One of the oldest zoos in the world will close after 186 years
- Bristol Zoo opened to the public in 1836
- He saved more than 175 species from extinction
- The zoo welcomed around 90 million visitors
Bristol Zoo Gardens, one of the world’s oldest zoos, will close for good this year after welcoming visitors 186 years ago.
According to reports, the zoo will end its activities on September 3. The remaining animals from the premises will be moved to the Wild Place project – an animal park in South Gloucestershire.
Bristol Zoo, which opened in 1836, is home to over 7,000 animals and around 420 species. It has an area of 12 acres. Since its opening in 1836, the place has welcomed around 90 million visitors. It has also done the commendable work of saving 175 species from extinction through its conservation programs.
The zoo has struggled financially as visitor numbers dwindle due to the pandemic. It has been reported that they have suffered operating losses in four of the past six years.
As a result of the UK’s second national lockdown, the zoo’s income has taken a huge hit which has led to retirement plans.
But the farewell will not be a boring, quiet affair. The zoo has planned to hold a number of events before the September closing date. Their goal is to allow their regular visitors to regroup one last time.
There is also good news. Bristol Zoo Gardens will remain open even after the zoo closes. In addition, the children’s playground and the theater building will also remain open for workshops and events. Other parts of the site will be developed into a housing project.
“Bristol Zoo Gardens is a special place for so many people and we want to give them a chance to come, see our animals and the gardens, and talk about their memories,” said Dr Justin Morris, Chief Executive. of the society.
“It’s our heritage. Our way of ensuring that people in the Bristol area will still be able to enjoy the gardens for generations to come,” he added.