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Prince Edward visits Banham Zoo to mark 50 years of wildlife conservation




HRH Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, visited Banham Zoo yesterday to mark 50 years of wildlife conservation. Pictures by Mecha Morton.
HRH Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, visited Banham Zoo yesterday to mark 50 years of wildlife conservation. Pictures by Mecha Morton.

Zoo staff and supporters prepared a royal welcome for HRH The Earl of Wessex yesterday.

His visit was scheduled to mark Banham Zoo’s 50 years of wildlife conservation.

While there, the royal guest learned about the five-year conservation pledge being made by the Zoological Society of East Anglia (ZSEA), the registered charity which leads Banham Zoo and its sister wildlife park in Kessingland.

On arrival, the Prince was due to meet Professor David Field, as well as several dignitaries and members of staff, before beginning a tour of the zoo.

On his tour, the Earl was set to meet zookeepers, the maintenance team and children from Banham Primary School, who fed the animals.

Prince Edward was joined feeding the giraffes by pupils of Banham Primary School.
Prince Edward was joined feeding the giraffes by pupils of Banham Primary School.

The day concluded with Prince Edward attending a presentation and witnessing the launch of the five-year pledge.

Professor Field said: “The challenges faced in the natural world are ever increasing, so the work of conservation charities, such as ZSEA, are hugely significant. “Our five-year pledge will make a difference to animals and people.

Making this pledge in the presence of HRH Prince Edward gives us even more motivation to achieve this.”

See next week's Diss Express (May 17) for more pictures and find out which animal the Prince especially liked.



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