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Going animal mad in Norfolk: The best zoos and animal parks to visit

If you’ve exhausted the Broads and visited every reserve that you can think of, but you still have a hankering to get up close to nature, you’re in luck. Norfolk has a number of zoos, animal parks, and nature centres. The great thing about a self-catering holiday in Norfolk is that you can visit as many as you wish during your stay – but which will you choose?

Banham Zoo

With over 2,000 species of mammals, insects, birds, reptiles, and fish on display, Banham Zoo, located in the heart of Banham, is an exciting zoo with enough to keep an entire family entertained for the whole day. In addition to its animals, the zoo offers presentations, a birds of prey display, and a Sky Trek attraction, which enables guests to take things a little higher.

Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens

Surrounding a stately home, Thrigby Hall built in the 1730’s, this wildlife park has much to offer, including a Willow Pattern Garden, a forest house, and Tiger Tree Walk, as well as a range of animals. From big cats and primates, to otters, red pandas, and exotic birds, you’ll spend all day in a world of unusual animals.

Amazona Zoo

Amazona Zoo, located in Cromer, is home to over 200 animals, including parrots, monkeys, tapirs, birds of prey, and big cats. For smaller guests, the zoo has a fab soft play area, and there’s an education yurt hosting talks about South America.

Sea Life Centre Great Yarmouth

There are 50 aquatic species at the Sea Life Centre in Great Yarmouth; your hardest job will be counting how many fish you can spot! The Centre has an interactive rock pool, Humboldt penguins, a black reef shark tunnel, and more fish than you can imagine, including tropical and freshwater breeds. If you’ve visited all of these, why not head outside your holiday accommodation and count the birds, animals, bugs and beasties that come ambling by?

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