Bristol Zoo, located at Clifton, in Bristol, in United Kingdom, was founded in 1835, opened for public in 1836 and the first elephant arrived in 1868. The last elephant left in 2002. Bristol Zoo closed down in 2021.
1836: Opened back in 1836, Bristol Zoological Gardens is the oldest provincial zoo in the world and fifth oldest zoo in the world. It was founded on July 22, 1835, by Henry Riley, a local physician, who led the formation of the Bristol, Clifton and West of England Zoological Society. The most famous animal in the 1800s was Zebi the elephant. She was on-site between 1868 to 1909. Another major attraction was Raj the elephant who arrived at the zoo in 1913 and lived there for 13 years.
2021-02-21: Earlier this week, Bristol Zoo announced plans to turn its car park into housing.
This came after the Bristol Zoological Society announced at the end of November the closure of its Clifton site, with plans to relocate the attraction to its Wild Place Project site in South Gloucestershire to create a 'world-class zoo and safeguard the future of the organisation'.
Ex keeper John Partridge with Wendy the elephant
The Lord Mayor and guests at the summer garden party of the Royal Empire Society Summer School at Bristol Zoo, July 30 1936. Plus Judy the elephant and passengers.