Newquay’s 1980s Zoo World of Leisure

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Animal World Leaflet mentioning Conservation (c. late 1980s / early 1990s) with our Education Centre within the Tropical House and the newly rebuilt Lion House. Flamingos, Diana Monkeys, Kinkajous, Penguins and our Tarzan Trail rope bridge.

 

 

Our monthly Newquay Zoo history snippet for February 2017 focusses on the late 1980s and a rather unusual renaming of  Newquay Zoo.

When I first started work at ‘Newquay Zoo’ in the mid 1990s, under the new private ownership of Mike Thomas, it still bore its Council Zoo renaming of Newquay Animal World. So did our letter heads, leaflets, vehicles and uniforms.

This strange name, presumably chosen to match  the Water World swimming pool name, led to some odd telephone conversations in the zoo office.

People would phone up and ask to buy a guinea pig. We would then have to explain we were a zoo, not a pet shop, despite our name.

Mike thankfully changed the name  back to Newquay Zoo about 1996/97, despite the extensive criticism of ‘zoos’ and the word Zoo flourishing at the time.

The posters and leaflets show the joint marketing of 2 major ‘world’  attractions ‘Animal World’ and ‘Water World’ along with the other surviving elements of the original 1960s and 1970s Trenance Leisure Gardens.

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The newly built or refurbished Water World late 1980s

 

This was all part of  renewed attempt to market the Trenance Gardens area as a ‘World’ of Leisure, 26 acres of Sports and Leisure.

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Early 1990s Animal World leaflet
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Inside the early 1990s Animal World leaflet – llama, monkey walk, lioness, flamingos, walking over the stepping stones of the original Japanese or Oriental Water Gardens where otters now live.

Inside the Animal World leaflet (c. 1993) are visible some staff that I remember when I started at Newquay Zoo – top left, keeper Claire Roper with our then zoo vet Mike King, Claire is also seen with some of the encounter animals with visitors, keeper David Eyre with python (and elsewhere Kinkajou).

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Giant insects and a painted Black lemur (one of our early overseas conservation links) c. 1993

 

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I recognise that painted Lion! See where the Lion on the c. 1993 leaflet artwork comes from? Roundels usually covered up at the last minute something on the artwork we had decided against! The hedgehogs were from our Wildlife Hospital section which ran till about 2003/4.

The posters below are from the joint Newquay’s World of Leisure that was (and still sort of is)  Trenance Leisure Parks late 1980s / early 1990s.

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Scarlet Macaws feature on this joint advert.  

 

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Pumas, lions and penguins feature here whilst the “new Oriental Garden and renewed Monkey Walk” of the mid to late 1980s are mentioned here as included in Zoo Admission .

 

Interestingly the Zoo (at only 8 acres)  is branded as a “ZOOlogical theme park”, no doubt to account for the entertainment features such as the recently planted Maze, Activity play park and Tarzan trail all c. 1983.

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Zebra(s) feature on this poster.

 

Interesting in itself to see how styles of zoo posters and general attraction advertising have or haven’t changed over the years, something we look at with students on business and marketing  or leisure and tourism type school and college talks.

More lions of our leaflets here:

https://newquayzoohistory.wordpress.com/2016/09/

Since Animal World and the early Nineties

The 26 acres of the ‘World of Leisure’ that was  ‘Trenance Leisure Gardens’ have changed somewhat after a business dip mid-1990s.

Newquay Zoo is now run as part of a conservation charity, the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust http://www.wwct.org.uk/ with Living Coasts and  our big sister zoo in Devon, Paignton Zoo. Newquay Zoo expanded onto the nearby ‘Little Wembley’ sports field, growing  a few acres to its current 12 – 13 acres to create the Savannah area which opened in 2009.

We now open all year round, from about 1993/4 as opposed to the original Council Zoo being open Easter to October.

The Toboggan Run has given way to the Wooden Waves skate park.

The golf driving range is now (since 2000)  the site of Cornwall College Newquay https://www.cornwall.ac.uk/location-pages/newquay-campus.html

http://www.newquayzoo.org.uk/education-clubs/cornwall-college

The miniature train and the pitch and putt / crazy golf  still thrive, the Tennis Courts are now part of the Heron Tennis Centre whilst  Water World’s swimming pool and gym is still very busy, its visitors watched as ever by our African Lions. http://www.tempusleisure.org.uk/waterworld-newquay/

The Lakeside Café, Boating Lake and Rose Gardens  (home to the original Charles Trevisick’s  Newquay Children’s Zoo – see below) are still flourishing.

https://newquayzoohistory.wordpress.com/2016/12/20/newquay-zoo-timeline-1969

The newly reopened Trenance Cottages Museum, Community Centre and Café is also thriving. http://www.trenancecottages.co.uk/

Here’s to another  busy season for all the activities of Newquay’s World of Leisure!

Blogposted in February 2017.

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Author: worldwarzoogardener1939

World war zoo gardener and zoo educator at Newquay Zoo Cornwall UK

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