The Newquay Zoo Monkey Walk enclosures – Then and Now.
As part of our ongoing public appeal for photos of the changing and developing Newquay Zoo ahead of our 50th Anniversary in May 2019, it was great to receive a little packet of photos from Peter Trebilcock. Peter was a Newquay Zoo Keeper from the late 1970s and later, by the time I knew him, he was Site and Operations Manager up to about the year 2000.
Somewhere I have a photograph of Peter Trebilcock in keeper action to post here.
They were passed to Peter by a mysterious someone called ‘Richard’, dropped in to be scanned and were returned to Peter the same day! Thanks both!
Obviously taken in Winter as building staff are well wrapped up and there are no leaves on the trees.
The pages of the Children’s Guide to Newquay Zoo 1989 show which three families of large Monkeys – Diana, Green and Capuchin monkeys – were around in the early days of this rebuilt Monkey Walk enclosure. The black star shows which monkeys were considered rare in the mid 1980s.
In the 1990s this Monkey Walk housed a trio of rare African monkey families – Diana, Monkeys, Colobus Monkeys and Sooty Mangabeys.
Today 2018 these enclosures are occupied by two types of rare Capuchin Monkey (white Fronted and Yellow Breasted) and a group of Common Squirrel Monkeys.
I will add older 1969 pictures of the original Monkey Walk as they emerge from our Archive.
There you go, a little snippet of Newquay Zoo history – hopefully more of these small bundles of pictures should turn up from visitor and staff albums over the countdown to the Newquay Zoo 50th anniversary on May 26 2019.
Talking Heads Up
On Saturday July 7th and Wednesday July 11th 2018 we will be video recording the first of our talking heads interviews / short chats with past and present staff and visitors as we count down toward NZ50 in May 2019. Still a few spaces available.
If you would like to share your memories in this or any other way, contact Mark Norris or Rebecca Blake at Newquay Zoo. We would love to hear from you.
Phone number: 01637 873342 or in old money “Newquay 3342”
Blog post on 28th June 2018 by Mark Norris, using Newquay Zoo Archive material.