Plan a visit to Amazona Zoo in Cromer, one of Norfolk’s most unique and fun days out where families can explore animals native to South America. It is home to over 200 tropical animals including new Jaguarundi, Jaguars, birds of prey, Pumas, Parrots, Monkeys, Snakes, Flamingos and Tapirs. Also you can find a Spider House and a cute Guinea Pig Village.
OUTDOOR ADVENTURE PLAY
The zoo also has an outdoor adventure play and picnic area featuring the popular Jumping Pillows!
The Yurt is the hub for educating visitors and includes the history of South America and facts on the animals who call Amazona home. It’s also available for birthday parties.
Also there is an indoor soft play area named ‘Jungle Tumbles’. Open all-year-round, Jungle Tumbles soft play centre is a fun and safe adventure for under 12’s.
FOOD & GIFTS
There is the Jungle Café for homemade lunches and a gift shop on site.
The zoo is committed to helping visitors discover nature and provides education on conservation issues set within 15 acres on the north Norfolk coast.
WHAT ANIMALS AND BIRDS CAN YOU SEE?
There are at least four ‘feed the animal’ events a day, with jaguar and pumas on alternate days.
Feline Forest – Pumas, Jaguar, Jagaurundi and Ocelot
Tropical House: Entering from the Capuchin walkway, visitors will encounter the Currasow and the Piping Guan. After the bridge, see the Spectacled Caiman and spot the Red-tailed Catfish or the Black Pacu. Follow the path into the shadows to find the Iguanas, the Anaconda and the Boa Constrictors.
Leaf-Cutter Ant Exhibit – watch the ants bust at work!
South American Wildfowl: See native migratory species such as Greylag Geese and Mallard, as well as Chiloe Wigeon, Brazilian Teal, Coscoroba Swan and the iridescent Comb Duck Chilean Flamingos
Birds of Prey: Red-legged Seriema are South America’s nearest relation to birds, known in the rest of the world as cranes. Striated Caracara, also known as Johnny Rook, are found predominantly in the Falkland Islands and small islands off Tierra del Fuego. Once abundant in numbers there are approximately only 500 pairs left in the Falklands.
Capybara – This is the world’s largest rodent. It is an excellent swimmer, with eyes, nostrils and ears set in alignment across the top of the head Brazilian Tapir– One of the largest of three species to be found in South America, this one has the widest distribution. Its closest relatives are the rhinoceros and the horse.
Amazon Parrots & Macaws and Tic-Tac the Toucan
Spiders in the Spider Village
Squirrel Monkeys – This small monkey of Central and South America lives in troops of up to 30-40 animals from mangrove swamps to 3,000 feet above sea level
Geoffrey’s Spider Monkeys – This species is distributed throughout Central America, from Mexico to Panama
Ring-tailed Coati & American River Otters Marmosets – Capuchin Monkeys
Mara – the Patagonian Hare
The Rhea – the greater Rhea is one of South America’s largest birds
Collared Peccary – Also known as the Javelina or the Musk Hog, this is the smallest of the peccary species.
Get close (but not too close) to the magnificent Jaguars, the top predators of the jungle. Wander quietly around the ponds and islands to view many species of waterfowl, especially the flock of Flamingos. Take time to admire the playful Otters in their huge enclosure and smile with the cheeky Marmosets. In the Jungle Hall there is a chance to admire the huge Anaconda and, as well as enormous fish from the Amazon, the Hall has a variety of strange birds at home amongst the lush foliage.
Visitors are welcome to bring picnics. We are wheel chair user friendly, hard paths give access to all areas of interest.
The Rainforest Cafe overlooks the principal lake area where Coatis and Squirrel Monkeys live on their own islands.
A visit to the spacious gift shop completes a full visit.
Parking is free.
New for the month of August 2017 is Cromer Camping – visit www.CromerCamping.com for details.