Zoo celebrates 20 years since opening

Anthony and Christina Bush and their son with staff and volunteers. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Anthony and Christina Bush and their son with staff and volunteers. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

A Wraxall tourist attraction celebrated 20 years since first opening on the weekend.

Noah's Ark Zoo Farm, in Clevedon Road, held a party on Saturday where staff and volunteers old and new gathered to remember the past two decades.

Anthony Bush and his wife, Christina, opened the zoo in 1999 initially as a petting zoo and dairy farm.

They had lived and worked at the site as dairy farmers since 1962 when the original Moat House Farm was part of the Tyntesfield Estate.

Since its formation, the zoo has grown to become the largest in the South West, attracting more than 200,000 visitors per year and housing more than 100 animal species.


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Guests took part in outdoor games, face painting and giraffe feeding.

A timeline was also unveiled which documented major milestones, followed by a speech from Anthony and a celebration cake.

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To mark its 20th year, the zoo will open on Sundays until September 1.

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