Wraxall zoo owner turns 80

Anthony and Christina Bush opened Noah's Ark Zoo Farm in 1999.

Anthony and Christina Bush opened Noah's Ark Zoo Farm in 1999. - Credit: Archant

The owner of a Wraxall zoo has celebrated his 80th birthday.

Anthony Bush and his wife, Christina, opened Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, in Clevedon Road, in 1999 initially as a petting zoo.

Since then, the zoo has become the largest in the South West, attracting more than 200,000 visitors per year.

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To mark the occasion, the zoo hosted a life begins at 80 event, which allowed visitors 80 years of age and above to enter the site for free.

Anthony said: “The past 20 years have been a fascinating journey trying to bring innovation to the zoo world, to encourage curiosity in our young visitors and provide fun and education for so many.

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“A highly talented, committed staff and supportive wife and family make it comparatively easy being a boss at 80, provided God gives good health and the right weather to survive.

“Every day is a new challenge and there is no time to grow old.”

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