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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.

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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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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
Registered Disabled    
Child / Adult / Carer £7.95 £7.20

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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 volunteers from some of the UK’s top zoos.  Over 60 of our volunteers contributed to the report, which looked at the unique benefits gained by volunteering in zoos.

Volunteers are an integral and valued part of the ZSEA team.  “We have seen at first-hand volunteers thrive as part of our dedicated team of staff and volunteers” said Claire Ingram, Volunteer Co-ordinator “but seeing in their own words just what volunteering can bring to people’s lives has been a moving experience”.

As well as encouraging and re-igniting a passion for animals and the natural world the survey showed that volunteering at Banham Zoo and Africa Alive! has many other positive benefits. Nearly 60% of respondents stated that they had seen an increase in their physical and mental wellbeing as a result of volunteering and almost three quarters said that their self-confidence had increased.  The answers showed that volunteering has helped people cope with bereavement, work-related stress, social isolation and low self-esteem amongst other life challenges.

We are proud to be able to welcome volunteers into ZSEA and as an organisation gain as much from having our volunteers as they do from being with us.  This research supports what we have always known, zoos are unique places that not just enhance knowledge and conservation but also change peoples’ lives.

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