In 1996 the first new Zoo Guide for several years was published, after several years of rebuilding parts of the original 1969-1993 Council run Newquay Zoo. The 1996 featured a Black Lemur on the front and was used for about 5 to 6 years.
In between the 1970s/ 80s guide books and the new 1996 Guide book with colour map , a series of maps were available.
These simple printed A4 guide maps are quite useful in looking how areas of the site have changed.
Our Zoo Archive store shed has had a bit of a leaky roof and damp problems recently, so now we are transferring these records and photos to our Education buildings where it will be easier to catalogue what we have.
For example the 1993/4 map lists Macaws where Tippy’s Café / Lazy Lions Grill is now located. Macaws were on this site in 1987/9. I remember this mostly as home to escapologist Banded Mongooses by 1995/6 before its rebuild in 1996 to Tippy’s seasonal cafe. https://newquayzoohistory.wordpress.com/2017/06/
In looking through boxes of photos handed over from Council run Newquay Zoo to Privately owned zoo (1993-2003), there is this blossomy picture of the temporary Scarlet Macaw enclosure. An aviary is listed on this area earlier in the 1980s but in 1969 it was listed as an otter pool, next to the sea lions (where the penguins now live).
Maps like this help to tally in with stray photos or slide transparencies and negatives in out collection. This is all part of working towards our 50th anniversary in May 2019.
More nuggets or snippets of Newquay Zoo history to look forward to each month throughout 2018 and 2019.
Happy Christmas from Newquay Zoo Archives!
Christmas past 2001 https://newquayzoohistory.wordpress.com/2016/12/
Blogposted by Mark Norris, Newquay Zoo.