Big yellow bear spotted (!) strolling round Newquay Zoo, October 1997
Another dip into our Newquay Zoo Archive
Children In Need 1997 – Pudsey visited the zoo for a Toddle with lots of local children, guided by BBC’s Natalie Cornah, a Newquay girl returning to her home town.
It’s Children in Need 2018 on Friday – time for a topical archive post https://www.bbcchildreninneed.co.uk/fundraisinghub
From the press cuttings it looks like we did this hold the popular Pudsey Toddle one more time in 1998.
I recall introducing Natalie to one of the meerkat twins, who may have been either Patch or Zebedee (abandoned in the cold by the others and rescued from gull attack in 1998). They gave Natalie a cheeky little nip on the arm. Whoops!
Never work with children and animals.
The previous year 1996 the Lions Club of Newquay had a sponsored ‘lunch in the Lion Enclosure’ (thankfully whilst the lions Ross and Lizzie were closed safely inside their inner den). Our trusty old half a stuffed Lion stood in for the photoshoot …
So that was Children in Need 1996, 1997 and 1998 … great fun.
No Pudsey toddle 2018?
We aren’t hosting Pudsey this year. Life was a bit simpler regarding charity fundraising in 1997/8. we were privately run then. Things are a little more complicated now, regarding fundraising for other charities if you are a charity yourself, which Newquay Zoo has been since 2003. We are part of a conservation and education charity called the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust.
The Round Table and Newquay Lions still continue their great job of fundraising for good causes.
Whatever you do for Children in Need in 2018, I hope you enjoy it and raise lots of cash!
Photos and articles reprinted from the Newquay Zoo Archive, as part of our countdown to our 50th anniversary on 26 May 1969 / 2019. https://www.newquayzoo.org.uk/50thanniversary