Native wildlife

Flora

Flora

  • Noah's Ark Zoo Farm is built on a former dairy farm, on which the farmer, as former founder chairman of the Avon Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group had encouraged native species for several decades.

  • Since becoming a Visitor Centre in 1998, we have added many thousands of new trees. 14,000 Beech trees (green and copper) were planted for the maze, which we trim each year to make into silage for the giraffes and other browsing animals. We have also planted 12 acres for the elephants, mainly of willow, poplar, ash and hazel.

  • The hedges around the Zoo are a mix of Blackthorn, Whitethorn, Field Maple, Hazel, Elder, Bramble, Dog rose, Holly and Ash, some hedges go back centuries. Did you know you can tell the age of a hedge by counting how many different species there are in a 10 metre section.

  • The field trees on site are mainly Ash and Oak, with small numbers of Alder, Willow and Beech.

  • We have wild flower meadows, and flower boxes and beds around the site with a variety of species

  • All these flora encourage wild birds and mammals and amphibians

  • We have a number of Amenity trees planted on site, including: Gleditsia, Platanus x hispanica, Liquidamber, Prunus and Tilia

Animal Enrichment

When a tree dies here at the Zoo it is put to good use as enrichment for the animals

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Fauna

Fauna

Take a look at our native animals
  • As well as caring for exotic animals, we are really passionate about our native species too.
  • From buzzards to badgers, Noah's Ark Zoo Farm provides a wonderful home to hundreds of species of native wildlife. 
  • We have a huge conservation area where native wildlife can thrive. This area is located just behind the Big Cat Sanctuary and incorporates our butterfly meadow and our large pond, as well as several acres of fields.
  • The conservation area is sometimes open to the public on event days. Keep an eye on our events page for more information on upcoming native wildlife events. 
  • We have 5 species of wild bats living here at the Zoo
  • 10 years ago an RSPB survey recorded 67 different species of bird on the farm
Nature Trail

Did you know we offer a free Nature Trail around the zoo?

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