December 13 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Glitter guns showered guests with sparkles at Banham Zoo yesterday as staff welcomed their 6 millionth visitor.
The milestone was reached 45 years after it opened.
The winning family was met by Martin Goymour, zoo director, who presented them with their prize.
The Finlinson family from Rendlesham in Suffolk, has won a package worth £2,000 which includes a six-year season ticket to Africa Alive and Banham Zoo for six family members and the chance to feed the giraffes and meerkats .
Helen Finlinson, who visited with her sons Jack, six, Leo, four and Noah, 18 months, and her mother and father in law, Gwen Finlinson and Nick Drew, said: “We weren’t sure whether to got to the zoo or to Africa Alive. We had a frustrating journey because we were stuck behind a tractor and got here a lot later than we thought.
“We had only been to the zoo once before. Sometimes there’s a lot to do in one day and you end up rushing things but now we can come here as often as we like.
“We are every grateful to have won, I’m thrilled.”
Mrs Finlinson, who works as a day services manager at a hospice, called her husband, John, who was at work, to share the good news.
Martin Dupee,operations manager at Banham Zoo, said: “Six million visitors is huge for us, it is a very significant number.
“Just after 12.15pm we welcomed them through the doors.
“We have been counting down on our Facebook page and the family was completely unsuspecting.
“It was a surprise, it was fantastic. The in-laws were visiting from Devon so they are lucky charms.”