One of the most well-known attractions at Banham Zoo officially re-opened this week, following an investment of more than £100,000 to repair the comprehensive damage caused by a fire.
The zoo’s sub-tropical house, named Eureka! Animazing Oasis, received its grand opening on Wednesday at 11am from Elizabeth Truss, Minister for the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, setting in motion an operation to return the 58 animals that had to be relocated when a fire struck the enclosure late last year.
A Banham Zoo spokesperson stated: “The zoo was able to rehome all of the animals, either within existing facilities at Banham or at its sister park, Africa Alive, and keepers are now preparing to settle the animals back into their newly renovated homes once again.”
The blaze was discovered around midday on December 4, 2014, during opening hours for the zoo, after a fault occurred in the building’s UV water treatment system, which cleans the pools and streams housed in the enclosure.
It resulted in the loss of three green-winged doves in the days following the fire, due to smoke inhalation, while there was also extensive smoke damage to the venue’s plants, fixtures and fittings.
Works to clean and refit the building and restore the plant life were recently completed, with the first customers being admitted back into the attraction last Saturday.