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Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens

Thrigby Hall, Filby, Great Yarmouth, NR29 3DR, United Kingdom

Family Days Out - Family Activities

Tel 01493 369477




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About 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.

Plantation work and travels in South East Asia gave a first hand insight into the dramatic loss of habitats, particularly of the rain forests: that loss highlighted the realisation that progressive zoos had a positive role to play helping save at least some species from extinction by the hand of man. Peter Scott showed the way by starting the captive breeding work at Slimbridge as well as founding the World Wildlife Fund.

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 his strong team.

The striped and spotted fur that provides camouflage for these predators in varying habitats, has also brought many cat species to the brink of extinction. Although hunting and trade is banned, poaching for skins still continues.

Cats spend a large proportion of their day resting or asleep. In zoos this applies too; between meals their most usual behaviour is cat-napping and fur and foot grooming. At times they will stroll around the boundary of their enclosure scent marking the bushes with urine and scratching the trees to mark their territory and keep claw tips in trim.

Wandering around aimlessly between meals could make a cat open to needless hazards and possible accidents.

Crocodilians include two species of alligator, the American and Chinese. The largest animals living here in the Swamp House at the moment are the American species.

Also exhibited are Marsh or Mugger Crocodiles and younger but fast growing Estuarine or Salt Water Crocodiles. The former come from fresh water rivers and lakes in India. Estuarine Crocodiles are distributed more widely from S.E. Asia to Northern Australia. Individuals can grow to be the largest of all present day reptiles.

Younger crocodiles eat amphibians and fish. Larger ones may take mammals as large as deer, antelope or wild pigs when they come down to drink and even the occasional, usually foolish, man!

Special Attractions at Thrigby Hall Include:

Willow Pattern Garden

The legend of the Willow Pattern Garden shown on Blue Pattern plates can be summarised as follows. The Chinese scenes depict a widely held belief of the story about the Mandarin's daughter who fell in love with her father's poor secretary, their elopement, purusal and transformation into a pair of doves.

Lime Tree Lookout

The lime tree lookout provides an excellent vantage point from which to study the various wildfowl in the willow pattern lake.

Tiger Tree Walk

The tiger tree walk high in the trees is not for the faint hearted. It is a special walk constructed in the trees which surround the tigers' enclosure to provide the opportunity for an excellent birds' eye view.

For opening times and reservations please contact our helpful and friendly team on 01493 369477 or email us via the contact button on this page

Facilities

General Services

  • 5 Star Rating

Special Opening

  • Open - All Year
  • Open - Christmas
  • Open - Easter
  • Open - New Year

Car Parking

  • Free Parking

Accessibility

  • Disabled Friendly


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