On the front cover of this month’s edition of Bartlett Society Newsletter No. 145 May 2016 is a fine photograph from our archive collection of the Penguin Pool c. mid 1970s.
Meerkats now roam here, the Humboldt penguins have moved round the corner to the old Sealion Pool.
Reference is made in an article by Russell Tofts to Newquay Zoo’s entry in Wildlife ’74-76: An illustrated reference guide to Zoos, Wildlife Parks, Bird Gardens and Aquariums. This guide was compiled by K. F. Robins and M. A. Radford and published by Burnham Interzoo Publications Ltd., 1974.
This gives a fairly good picture of what was here in 1974 at Newquay Zoo.
Newquay Zoo was established in 1969 by Newquay District Council and is based upon an open plan design which has been beautifully landscaped. Wide roads divide the Zoo as follows: 7 paddocks which accommodate Red Deer, Formosan Deer, Wallabies, Camels, Llama, Shetland Ponies and large walking birds, Cranes, Cassowaries and Rheas.
Artistically placed between these paddocks are the following: Large Walk Through Aviary, Chough Aviary, Sealion Pool, Penguin Pool, Lion and Puma enclosures, Bear Pit, Pets Corner, Tropical House, Monkey Walk and four lakes containing Pelicans, Flamingos and assorted Waterfowl.
Size: 8 and a half acres.
Russell Tofts, chairman of the Bartlett Society wrote an interesting account of the ‘BS’ members’ visit / tour to the zoo on April 17 2016 but also his memories of visiting Newquay Zoo as a child c. summer 1974.
The illustration to this 1974 guide was an African lion photograph (also found in our press cutting archive), peering out of its den entrance in the ‘old’ Lion House, where Harry our elderly male Fossa now lives.
Russell in his article included his carefully hole punched, filed and treasured memento of that trip, a Himalayan Bear and Chinese Leopard postcard of Newquay Zoo. Interestingly he mentions the high price of postcards then and the absence of a guidebook.
The last Chinese Leopard left our collection c. August 1973 (in exchange for 4 Pumas?) whilst Himalayan bears remained until c. 1993 /4.
We will shortly be posting an interesting story about the unusual origin of some of our bears, as well as a 1969 and 1983 edition of our guidebook kindly loaned by John Adams, another member of the Bartlett Society.
Posted by Mark Norris, Newquay Zoo History blog, Newquay Zoo 24 May 2016.