• VisitEngland graded 5 star Gold
  • Short breaks available
  • Award winning conversion
  • Gas & electricity included
  • Welcome pack
  • Linen and towels included
  • Wi-Fi 9 MB download
  • Cot & high chair available
  • Sorry but no pets
  • Regret no smoking in the mill
  • Flexible Changeover Days
  • Personally managed by the owners
The Old Windmill,Self Catering
5.0Out of 5100% of guests recommend

Amazona Zoo Cromer

Dedicated to conservation of South American species Amazona is a worthwhile, interesting and entertaining day out for all age groups.

http://www.amazonazoo.co.uk/conservation/

Lots of interesting facts and details about conservation work (such as below), as well as play areas and good quality refreshments.

Geoffroy’s Spider Monkey

Geoffroy’s Spider Monkey

Geoffroy’s Spider Monkey live throughout Central America, from Mexico to Panama. Also known as black-handed spider monkey, they are one of the largest New World monkey with arms significantly longer than its legs and its tail can support its entire weight! It has long, hook-like fingers allowing the monkey to move by swinging by its arms beneath the tree branches. It is considered to be endangered after suffering from habitat loss, hunting and being sold in the pet trade.

Amazoma has close links to Thrigby Hall near Yarmouth, as their conception and conservation principals were the creation of the same person – Ken Sims:

ZOO PROFILE – AMAZONA ZOO

In 1976 Ken Sims decided that he would go ahead with plans to build a zoo in the U.K. after all, his chosen site was at Thrigby Hall in Norfolk , this came to fruition in 1979. Thrigby is a unique collection, constructed to a design like no other , that is until he announced plans to build another zoo at Cromer in 2006. Ken felt that he was nearing retirement and wanted a new challenge, to build a collection which focused on South American animals, in a way following on in the footsteps of Lord and Lady Fisher with their superb collection at Kilverstone. There is enormous scope for exhibiting species from this part of the world, and perhaps push back the boundaries a little in keeping some species rarely kept before.

Ken knew Cromer well from his childhood and it was a place that meant a great deal to him, he had previously seen the potential of a site on the Cromer Hall estate, designed in 1825 and owned by the Cabbell-Manners family. The current lord of the estate Mr Benjie Cabbell-Manners had also realised that the estate had potential, farming was becoming difficult for many, the site had been a former Brick Kiln and had become a little run down. Benjie wanted to encompass tourism in some way by bringing in a steady income to the estate. So Ken’s idea of a zoo on the estate was greeted with enthusiasm and mutual interest.

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