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From the EDP archive: Banham Zoo timeline

11:40 22 October 2012

Sam the bald eagle.; Photo: Bill Smith

Sam the bald eagle.; Photo: Bill Smith

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Banham Zoo and Monkey Sanctuary was established on a two acre part of an orchard in the village in 1968.

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The zoo has since grown to 35 acres with more than 1,000 residents.

In July 1974, Banham Zoo was accepted as a member of the Federation of British Zoos.

In 1978, manager Herbert Dornbrack leaves after nine years, taking his woolly monkey colony.

In June 1979, South Norfolk MP John MacGregor opens a new lecture hall at Banham Zoo.

A freak wind rips through the zoo site toppling trees and damaging buildings in December 1979.

In February 1982 a missing macaw is found alive and well in Thompson by Tony Parrott.

Two snow leopards Nazar and Nanga were voted the most popular in the zoo in a visitor questionnaire in June 1989.

TV presenter Johnny Morris opens a new bird garden in April 1990.

A new penguin pool is opened in 1991.

The zoo buys Suffolk Wildlife Park in Kessingland, near Lowestoft, now called Africa Alive.

In March 1994 26 parrots, worth £15,000 are stolen from Banham following a break-in. Banham Zoo also receives an award from the National Federation of Zoos for breeding Emperor Tamarin Monkeys.

Princes Trust volunteers complete a new enclosure for Amur leopard cats in October 1995.

In September 1995, a 10-year-old penguin is kidnapped and left in a pond in Christchurch Park, Ipswich.

The zoo celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2008 with a party, including a 6ft high fruit and vegetable cake for its animals.

A new giraffe enclosure was unveiled in 2008.

A new snow leopard enclosure opened at the zoo in 2009.

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