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The Zoo And You As part of our BIG Summer Send-Off we are celebrating our 186-year history by looking back at some of our fondest memories of the Zoo and we want to hear from YOU.

What are your favourite memories of the Zoo?

Do you remember Wendy the elephant? Perhaps you have a family story about Alfred the gorilla who lived here between 1930 and 1948? Or maybe you came on a first date to the Zoo, were married here, or witnessed your child’s first steps on the main lawn?

Whatever memories you have, we would love you to share them with us – new and old alike! Join in using the hashtag #TheZooAndYou to share your nostalgic photos on socials. 

Our favourite images will have the chance to feature on our ‘Past, Present and Future’ timeline – a special one-off exhibit for our BIG Summer Send-Off, before the Zoo closes on 3 September 2022. 

Here are some of our favourite photos so far. 


“My grandfather, William Irwin, was a chef in the Zoo restaurant during the 1950s. We’re looking forward to paying our last nostalgic visit on August 7th” – Steve Irwin

“Nanny, Maria, Alex, Nick, Diana, Harry and William in 1991” – Paul Burrell 

“I was so in love with Wendy! Thank you Bristol Zoo Gardens for some brilliant memories” – Lottie Ree

“Our first proper date in January 2008 was at Bristol Zoo Gardens. We have been together ever since!” – Sarah Lowe & John Fullegar

“I have worked at Bristol Zoo Gardens for 26 years. Here is me an Amadeus, the European eagle owl who I used to fly on display most summer days” – Kate Atwell


“So many memories… visiting as a child, getting married, and now taking my reception classes there for school trips” - Katelyn and Robert Blake

Maria Beecham, Wendy the elephant 11th of august 1997

Keeper Lauren and her sister on the Top Terrace circa 1996



Now’s your last chance to visit before the Zoo’s last day 03.09.22

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Now’s your last chance to visit before the Zoo’s last day 03.09.22