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New Jumble Tumbles attraction for youngsters and animal lovers at Amazona zoo

07:00 16 April 2014

New Jungle Rumble play area at Amazona Zoo, Cromer. Left, Owen Thomas, 11, and Wesley Burgoyne, 10.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

New Jungle Rumble play area at Amazona Zoo, Cromer. Left, Owen Thomas, 11, and Wesley Burgoyne, 10. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

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Budding zoologists at Amazona Zoo in Cromer can take an adventure trip to the rainforest in the attraction’s new Jungle Tumbles play area.

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Lutador the new Tapir at Amazona Zoo, Cromer. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLYLutador the new Tapir at Amazona Zoo, Cromer. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

The bespoke soft adventure area, which opens in May, includes slides, spinning poles, ball pools and climbing trees for youngsters up to the age of 12.

Benjie Cabbell-Manners, new owner of the zoo, said the extension was unique, and provided something for visitors to enjoy even in winter.

He said: “We all know how precocious the British weather can be, and this provides something for people to do in wet weather, making it an all-year-round attraction.

“And you won’t find an identical one anywhere else.”

New Tapir at Amazona Zoo, Cromer. Left, Lutador the new Tapir with girlfriend Ennis.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLYNew Tapir at Amazona Zoo, Cromer. Left, Lutador the new Tapir with girlfriend Ennis. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Nine-year-old Jadzia Burgoyne, of Banningham, gave the interactive area her seal of approval, with the tall slide a particular favourite.

The design was the work of Bob Hills, whose business, Bonkers Play Ltd, was tasked with creating Jungle Tumbles.

Mr Hills said he had tried to include senses and sounds along with bright colours. He said: “It is nice to use all different shapes and great to be in a wooden building, not a warehouse for once.” And the indoor extension is not the zoo’s only new addition. Outdoors, the zoo’s female tapir, Ennis, has been joined by Lutador, a two-year-old Brazilian tapir from Dartmoor Zoo. Zoo manager Imogen White, said that eventually they hope to breed from the young pair.

She said: “He is a very special tapir as he was a breech birth and had to be hand reared for two weeks.”

New Jungle Rumble play area at Amazona Zoo, Cromer. Owen Thomas, 11.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLYNew Jungle Rumble play area at Amazona Zoo, Cromer. Owen Thomas, 11. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

This breed of tapir, a relative of the horse and rhino families, is native to South America.

The zoo is also building a new education yurt, which will be available for children’s parties and conferences.

The play area is for children aged under 12, who will require adult supervision at all times.

The zoo is home to more than 200 tropical animals including jaguars, monkeys, snakes, flamingos and tapirs. It also has a Feline Forest with ocelot, pumas and jaguar, a tropical house with spectacled caiman, anaconda snakes and iguanas, Chilean flamingos and South American wildfowl. They also have Amazon parrots, macaws, squirrel monkeys, red-legged seriema and Geoffroys spider monkeys.

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