Amazona Zoo, Cromer

Maebh and I, along with a friend and her son, visited the Amazona Zoo in Cromer.

Maebh and her pal, H, which she calls “my boy”! 

We had never been, and it was great.  It’s not a huge zoo which you find in major cities, but as we now live in Cromer, it is nearby and nice for little kids.  We could walk there probably a good 35 minutes (at least) but where I’d couple it with picking up Soren from GVS, I’d probably drive.

The weather was perfect about 13C (55F) and all sun, so it was a great zoo day. This past week has been nice and sunny, but a bit chilly – so ready for warmer weather!!  That 20C day last week, was just a tease.

A one-time adult entrance ticket is £10.50 but you can buy a season pass [April to November] for £25 – so that is a no brainer for me and kids under 4 are free so that includes Maebh.  Nils is working and Soren is at school full time until July 27th-early September, so we will not worry about him coming to the zoo until school is out for the summer break.  Then I suspect we’ll be at the beach more than the zoo, as it will hopefully be real summer weather then.

They have a wide range of tropical South American animals on display like Jaguars, Pirahnas, Macaws/Parrots, Flamingos, Spider & Squirrel Monkeys, Tapir, Capybara, Otters and a bunch more which I never heard of like Bahama Pintail and Brazilian Teal.

These are some photos of the animals from today, but I’ll get more photos of the animals next time.

This is how the animals see Maebh. 

Each day, they display a sign with animal feeding times.  Today we saw the otters being fed chickens (with feathers).  A Zoologist talked about the American River Otters and how they have razor sharp teeth which can just eat right through bones.  They were really amazing and next time, I’ll bring my zoom lens, so I can get right in there even closer.

A little later they were feeding the Spider Monkeys and at 3 pm, the’ll feed the jaguars.  I really would like to see the jaguars being fed, but I had to pick up Soren at 3.  So the only day we could stay later at the zoo to see the feeding is a day which Soren stays after school for Multi-sport clubs, or if Nils picked up Soren and we walked to the zoo (or were dropped off).  If tomorrow (Thursday) is nice, we may head back again.

They also have an Animal or Tree Adoption Scheme (Scheme in not a bad scheme but in a good way), which might be fun for Soren’s school in the future.

This one photo is not my photo but one I found on their site yesterday.
I hoped there is more fence than this little green thing keeping this big cat from us, but that was it.  Thankfully there was a short wooden fence with wires to keep you back at least 5 feet, so no one will put their hand in the cage.  It makes for terrible photos, but the safety precaution is there.  The Jaguars are mum & daughter.  They were really amazingly beautiful.

 

Also, if I recall correctly, Soren told me that one of the teachers in his school had the police at her door telling them to stay inside with their little dog, as a big cat from the zoo escaped.  I asked her at drop off before our zoo visit – turns out it was when she was a child – 1960’s!! THANK GOD!

I think my favorite animals were the jaguars – they were so beautiful!

A mum of a classmate of Soren told me that a “bunny-like animal” is allowed to walk around the zoo, so for little kids they can land in poop if not careful.  I think it’s this one.

This is also not my photo but one from the web.

Something interesting to point out here with the Flamingos.  At first glance you think there is a lot of them, but if you look closer they put up three really large mirrors.  As flamingos are happier and more likely to produce eggs if they are in a large group, so staff added mirrors and it has worked!!
There is also a kids play area with some good equipment like a see-saw which Maebh really liked.  There is also an additional area which is a bit like a fitness/work out area.  

They also feature “Cromer Brick Kilns”, which until yesterday, I didn’t know what they were.  I didn’t see them today but will look for them next time.

“The zoo sits in 10 acres of derelict woodland surrounding abandoned brick kilns south of Cromer town.  Little is known of the history of these kilns, the earliest record of the “Lime kilns and clay pits” is a man drawn in 1747 for Thomas Wyndham of Felbrigg Hall. 

It is likely that the kilns were initially used to product bricks for development of the estate.  Though discovered by well to do travelers earlier, Cromer’s growth only gained pace with the arrival of the railway in 1877.  Maximum production was probably around this time as the railway would have facilitated export of the bricks and tiles to London and further afield.  Production at the Cromer kilns had ceased by 1918 ,they have been disgused by humans since.  They are now a hibernation area for bats.”

They have exclusive photography tours too.

  • Exclusive opportunity to photograph the animals.
  • Photographic tours are only available when the Zoo is closed to the public.  
  • Enclosures have been specially adapted for wire-free photography.  
  • Small group size and professional photographer on hand for help and advice.  
  • Summer evenings on Wednesdays 5pm – 9 pm and Winter days 10 am – 2 pm.  
  • The cost is £95 per person, with light refreshments included.  

Sounds really fun, but not for £95 – that is a week’s worth of groceries! 🙂  After returning from the zoo, I can see how photos (without double wire fences are great) but I still don’t think it’s worth that much money!

Afterwards, we headed back to their house for lunch in the sunshine, which was really good.  So many yummy bites.  Falafal, hummus, veggies, home made bread, etc.  The kids played so nice on the slide, trampoline and scooter, which Maebh really wants.

Again while it’s not a super zoo – I think it will be a nice place for Maebh and I to go with friends or even alone each week, have a picnic and just hang out and enjoy it.  It’s similar to Stone Zoo.
In fact, we may go back tomorrow!! 

Author: Stars Stripes and Mayonnaise

I am an American currently living in the Netherlands. I enjoy snapping photos and blogging along the way about our family’s journey as we moved from USA to the UK for a couple years then onto Ireland for three & half years and now in our next adventure in the Netherlands where the kids and are are learning Dutch. As you can probably tell by the name of the blog “Stars, Stripes & Mayonnaise” our family is half American & half Dutch and if you know one thing about the Dutch is that they LOVE their mayonnaise! I seen ’em do it man, they fuckin‘ drown ’em in it. When I started this blog way when it was to capturing memories of our family – essentially a journal of our family adventures, their love of mayonnaise, my love of photography, D.I.Y., crafting, sea glass hunting and exploring with our two amazing kids.

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