Plans to transfer two East Anglian zoos to charitable trust

PUBLISHED: 13:06 22 October 2012 | UPDATED: 17:07 22 October 2012

Picture of opening of the new snow leopard enclosure 'Province of the Snow Cat' at Banham Zoo by Martin Goymour.

Picture of opening of the new snow leopard enclosure 'Province of the Snow Cat' at Banham Zoo by Martin Goymour.

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The owner of two East Anglian zoos is to transfer them to a newly created charitable trust which he hopes will secure their future for generations to come.

Banham Zoo, near Attleborough, and Africa Alive, near Lowestoft, are set to undergo one of the biggest changes in their history with plans to move them into the management of a newly formed Zoological Society of East Anglia (ZSEA).

Visitors to the zoos, says managing director Martin Goymour, who founded Banham Zoo almost 45 years ago, will enjoy reduced ticket prices under plans to transfer the attraction to a charitable trust.

And he said the move, which would secure the future of both zoos, would be a “win-win’’ situation for visitors, staff and the animals.

He said no redundancies nor loss of staff were envisaged and that the move would enable the zoos to undertake more educational and conservation work as a zoological society.

“As far as animal care is involved, we only want the best for the animals and that has driven my passion over the years.

“I am getting to a stage where I want to protect the long-term future for both parks.

“This is the best way forward to allow them to have a secure future. It is a legacy for the care and conservation of animals. That will continue and they are fantastic resources in Norfolk and Suffolk and for the people of Norfolk and Suffolk and visitors to Norfolk and Suffolk.

“I hope the quality and standards will be maintained,” he said.

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  • Indeed the yellow busses stop at the park. Hopefully this will be a good thing for the park and if it means cheaper prices to get in that would benifit the visitors too. Good luck to the park.

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    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • Can someone take note that it would be a good idea to have a bus service to and from Africa Alive, we wanted to go there this summer but because we don't have a car and none of us can drive, we couldn't go as we would have had to get a taxi from and back to Lowestoft town centre and we couldn't afford on top of the price to get in.

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    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • First bus doesn't have a service that goes there, but Anglia buses go there. The service is the 601A to Kessingland Wildlife park (which can be caught from Market Gates) and it stops almost at the entrance to the park. There is a 10-15 minute walk up a pleasant lanedriveway to get from the bus stop to the park, but the effort is worthwhile.

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    Dawn Petros

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • Rumour has it that they have been struggling financially, so this may be a prudent move to protect their future. Recent measures have included charging for the car boots at both sites, plus siting a wind turbine at Kessingland. Maybe these measures have been counter-productive, particularly if residents start claiming compensation, the landowner being legally responsible.

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    Anthony Gower

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • Thanks for the info on the buses, perhaps we will get there next year now. I have to say I couldn't find whether buses went there or not.

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    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • lets hope they do a better job that sentinal leisure trust have done with water lane !!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Monday, October 22, 2012

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