Why is Bristol Zoo Gardens closing - everything you need to know as closing date nears

This is our live blog covering the final two days of Bristol Zoo in Clifton ahead of closure

Hundreds of people are visiting Bristol Zoo today ahead of the attraction’s closure - as it prepares to move to a new site just outside of the city.

It follows an announcement back in 2020 that the zoo will move to its Wild Place Project in South Gloucestershire - the only way to safeguard its future after the pandemic.

And with visitor demand soaring, the zoo has extended its opening hours for today (September 2) and tomorrow to ensure as many people can get in to bid the zoo a farewell as possible.

Following closure, the plan is to sell the 12 acres of land for a development which could see more than 200 homes at the site.

Here’s our live blog on what’s happening today, plus a stream of stories hopefully answering any questions the public may have.

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Why is Bristol Zoo closing?

The decision to close the zoo and relocate was taken after the second national lockdown, with the zoo having missed out on large sums of money due to dwindling numbers in the spring and summer - a time when zoos are usually at their busiest in the year.

For story on reasons why, click here

A look back to yesteryear

Zebi, the zoo’s famous elephant, lived at the site from 1868 to 1909. ‘She was quite a character, renowned for removing and eating straw hats!

What visitors have told us this week!

Visitor slots for this afternoon are still available to buy

Just 347 tickets left to buy to visit Bristol Zoo tomorrow ahead of closure.

All visiting slots up to 3.30pm are booked up.

For more on how to get tickets, click here.

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