10 threatened species to see on a visit to Banham Zoo

Tigers playing at Banham Zoo. Picture: Sonya Duncan

Tigers playing at Banham Zoo. Picture: Sonya Duncan - Credit: 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 BRADLEY

An Amur tiger watching visitors at Banham Zoo. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

• 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 BRADLEY

Grevy's Zebra at Banham Zoo. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016


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

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• 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. - Credit: Archant

• 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 Parker

Snow Leopard patrols around the enclosure at Banham Zoo. Picture: Simon Parker - Credit: Archant

• 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 BRADLEY

Ring-tailed Lemurs. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

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• Snowy owl

The Snowy owl. Picture: Jerry Daws

The Snowy owl. Picture: Jerry Daws - Credit: ©Archant Photographic 2010

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 Duncan

A baby giraffe at Banham Zoo. Picture: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2009

• 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 Bradley

A baby Siamang Gibbon baby with its mum at Banham Zoo. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: ©Archant Photographic 2009

• 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 BRADLEY

A red ruffed Lemur. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: copyright: Archant 2014

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 Duncan

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

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