A £450,000 project to provide a sea lion enclosure at Banham Zoo is underway after several years of planning.
It will create an aquatic habitat for Californian sea lions, and the finished exhibit will allow the zoo, which is part of the Zoological Society of East Anglia, to raise awareness about the plight of the world’s seas and oceans, covering issues as diverse as microbeads in cosmetics, to overfishing and plastics in the seas.
Martin Goymour, CEO, said: “Banham Zoo has a long history of working with sea lions to raise awareness of critical conservation and environmental issues facing our planet.
“This new enclosure will create a salt-water habitat for Californian sea lions, opening in summer 2017.
“Banham Zoo is now supported in its work by the Zoological Society of East Anglia (ZSEA) and forms part of the charity.
“For ZSEA this is a big financial undertaking. We welcome any offers of financial support towards the project, from business sponsorship of the enclosure to small one off gifts.
This new enclosure will create a salt-water habitat for Californian Sea Lions, opening in summer 2017
“I certainly hope that this project will help inspire the next generation of animals lovers, to do all that they can to protect our worlds wildlife.”