of the Zoo’s 50th birthday celebration.  Mum Filippa gave birth to […]

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‘Animals have such a power to do good’ says new boss of Banham Zoo and Africa Alive!

Wednesday 12th September 2018

A critically endangered animal known as Asia’s unicorn, and almost as mythical as the name suggests, links eastern Vietnam’s Ammanite mountain range with a seaside village on Suffolk’s east coast in a project that encapsulates the work of a local animal conservation trust. Tony Wenham reports. Delivered in the amiable and inclusive cadence of the […]

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Artist in Residence at Zoo!

Tuesday 3rd July 2018

As part of Banham Zoo’s 50th birthday celebrations we are very pleased to introduce our new Artist in Residence, Libbi Hutchence. A skilled local potter, Libbi will be joining us for a number of events and activities throughout our birthday celebrations to help promote the work of Banham Zoo and raise funds for wildlife conservation. […]

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The pitter-patter of tiny flippers can now be heard around “Sea Lion Bay”!

Wednesday 20th June 2018

“Sea Lion Bay” has a new addition and keepers couldn’t be more thrilled with the birth of a Californian sea lion pup. Mum Filippa gave birth to the pup on Friday 15th June and It is the first to be born in the new enclosure, which includes a large salt water pool, and opened in […]

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Critically endangered vulture chick hatched at Banham Zoo

Wednesday 23rd May 2018

The world’s population of a critically endangered African vulture got a little boost recently when a pair of Rüppell’s griffon vultures at Banham Zoo successfully hatched a single chick. The egg was laid in January this year and keepers initially removed it for safekeeping, placing it in one of the zoo’s incubators. To ensure that […]

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Three year old ‘camel fan’ given opportunity to help zookeepers name baby camel

Wednesday 25th April 2018

For the last two years, three year old Elsie Dyer, along with her parents Billy and Marie, have made one of their regular trips to Banham Zoo in January. The trip is not just to see the animals but is also so that they can donate their Christmas tree to the animals, and on each […]

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New Baby Camel Born At Banham Zoo

Tuesday 27th March 2018

Debate amongst the zookeepers at Banham Zoo was concluded last week when Lucy, one of the zoos domestic Bactrian camels, gave birth to a strapping male calf. She was closely monitored by her keepers after going into labour during the afternoon of 19th March, eventually giving birth that evening.   The birth is particularly special […]

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Sea Lion Of Approval!

Friday 16th March 2018

“Sea Lion Bay” gets ‘sea lion of approval’ as five Californian sea lions move into their new residence at Banham Zoo These adorable, playful, curious and very sociable marine mammals have already settled in and given it the ‘flippers up’ and ‘sea lion of approval’. The two males Emmet and Elmo and three females Gala, […]

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And the award for the best Mother goes to…

Friday 9th March 2018

If there was an award for best mother this coming Mothering Sunday, keepers at Banham Zoo would certainly be thinking of putting Izzy up for the accolade. But who is she……well, Izzy is a coppery titi monkey who has resided at Banham Zoo since 2013. Last week she presented keepers at the zoo with her […]

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Banham Zoo and Africa Alive! drive the move against single use plastic

Thursday 22nd February 2018

Banham Zoo and Africa Alive! have joined with other zoos across the UK to remove all single-use plastic drink bottles from their shelves, as part of a campaign to help protect the world’s oceans from the devastating impact of plastic pollution.   Going a step further, both zoos are also removing all plastic straws, drinking cups […]

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Two of East Anglia’s Top Visitor Attractions starts their annual recruitment drive for additional staff for the 2018 season

Friday 19th January 2018

Banham Zoo and Africa Alive! are looking to recruit staff for a variety of positions across the two attractions for the 2018 season. After a busy 2017, the attractions are really positive as they head into what is expected to be another successful year. The parks require flexible, personable individuals, who enjoy interaction with guests […]

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1st Kenninghall Scouts and Cubs come to the Rescue!

Wednesday 3rd January 2018

Scouts and cubs pitch in to help count the animals for the end of year inventory Accurately counting just under 2000 animals is no easy feat and it is a task that the keepers at Banham Zoo face at the end of every year which continues into the first part of January. This information is […]

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Keepers at Banham Zoo share National Award for best students

Tuesday 12th December 2017

Two zoo keepers from Banham Zoo have shared 1st place on a national training course that seeks to train the next generation of zoo keepers. Their journey started over two years ago when Lucas Atkinson, 28, and Sarah Bonsall, 30, were enrolled on the DMZAA (Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals at […]

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A change at the top!

Friday 17th November 2017

A CHANGE AT THE TOP! The Zoological Society of East Anglia is delighted to report the appointment of Professor David Field as Chief Executive Designate. Professor Field will take over from the founding Chief Executive Martin Goymour in the spring of 2018. The two will work together to achieve a smooth transition in the management […]

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HRH the Princess Royal meets Banham Zoo’s Director of Conservation in Madagascar

Friday 27th October 2017

A Zoo Directors role can be full and varied, to begin with you are responsible for the care and welfare of hundreds of animals and there is paperwork by the plenty. What perhaps isn’t part of your daily routine is arriving in Madagascar to meet Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal! That is exactly what […]

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Volunteering in Zoos Changes Lives

Tuesday 17th October 2017

“Life Enhancing”….. “Empowering”… “One of the best decisions of my life” These are just some of the responses given by Zoological Society of East Anglia (ZSEA) volunteers when asked what effects volunteering at Banham Zoo and Africa Alive! has had on their lives as part of a national survey, led by Chester Zoo and including […]

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Endangered Leopards Born At Banham Zoo

Tuesday 3rd October 2017

On Tuesday 12th September, whilst most people were watching a standard Tuesday nights offering on TV, a group of zoo keepers in Norfolk were glued to screens of a different kind, watching live CCTV footage of a female leopard as she went into labour. Sariska and her partner, Mias, are Sri Lankan leopards, an endangered […]

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A completely new type of shopping experience comes to Norfolk

Tuesday 9th May 2017

The Zoological Society of East Anglia has opened a brand new shop just outside of Banham Zoo that is completely different and the first of its kind in the UK. ‘Colour me Wild’ not only offers adult and child clothing and babywear featuring everyone’s favourite wild animals, but also two brand new ranges, unlike any […]

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Arrival of female sloth gives zoo hope for baby sloth in the future

Thursday 13th April 2017

Staff and visitors are keeping their fingers crossed that love might be in the air following the recent arrival of a female Linne’s two-toed sloth. The zoos’ male sloth, ‘Santos’, arrived a little under a year ago having been born in a zoo on the Isle of Wight and since his arrival, the zoo, in […]

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World’s smallest species of primate bred at Banham Zoo

Monday 10th April 2017

As new births go, you could almost be forgiven for missing this one, keepers at Banham Zoo have recently reported the birth of a white-bellied pygmy marmoset, with their latest new offspring tipping the scales and an estimated weight of 15 grams! W So why so small, well the diminutive pygmy marmoset is the world’s […]

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Baby meerkats put in an appearance

Tuesday 28th March 2017

Zoo keepers are putting their thinking caps on to come up with names for a litter of four baby meerkats that were born at the zoo earlier this year. The four siblings were born in January and spent much of their early days hidden from the zoo’s guests in one of the nest boxes provided […]

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Coppery Titi Monkey Born At Banham Zoo

Thursday 16th March 2017

Banham Zoo is celebrating the recent birth of a coppery titi monkey, the third birth in as many years. The infant is so tiny that, to all but the most observant of visitors, he/she can remain almost hidden from view. Baby red titi monkeys cling to their parent’s backs and as the parents have fairly […]

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Make Valentine’s Day a Rrrrroaring success this February!

Monday 6th February 2017

Fancy wooing your loved one with a walk on the wild side at Banham Zoo this Valentines? Why not indulge in one of our fabulous Big Cat Experiences and treat the special person in your life at the same time. Book one of our fantastic Big Cat Experiences for two people and get it for […]

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How do you accurately count over 3000 animals?

Thursday 29th December 2016

This is the rather daunting task that Banham Zoo keepers face at the end of 2016. Yes, it’s that time of year where our zoo keepers and animal records keeper are preparing to count the many species within their care.   Keepers aren’t just expected to clean out, feed and provide enrichment for a wide […]

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Baby red panda born at Banham Zoo

Wednesday 26th October 2016

Apparently the best things come to those that wait and keepers at Banham Zoo have certainly had to wait for their latest new baby, a red panda, to put in an appearance. The infant was born in July but as is normal for the species, the young spend their first three months of life safe […]

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Endangered Grevy’s zebra foal born at Banham

Wednesday 12th October 2016

Emulating their success in 2015, keepers at Banham are celebrating the birth of another Grevy’s zebra foal, one of the world’s most endangered species of equid. Last year staff at the zoo were delighted when two foals were born in July and were thrilled to discover earlier this year that one of the mares had […]

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Enjoy Good Food and Great Conservation

Wednesday 7th September 2016

As the summer departs and the freeze begins, many of us want to get together with friends before the big pre-Christmas hibernation sets in. Now the Zoological Society of East Anglia (known as ZSEA and said “ZEE”) has created an event called The “ZSEA dinner party weekend” that will encourage people from across Norfolk to […]

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Animal Trainer spends 48 hours with our vultures!

Thursday 1st September 2016

Tomorrow afternoon, Peter McLaren, an Animal Trainer & Presenter at Banham Zoo, will commence his 48 hour ‘sleepover’ in an aviary full of vultures,. This might not be everyone’s idea of how to spend their weekend but it is for Peter as he attempts to raise awareness and much needed funds for vulture conservation. Peter […]

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Animal Trainer to raise funds for Vulture Conservation

Tuesday 16th August 2016

Spending 48 hours in an aviary full of vultures might not be everyone’s idea of how to spend their weekend but it is for Peter McLaren, an Animal Trainer & Presenter at Banham Zoo, as he attempts to raise awareness and much needed funds for vulture conservation. Peter has worked at Banham Zoo for almost […]

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New arrivals at Banham Zoo

Thursday 11th August 2016

Visitors to Banham Zoo are in for a real treat this summer after the zoo announced the arrival of two new species never seen before in Norfolk’s premier zoo. First to arrive was a male Linne’s two-toed sloth, who took up residence in May in the zoo’s sub-tropical house, Eureka, where the zoo has equipped […]

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Golden Lion Tamarins Carry the Olympic Torch in Rio

Wednesday 3rd August 2016

On its way to the city of Rio to open the Olympic Games, the Olympic flame is now travelling through coastal Rio de Janeiro state, the region containing the last remaining fragments of Golden Lion Tamarin (GLT) habitat!  Tuesday, August 2 at 11:30AM Rio time Andreia Martins, Associação Mico-Leão-Dourado biologist, carried the Olympic Torch in […]

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Banham Zoo hold Pokémon Go ‘Lure Event’

Monday 25th July 2016

BANHAM ZOO HOLD POKEMON GO ‘LURE EVENT’ TO KICK OFF SUMMER 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 […]

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New Arrival at Banham Zoo

Friday 1st July 2016

The Heavy Horse team at Banham Zoo are absolutely delighted with the birth of a Suffolk Punch filly foal, the 15th foal to be successfully born at Banham Zoo since 1991. The new foal named ‘Bazoo Charity’ in honour of the Zoological Society of East Anglia (ZSEA) the charitable trust, under whose auspices both Banham […]

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“ZOO – DO” Banham Zoos Annual Charity Evening Event in support of the Zoological Society of East Anglia

Thursday 23rd June 2016

On Saturday 25th June come and spend a unique and enjoyable evening at Banham Zoo and help us fund-raise for ‘Project Sealion’ a fabulous new marine environment for Californian Sealions at Banham Zoo. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience the magical atmosphere of the park during the evening hours and see our spectacular wildlife.  […]

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BIAZA award for Banham Zoo’s ‘Penguin Cove’

Tuesday 21st June 2016

Banham Zoo has been recognised for their work in Exhibit Design at the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) 50th Anniversary awards ceremony. BIAZA turns 50 this year and representatives from its membership came together to celebrate the past and consider future challenges at a major conference held at Marwell Wildlife, Hampshire, […]

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Long Stratton Gym raising money for locally based wildlife conservation charity ZSEA

Wednesday 4th May 2016

Local Gym JW CORE is hosting a weightlifting challenge to raise funds for the Zoological Society of East Anglia, the International Animal Conservation charity that also runs Banham Zoo and Africa Alive! Over the course of a week the gym hopes that its members will lift a total of 150,000kg in weight- the weight of […]

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New baby camel puts in an appearance at Banham

Tuesday 29th March 2016

Zookeepers at Banham Zoo came into work on Wednesday 16th March to a welcome, if not slightly unexpected, surprise when one of their camels gave birth for the first time. Lucy, one of the zoos three domestic Bactrian camels, proceeded to go into labour in the early hours of the morning of Wednesday 16th March […]

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Show your support for unloved saola this Valentine’s day!

Monday 8th February 2016

Just a quick minute of your time, please vote here [] (hint: alphabetical order!) for saola to raise awareness of this elusive, distinctive and critically endangered animal. And ask your friends and family to share the love for saola this Valentine’s Day. (a website resource with photos, films and facts about endangered species), approached […]

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Trek to the top of Kilimanjaro for local East Anglia Charity

Monday 11th January 2016

Local Charity, the Zoological Society of East Anglia (ZSEA) who’s projects include Banham Zoo and Africa Alive!, are looking for members of the public to join them on a trek to the top of Kilimanjaro. This will be to raise funds for their work helping to conserve some of the world’s most endangered species. They […]

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Stand up and be counted!

Tuesday 5th January 2016

Zoo keepers are put to the test at this time every year as they have to get their counting brains in gear in readiness for the annual inventory. While most people are recovering from the New Year’s Eve festivities, the staff at Banham Zoo and Africa Alive! will be beginning to accurately count every animal […]

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Penguin colony give new enclosure a vote of approval

Monday 12th October 2015

Only months after Banham Zoo’s entire group of penguins were relocated into their new home. The colony has already increased in number with the hatching of two chicks and the potential for several more in the near future. The zoos’ 19 strong colony of penguins were moved from their old enclosure at the end of […]

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Four Baby Meerkats Venture Outside At Last

Friday 28th August 2015

Not one, not two or even three, but four baby meerkats have finally taken centre stage at Banham Zoo. The four siblings were born in July and spent much of their early days hidden from the zoo’s guests in one of the nest boxes provided by their keepers. However, now that the pups are over […]

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Flamingos Get A Helping Hand From Their Keepers

Monday 10th August 2015

Keepers at Banham Zoo have devised a very clever way to ensure that as many eggs as possible are hatched from their flock of Chilean flamingos this year. As the breeding season commences, the zoo’s flamingos make nests in the muddy substrate of the enclosure, competing for the best spots for their nests. To ensure […]

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