One of Norfolk’s leading attractions, Amazona Zoo in Cromer, offers a unique Easter day out where families can explore and learn about a varied and fascinating selection of animals native to South America.
Come along to the Zoo on Easter Sunday and each child will receive a free cream egg!
Home to over 200 tropical animals, including birds of prey, jaguars, pumas, ocelots, monkeys, snakes, caimans, flamingos, tapirs and Tic-Tac the toucan, the zoo is committed to helping visitors discover nature and providing education on conservation issues set within 15 acres on the north Norfolk coast.
As well as the wide variety of animals and birds there is a well-equipped indoor play area Jungle Tumbles and Rainforest Springs*, which has a variety of outdoor adventure play including two large outdoor jumping pillows and a picnic area. You will also find an interesting tarantula spider house and a cute South American guinea pig village.
Seasonal bulbs have been planted throughout the grounds which will provide a carpet of seasonal snowdrops, daffodils and bluebells for visitors as they tour the zoo. You will also see the amazing Leaf Cutter Ants busily working their way through the tunnels.
The indoor-soft play area, ‘Jungle Tumbles’ offers slides, tunnels, interactive toys and climbing nets, providing under 12’s with a great indoor creative and active experience on sunny or rainy days.
The Jungle cafe and Gift Shop
There is also a lakeside cafe which is open from 10.30am providing a wide range of hot and cold snacks, meals and drinks. The well-stocked gift shop sells a variety of toys, games, stationery, jewellery, confectionary and books.
What Animals and Birds can you see?
There are at least three ‘feed the animal’ events a day, with jaguar and pumas on alternate days.
- Four species of tarantulas
- South American guinea pigs
- Feline Forest – Pumas, Jaguar, Jaguarundi 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.
- 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 a Toucan
- 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.
- Leaf Cutter Ants
For more information visit www.amazonazoo.co.uk, call 01263 510741 or follow @AmazonaZoo on twitter and AmazonaZoo on Facebook.
Look out for the new campsite in Cromer opening again this summer (specified dates only). www.CromerCamping.com. Only £15 per pitch.
Disclosure – I have not received any compensation for running this post, though I have worked with Amazona in the past. I am sharing the information as I thought it would be useful to some of my readers. Images are my own, the text is not.