Like Norfolk, neighbouring Suffolk is filled with lots of things to do and sights to see – including some fantastic animal attractions. From African mammals to native species, the county’s parks, sanctuaries and zoos provide visitors with the opportunity to meet and learn about creatures from across the world. And have lots of fun in the process!
Top animal attractions in Suffolk
Africa Alive is home to more than 80 species, including mammals, domestic livestock, birds, reptiles and invertebrates. From aardvarks to lions, lovebirds to flamingos and geckos to snails, there are plenty of interesting creatures that the whole family will enjoy meeting. There’s also a number of activities and displays, including the Hog Snorts interactive habitat, Farmyard Corner and a Discovery Centre, where kids can get hands-on with some of the zoo’s smaller residents.
Perfect for children, Pets Corner Farm Park is home to lots of small and friendly animals, happy to be fed and given a fuss. Located just down the coast from Hemsby at Oulton Broad, this popular family attraction looks after a variety of animals, including pigs, goats, sheep, rabbits, guinea pigs and chickens. The park also has a Tea Hut, serving light bites and refreshments, as well as a picnic area so that you can make a day of it.
Suffolk Owl Sanctuary was set up as a registered charity in 2001 and has provided care and rehabilitation for owls from across the region ever since. The sanctuary also aims to promote owl conservation throughout the UK, and is open to the public all year round. The site features a flying area and woodland walk, and is also home to foxes, red squirrels, rabbits and ferrets. Feeding and encounter sessions are run daily with the group of resident meerkats.
Offering the opportunity to get up close and personal with camels, as well as other animals, Camel Park Oasis prides itself on being the only park of its kind in the country. Llama walks are available by arrangement, plus camel and donkey rides for a small extra charge. There are also twice-daily ‘Meet-a-Camel’ sessions, where kids can learn about the history, evolution and biology of the animals. Meanwhile, ‘Cuddle-a-Pet’ sessions are run on a daily basis, giving children the opportunity to meet some of the park’s smaller residents, such as rabbits and guinea pigs. Land train rides are also available.