Please note that we have been informed that there will be essential maintenance to the payment portal for payments being taken via our website. This is taking place on Wednesday 20 February 2019 between 4:45am and 7:00am. We advise guests who wish to purchase annual passes or tickets to do so outside these times. On behalf of our payment provider, we apologise for any inconvenience.


The Roadtrain at the zoo has, regretfully, broken down. As a result there will be no service around the zoo for the remainder of the school half term holiday as a minimum. We sincerely apologise for any disappointment this may cause.

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Adult £15.95 £14.50
Children (3-15 Years) £11.95 £10.85
Under 3's FREE FREE
Senior Citizen (65 Years+) £13.95 £12.65
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Child / Adult / Carer £7.95 £7.20

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Rüppell’s Griffon Vulture

Gyps rueppellii

Griffon vultures are a species of Old World vulture. They are named after Eduard Rüppell, a 19th-century German explorer and zoologist.



Size: 101cm
Weight: 6.8 - 9.0kg



Rüppell’s Griffon vultures are found across the dryer parts of Africa. They inhabit open country, deserts and cliffs.



They are specialist feeders, only eating the flesh and intestines of large mammal carcasses. The cuff of feathers around their neck helps to keep their plumage clean whilst feeding.



They roost on cliffs in large numbers. 1 white egg is laid and incubated for 50 days. The chick will stay in the nest for at least 3 months.



These vultures are threatened in the wild by habitat loss for agriculture and poisoning. They are also hunted as a pest and for trade. Banham Zoo supports The Gyps Vulture Restoration Project, which was set up in 2004 to protect vultures in the wild. The initial project aim is to secure viable populations of these vultures in a safe and protected environment.

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