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 (ZSEA), the registered charity which leads Banham Zoo and its sister park Africa Alive!
On arrival The Prince will be met by ZSEA CEO Professor David Field, as well as several dignitaries and members of staff before, beginning a tour of the zoo with a walk round “Eureka!” The South American themed tropical house is home to a variety of South American species including the zoo’s newest arrivals, Cuvier’s dwarf caiman. The Prince will meet the keepers who care for the animals, the maintenance team who built the new caiman habitat, and some of the volunteers who give their time so generously to the zoo and charity.
Prince Edward will then go on a whirlwind tour of the zoo, encountering some of the world’s most critically endangered species including blue-eyed black lemurs and Amur tigers. The Prince will then meet children from local school Banham Primary on the giraffe platform where there will be an opportunity to feed the zoo’s herd of giraffe.
The tour will conclude in the “Amazing Animals!” Theatre where Prince Edward will attend a live educational animal presentation and witness the launch of ZSEA’s 5-year pledge.
ZSEA CEO Professor David Field said:
“The challenges faced in the natural world are ever increasing so the work of conservation charities such as ZSEA are hugely significant.
Our 5-year pledge will make a difference to animals and people and making this pledge in the presence of HRH Prince Edward gives us even more motivation to achieve this”.