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Meet the animals at Africa Alive!


Africa Alive! is an award winning animal park in Kessingland where you can experience the sights and sounds of Africa up close. On your visit you’ll see some of the planet’s rarest and most beautiful animals including lions, cheetahs, rhinos, fennec foxes and many more. But first, why not swot up on what makes each of these animals so important?

Lion cubAfrica Alive! is home to several lions, the kings of the Serengeti


Lions are quite unlike any other cat species because they live in large family communities known as prides. They are undoubtedly one of the most famous animals in the world, and emblematic of Africa’s beautiful plains, yet despite their high profile lions are sadly still at very high risk of extinction. As well as conserving lions in captivity, Africa Alive! helps conserve of lions in the wild by supporting ‘Living with Lions,’ a conservation group made up of scientists and Maasai warriors working together to ensure the future of lions in Africa.
Cheetah Cheetahs are the fastest mammals on land, and you can see them at Africa Alive!


These powerful animals are part of the big cat family, yet unlike other big cats they can’t roar or purr, and don’t retract their claws fully. Another thing that sets them apart is their speed: cheetahs are the fastest land animals on earth, running at speeds of up to 75 miles per hour! They are currently listed as ‘vulnerable’ by the IUCN (the International Union for Conservation of Nature), with only 5,000 – 10,000 left in the wild in Africa.
Fennec foxesFennec foxes have famously big ears


 Surely the next animal to be used in an advertising campaign, the fennec fox is a nocturnal fox from the sands of the Sahara. It’s the smallest species of canid in the world, but its outsized ears are so sensitive they can hear the sound of prey moving underground. Living mainly on a diet of insects and plants, this omnivorous species mate for life and offspring remain in the nest even if a new litter is born.
White rhinoAdmire Africa Alive!'s majestic white rhinos


The largest of all rhino species, white rhino grow up to 6ft in height and can weigh up to three and a half tonnes! Unlike their unfortunate cousins the black rhino, which are now extinct in the wild, white rhino have managed to escape extinction by a whisker. After being poached relentlessly, their numbers are now growing again. Keeping a population of these animals safe and well at Africa Alive! is just another way of ensuring their future as a species.
ring-tailed lemurMeet the real-life lemurs from Madagascar


These lovely creatures are from Madagascar, an island off the coast of East Africa. They live in big groups, and their playful nature is apparent even from a distance. Ring tailed lemurs are vegetarians, eating mainly fruit, flowers and leaves, and deforestation of their natural habitat is one of the main reasons for their near threatened status in the wild. At Africa Alive! the population of ring tailed lemurs is thriving – why not visit Africa Alive! and see for yourself?


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