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Retro Bristol: From 1900 to closure - Bristol Zoo through the years in 16 fascinating pictures

We look back on the history of the zoo, which closed in September 2022

Bristol Zoo in Clifton was one of Bristol’s most treasured institutions for almost 200 years.

When it controversially closed in 2022, it had welcomed some 90 million visitors since it opened in 1836.

Bristol Zoo Gardens is now set to be redeveloped into housing, while some of the animals from the old zoo are now at The Wild Place Project in South Gloucestershire.

But for many Bristolians, a summer trip to the beautiful Clifton zoo and gardens was something to look forward to each year and it’s still greatly missed by families.

Let’s take a look at some nostalgic pictures of Bristol Zoo over the decades.

Bristol Zoo Gardens is now set to be redeveloped into housing, while some of the animals from the old zoo are now at The Wild Place Project in South Gloucestershire.

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