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10 threatened species to see on a visit to Banham Zoo

PUBLISHED: 16:30 01 April 2018

Tigers playing at Banham Zoo. Picture: Sonya Duncan

Tigers playing at Banham Zoo. Picture: Sonya Duncan

This year Banham Zoo is celebrating its 50th year. The popular tourist attraction is known for its conservation work, here are 10 threatened species you can see during your visit.

An Amur tiger watching visitors at Banham Zoo. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYAn Amur tiger watching visitors at Banham Zoo. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Amur (Siberian) tigers

The endangered species is the largest of all the big cats. It is believed there are only 250 adults in the wild.

Grevy’s zebras

Grevy's Zebra at Banham Zoo. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYGrevy's Zebra at Banham Zoo. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

An endangered species, threats to the zebras include loss of habitat, hunting and diseases such as anthrax.

Red Pandas

A close relative of the racoon, they are excellent climbers. It is though their population has decreased by 50pc in less than 20 years.

Red panda cub at Banham Zoo. Picture: Banham Zoo.Red panda cub at Banham Zoo. Picture: Banham Zoo.

Snow leopards

These beautiful creatures are found in the high mountains of central Asia and the Himalayas and are a vulnerable species.

Snow Leopard patrols around the enclosure at Banham Zoo. Picture: Simon ParkerSnow Leopard patrols around the enclosure at Banham Zoo. Picture: Simon Parker

Ring-tailed lemurs

A popular species at the zoo, they are threatened in the wild by deforestation due to charcoal production and burning for pasture.

Ring-tailed Lemurs. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYRing-tailed Lemurs. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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Snowy owl

The Snowy owl. Picture: Jerry DawsThe Snowy owl. Picture: Jerry Daws

Found in the barren Arctic regions, it is a vulnerable species. It is thought climate change is affecting the availability of its prey.

Giraffes

There is only one species of giraffe, but many subspecies. The wild population has dropped by 40pc in 30 years.

A baby giraffe at Banham Zoo. Picture: Sonya DuncanA baby giraffe at Banham Zoo. Picture: Sonya Duncan

Siamangs

The largest species of the gibbon family. Decreasing in the wild due to hunting and the destruction of their rainforest habitat.

A baby Siamang Gibbon baby with its mum at Banham Zoo. 
Picture: Denise BradleyA baby Siamang Gibbon baby with its mum at Banham Zoo. Picture: Denise Bradley

Red ruffed lemurs

They are facing extinction in the wild due to the destruction of their forest habitat for agriculture and timber.

Sri Lankan leopards

A red ruffed Lemur. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYA red ruffed Lemur. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Native to the island of Sri Lanka, they are found in a range of habitats. The estimated population is just 800.

Sri Lankan leopard roams its enclosure at Banham Zoo. Picture: Sonya DuncanSri Lankan leopard roams its enclosure at Banham Zoo. Picture: Sonya Duncan

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