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Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens - Great Place
Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens (Great Yarmouth)
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Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens (Great Yarmouth)
Advantages: Lots to see
Having recently visited Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens and not really having very high expectations, I was very surprised to have a great afternoon out and was quite impressed by the amount squeezed into quite a small zoo.
Thrigby Hall is located in a village called Filby around 10 miles or so from Great Yarmouth. Entry for adults was only £10 which I thought was more than fair, with children being charged £7.50, and £8.50 for OAP's, I did not actually see a family ticket price listed.
On arriving at Thrigby Hall parking is very basic being a dirt and grass car park. When entering the park there is a small payment booth and then through this there is a hand stamp area so that you can stamp your own hand to allow re-entry without being charged.
There was most certainly a lot to see here the first animals you come across when entering the park are some avaries with a selection of colourful birds then the next thing you are confronted with are 2 huge american alligators with nothing but a low glass surround around 3-4 feet tall so you can look down into the enclosure with nothing between yourself and the alligators.
The Swamp house is close by to the alligators and houses two more american alligators as well as two salt water crocs.
Also in the swamp house is a large pool which contains quite a few goldfish and also a couple of large catfish with an observation window at water level. Also there are a few enclosed tropical birds in here. A word of warning this area is very hot and humid but makes for a good look round.
There is also a reptile house here with a huge python around 12 - 14 foot long. There are also a few other snakes here along with geckos, a small variety of tortoises and salamanders.
On from the reptile house there are the otters whose enclosure is surrounded by a low wall with a window below water level to allow you to see them if they are in the water.
There are a large selection of monkeys here and all have large tall enclosures to allow them to play and swing about as naturally as possible. This part dose have some narrow access up to the higher parts so not suitable for buggies, or wheelchairs.
Just down the hill from the monkeys are the red pandas which again are only surrounded by a low brick wall with a large tree in the middle, I did wonder here if the red pandas had ever escaped as they are able to climb and the tree overhangs the low wall in places.
The walk through aviary here contains a large variety of birds including various large exotic birds as well as ducks, pheasents, and cormarants.
There are also some avaries nearby containg cockatoos, and even more smaller exotic birds.
Last but not least is the cats area of the park with a small area with wild cats, and the larger area with the leopards and tigers which is the main area of the park I liked and thought it was worth the £10 entry alone.
The Tigers have a fairly large area with a viewing platform that looks down into the enclosure with logs laid so the Tigers can get up to the platform. All that seperates you from the tigers is double depth wired fence and around 6 inches of air inbetween. This was amazing as the tiger ran up whilst we were there only to lay down and sun bathe and give us a good ten minutes as close to a tiger as you will probably ever get.
The Leopards enclosures also allow you to get very close to the animals with viewing platforms to give you a better look at them when they are on the move. There are black leopards and snow leopards here with the snow leopards enclosure as with the tigers you could almost touch them, with only the mesh fence stopping you.
The gift shop here was quite large and had a large variety of all the usual zoo items, teddies, t-shirts, and cups etc. Some of the items are fairly priced but as with most gift shops the majority is at least slightly over-priced. The cafe here was clean and served a variety of hot and cold food and snacks but once again over-priced, but there are plenty of picnic benches dotted about if you decide to take your own food.
The toilets were clean and well maintained which quite a few smaller zoos like this tend to let slip.
Overall we had an excellent time here and got quite close to a lot of dangerous animals. All of the animals enclosures were well kept, and all well enough built to make you feel confident being as close as you get to some of these animals. All the enclosures made to simulate the animals natural environment as much as possible. I would definately recommend this to anyone who passes or anyone likely to visit Great Yarmouth at all as the extra few miles are well worth it.
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