The Newquay Zoo history blog is published or posted by Mark Norris, who is based in the Education Department at Newquay Zoo.
Mark has worked at Newquay Zoo full time since 1996. He first worked with the management team there c. 1994/5 as it changed from council ownership (1969-1993) to private ownership under Mike Thomas and Roger Martin from 1993-2003. It now operates under charitable trust ownership as part of the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust since 2003.
Mark has been collecting Newquay Zoo archive material for the zoo since he arrived and has worked with or interviewed several overlapping generations of zoo staff and visitors from its opening day on Whit Monday May 26 1969.
The history blog is a way of celebrating Newquay Zoo, Newquay and its past, present and future as Newquay Zoo marks its 50th anniversary in 2019.