In pictures: The forgotten animals of Bristol Zoo including camels, kangaroos and elephants

Children would queue up for a ride on ‘Rosie’ the elephant

The closure brought an end to more than 160 years of visitors coming to the site to see animals sourced from all over the world. Back when it started, the zoo featured animals which had been brought by affluent families to the UK on ships.

But over the years, some wildlife like elephants and polar bears were judged to be unsuitable for the zoo due to its size. And in later years, the zoo concentrated more on protecting rare breeds, and educating the public.

Here we look back at some of the animals which once called the zoo their home:

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