This Tyger poem by William Blake was one of several animal poems put up in 2003 just before or whilst the Zoo Federation (now BIAZA) held its AGM here at Newquay Zoo in 2003 (the same year the Fossas arrived).
Fourteen years later this poem and its Rousseau painting of a Tyger has survived, the other animal poems from Walker Books’ anthology Birds Beasts and Fishes have all faded and gone, whilst our last Fossa Harry left for the UAE this year …
This summer Tippy’s our top small cafe was renamed the Lazy Lion(s) Grill (c. June 2017) .
Tippy’s is named after the white tipped ears of our first male Tapir who arrived c. 1995/6 and lived next to Tippy’s where our Tapirs still live and breed.
I have tracked down a picture of Tippy the Tapir to post here from our 1996 Guidebook
Blogposted by Mark Norris, Newquay Zoo History blog, June 2017.