Home to a collection of rare animals from Asia, Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens houses endangered tigers, huge crocodiles, noisy Gibbons and many more.
Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens
The park, just a stone’s throw from Great Yarmouth, was set up 40 years ago – in 1979 – by Ken Sims. After returning from Malaya where he had been a rubber planter, poisonous snake farmer and a crocodile keeper, he opened Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens. Inspired by the first David Attenborough TV programme and the early writings of Gerald Durrell, Ken had chosen to work in Asia as a way of learning more about the wonderful wildlife of that region.
Supplying zoos in Europe and America with rare species, and helping with the National Zoo of Malaysia, he gained valuable experience which he put to good use in the design of the Gardens. The need for help from zoos and their visitors is now greater than ever before and the help given by Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens to conservation work around the world has been a source of great satisfaction to Ken and the team at Thrigby.
Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens is actively involved in breeding programmes for various rare and endangered species. One of which is the Owston’s Palm Civet, a civet native to Vietnam, Laos and Southern China. There are believed to be less than 20 in captivity worldwide. Thrigby Hall are working alongside Newquay Zoo who co-ordinate the European breeding programme for this species.
The three rare Amur leopard cubs born in October 2017 at Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens are thriving and are almost fully grown. They will stay with Mum for another few months and later move to other zoos to be paired with a mate as part of the European Breeding Programme.
Visitors this spring can see the large extension recently added to the Amur Leopard enclosure which gives more space to the three female cubs, their mother (Korea) and their father (Skodje). It has tunnels so the leopards can climb over the public walkways – giving a fantastic view for visitors below – and gives the leopards the opportunity to climb and explore the trees, lounge in the sunshine on rock piles or explore the undergrowth planted on the floor of the enclosure.
Elsewhere the Cats Cloisters area is undergoing refurbishment with new play equipment for younger Thrigby visitors to enjoy.
Thriby is the perfect day out for families with so much to see from endangered tigers and huge crocodiles to noisy gibbons and many more exciting animals.
The unique network of raised walkways allows visitors to get up close and personal with these magnificent creatures. The park is wheelchair and pushchair friendly with free parking, picnic areas, café, gift shop and play areas to suit children of different age groups.