Zoological gardens open at garden centre

Van Hage's at Great Amwell in Great Amwell, Hertfordshire has a new concession, a wildlife park.

Ventura Wildlife at the Van Hage Garden Centre opened on 23 July for a preview day and opens permanently from 30 July.

The animals on show include a fossa, Cuban hutia, llama, alpaca, zebra, wallabies, emu, reindeer, armadillo, tropical and water birds including parakeets, and lemurs.

The zoological gardens have been created after a year of planning and work.

Ventura hope to attract 300-500 customers a day. Prices are £7 for adults and £6 for 2-16s. They plan to develop the attraction and then possibly bring it elsewhere too.

Van Hage has an existing small animal petting zoo.

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