Dedicated to the conservation of South American species, Amazona Zoo in Cromer is a worthwhile, interesting and entertaining day out for all age groups.
Amazona Zoo in Cromer is a unique and fun day out for the whole family.
It is home to over 200 animals from tropical South America. Highlights include a Feline Forest with ocelot, pumas and jaguars; a tropical house with spectacled caiman, anaconda snake and iguanas; and Chilean flamingos and South American wildfowl. What’s more, you can discover Amazon parrots, macaws, squirrel monkeys, red-legged seriema and Geoffroy’s spider monkeys.
Families will love exploring the Amazona in Cromer, set in secluded grounds on the north Norfolk coast. For the under 12’s, there is a large indoor soft play area called Jungle Tumbles. With slides, ropes, bridges, tunnels and interactive toys, there is also comfortable seating for all you parents! Outside there is a well-equipped play area, Rainforest Springs, with two large jumping pillows for hours of bouncing fun.
The history of Amazona Zoo.
In 1976, Ken Sims decided to go ahead with plans to build a zoo in the UK. His chosen site was at Thrigby Hall in Norfolk, which eventually came to fruition in 1979. In 2006, Sims announced plans to build another zoo at Cromer. He felt he was nearing retirement and wanted a new challenge: to build a collection which focused on South American animals. There is enormous scope for exhibiting species from this part of the world, and Sims wanted to push the boundaries in keeping some species rarely kept before.
Sims knew Cromer well from his childhood. He had previously seen the potential of a site on the Cromer Hall estate, owned by the Cabbell-Manners family. The current lord of the estate, Mr Benjie Cabbell-Manners, had also realised that the estate had potential. He wanted to encompass tourism in some way to bring a steady income to the estate, so Sims’ idea of a zoo was greeted with enthusiasm and mutual interest. Opening in 2008, Amazona Zoo is committed to helping visitors discover nature and provides education on conservation issues.
Visit Amazona Zoo (23.5 miles from the Plough Inn)
- Amazona Zoo
- Hall Road
- NR27 9JG