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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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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Von der Decken’s Hornbill

Tockus deckeni

Hornbills belong to the family ‘Bucerotidae’ and there are over 50 species. Von der Decken’s hornbill is named after the German explorer, Karl Klaus Von der Decken.



Size: 35cm
Weight: Male – 165 - 212g, Female – 120 - 155g



This species of hornbill is found in savannahs, shrubland and forests in East Africa.



Von der Decken’s hornbill is an omnivore (meat and plant eater) eating insects, fruit and seeds.



The Von der Decken’s hornbill nests in natural holes in trees or cliff faces and blocks up the entrance hole with mud leaving a gap just big enough for the male to pass food to the female incubating the eggs inside.



Von der Decken’s hornbill is not classed as endangered as it has a large range but its numbers are thought to be decreasing in the wild. Our hornbills are part of a European Studbook Programme.

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