Drayton Manor Zoo becomes a full member of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria

Wednesday October 5 2016

Drayton Manor Zoo, part of the award winning Drayton Manor Park in Staffordshire, is now a full member of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA), positioning it alongside some of Europe’s best zoos.

The membership follows two rigorous screening visits where experts investigated all aspects of the zoos activities, focusing closely on animal welfare, conservation, research and education. Following the visits, EAZA were very happy with the standards that Drayton Manor Zoo has set for itself and is excited about where the zoo is heading.

Chris Mitchell, Zoo Manager at Drayton Manor Zoo, said: “We are delighted with our EAZA membership and I think it is a great reflection of the work we do here, and how we go above and beyond to make sure all the animals’ needs are met. 

“Sadly, animals in the wild are becoming extinct at an alarming rate and zoos not only narrate this story but also help connect people with nature. Zoos carry out vital conservation work and are key to safeguarding animals and habitats for future generations.”

Drayton Manor Zoo has a wide collection of creatures great and small including a pair of critically endangered Sumatran tigers, bouncing Red Kangaroos, fascinating spider monkeys, cotton topped tamarins and a mischievous meerkat mob.

It is an open plan attraction, so visitors don’t have to pay an additional fee for entry into the zoo, and it’s a great place to take a break from all the theme park has to offer.

To book tickets, or for more information about the park and zoo, please visit www.draytonmanor.co.uk or call 0844 472 1950. Reduced prices are available for tickets bought in advance. For regular updates and news about Drayton Manor Park join it on Twitter www.twitter.com/Draytonmanor and Facebook www.facebook.com/DraytonManorPark

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About Drayton Manor

Drayton Manor Park Ltd, opened to the public in 1950 by the Bryan family, is one of the UK’s most popular family attractions with over one million visitors a year. George and Vera Bryan OBE, converted 80 acres of derelict land, which once belonged to Sir Robert Peel; MP & PM to Queen Victoria and her family, into today’s wonderful multi award-winning family attraction, combining thrill rides with a conservation zoo plus catering and conference facilities.

Today, Drayton Manor Park, still family owned and run by second and third generation family members, covers 286 acres of beautiful woodland and countryside and features some of the wildest and scariest rides around. Rides include: Roller-Coasters - Shockwave, Ben 10: Ultimate Mission and G-force.  Major rides: Maelstrom, Apocalypse and Storm Force 10, our wettest ride. It is home to the hugely popular Thomas Land™ featuring many named Thomas & Friends™ character rides for the children and adults alike. Thomas Land™ at Drayton Manor is the only one of its kind in Europe.  The park’s 152 seat 4D Cinema, over 50 rides and attractions makes for a truly unforgettable day.

The four-star Hotel onsite featuring 150 rooms includes Thomas & Friends™ themed rooms all sleeping four to six guests, family rooms, executive rooms and presidential rooms. It also features two bars, two sublime restaurants and a relaxing lounge.  Within Drayton Manor Park and hotel we have three large conference rooms for functions and exhibitions as well as an idyllic wedding facility for up to 400 guests.

The popular Grill Inn Steak Restaurant and bar is adjacent to the hotel, seats up to 150 guests and is open all year round.
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