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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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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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Eurypyga helias

The sunbittern has no close relatives and is in a family all of its own. These birds have a brilliant ‘sunburst’ pattern of red and yellow under their wings, which they use in mating displays, hence the name ‘sunbittern’.



Size: 43 - 48 cm
Weight: 188 - 295g



Sunbitterns are found near streams and ponds in the rainforests of Central and South America.



They feed mainly on aquatic prey including insects, crustaceans, small fish and amphibians, which they catch with their sharp beak.



Both sexes work together to build a nest of mulch and dry leaves. The female lays 2 buff coloured eggs and both parents will help to feed the young, which are fully-grown at 2 months old.



Although their population is believed to be decreasing, these birds are not classed as endangered due to their large range and population size.

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