Banham Zoo is an exciting, award-winning, family zoo with more than 2,000 animals to see.
The zoo is set in 50 acres of land, so you may be hard put to do and see all the exciting things in one day!
At Banham Zoo there are lots of animals to see:
There are birds like the Spoonbill, Owls, Penguins, Macaws, Emus and the spectacular Scarlet Ibis.
The Reptiles & Invertebrates include the Tarantula, Bearded Dragon, Land Snail, Python and Iguana.
Next, there are the Mammals: There are too many to list here, but favourites include Tigers, Bactrian Camels, Cheetahs, Howler Monkeys, Giraffes, Zebras and Leopards.
Finally, there is the Domestic Livestock with: Donkeys, Llamas, Kune Kune Pigs, Pygmy Goats and more.
Banham Zoo offer lots of different animal experiences, some of which you can book on the day, and others that need to be pre-booked:
Animal Experiences Bookable On the Day
Meerkat Feeding: An enjoyable experience for 12-and-overs, who can spend 15 minutes in the Meerkat enclosure, along with one of the keepers, and watch all the Meerkats eat.
Giraffe Feeding: If the weather is dry then a fun thing to do is to feed the Giraffes from your hand, and see these gentle giants up close (ages 6 and older only).
Fly a Hawk: For ages 8+ years the Hawk Flying Experience is an opportunity to experience the thrill of flying a hawk from your hand. Within a 20 minute session, you will get about 10 minutes of flying time.
Pre-Bookable Animal Experiences:
Animal Trainer: For 8 to 13 year olds there is the Junior Animal Trainer Experience, and for 14 and over there is the Animal Trainer Experience.
Both experiences offer similar activities, including: Testing and reading a microchip, learning some of the animal training techniques used and seeing them in action and even helping to test the microphone for the Amazing Animals show!
Big Cat Experience: For 14+ year olds there is the Big Cat Experience, in which you can see big cats like Tigers up close (Not too close though).
This experience is tailored around the guests, but it usually includes getting to meet and feed the big cats.
Bird of Prey Experience: Like the Animal Trainer Experience, this experience has both junior and senior versions, but they both cover the same topics.
This experience includes the chance to fly different birds such as owls and hawks, and you can also learn about the amazing vultures.
Keeper for a Day: The Keeper for a Day Experience also has a Junior version for kids which is only a half-day long. The adult experience is available as a full day or half day.
During the half day you can: Meet the Red-Footed Tortoises, prepare their food and feed them, feed the giraffes and clean their indoor quarters and feed the Red-Bellied Lemurs.
For the full day you can: Feed the herd of Llamas, prepare the nectar for the flock of Lorikeets and feed and meet the Red Kangaroos.
Heavy Horse Experience: The Heavy Horse Experience is for people of 16+ years of age and gives guests the opportunity to meet the horses, learn about different breeds of horses, learn about different types of harnesses, then harness a horse for a cart, waggon or exercise vehicle.
Other Activities and Displays:
Safari Roadtrain: The Safari Roadtrain is free, and a good way to have a look around the zoo.
Skytrek: In the summer months, you can tackle the challenge of the Skytrek High Ropes course, which has elements like High Wires, and ends in an awesome zip wire. (The Skytrek Ropes Course is only for age 6+)
Junior Skytrek: If your little one is too young for the Skytrek, but they still want a go, for kids aged 4 to 6 there is the Junior Skytrek.
Amazing Animals Display: At 12:30 and 3:30 PM is the Amazing Animals Display, which is a 30 minute display featuring lots of different animals, including Blue and Gold Macaws, Kookaburra, Lorikeets, Parrots and much, much more.
Birds of Prey Display: The Birds of Prey Display, is an amazing show of several different types of bird, including Hawks, Owls, Eagles and Vultures.
Eureka Enclosure: Eureka is a Subtropical Enclosure, containing many different plants and animals. Some of the plants you may encounter include the Fatsia, the Red Banana, the Passionflower and the Loquat, and some of the animals you might meet are: the Green Winged Dove, the Agouti, Geoffroy’s Marmoset and the Coppery Titi Monkey.
Farm Barn Enclosure: The Farm Barn is where most of the domestic livestock live, and you can feed these little guys here.
Lemur Encounters: Lemur Encounters is a walk in enclosure which includes Red-Ruffled Lemurs and Ring-Tailed Lemurs.
Where to Eat at Banham Zoo
Parrot Pavilion: The Parrot Pavilion is a lovely place to stop and eat, with lots of different options for your food.
Trading Post Coffee Shop: The Trading Post is a coffee shop with a friendly environment, where you can eat inside or out on the terrace.
Snack Shacks: There are a few different Snack Shacks located around the zoo, where you can buy snacks, ice cream, or drinks.
Access for Disabled Visitors: There is good wheelchair access to all the exhibits in the zoo.
Gift Shop: Banham Zoo has a lovely Gift Shop, with lots of varied items, which means that everyone will be able to find a souvenir of their visit.
A day at Banham Zoo is a stimulating and fun experience - animal lovers of all ages will be entertained for the whole day, and will be longing to come back!
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Signposted from the A11 near Attleborough and the A140 near Diss
Banham Zoo Postcode for SatNav: NR16 2HE