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    The fifth oldest zoo in the world

Bristol Zoo

Bristol Zoo Gardens is the fifth oldest zoo in the world 


Bristol Zoo Gardens is the fifth oldest zoo in the world and first opened its doors to the public on Monday 11 July 1836. Since then it has helped save over 175 species from extinction, showed generations of school-aged children the value of nature for human society and has given more than 90 million visitors a great day out. 

A range of animal talks that run daily throughout the year, including the lions, gorillas, sharks, meerkats, crocodiles and penguins. You could also be a zookeeper for the day, work with the gardening team or meet and greet some of the animals.  

Zebi, the Zoo's famous elephant, was there from 1868 to 1909. She was quite a character, renowned for removing and eating straw hats!  In 1930 a young lowland gorilla arrived at the Zoo, Alfred. At the time there was only one other gorilla in a Zoo in Europe. Throughout the Second World War Alfred grew not only in size but also in popularity, still remaining one of the most popular animals in Bristol Zoo’s history.  In 1961 after 23 years at the Zoo, Rosie the elephant died, she had given over 80,000 rides a year to children. She was replaced by Wendy, an Asian elephant, and Christina, an African elephant. Christina sadly died in 1986 and Wendy, the last elephant at Bristol Zoo, lived here at the Zoo until 2002.

Bristol Zoological Society is a conservation and education charity, which runs and operates Bristol Zoo Gardens and the Wild Place Project. Through conservation science research they aim to save wildlife. They have helped re-introduce white-clawed crayfish into UK rivers to working with communities in the Philippines to save the Critically Endangered Negros bleeding heart dove.

Bristol zoo is easily accessible from Future Inn Bristol by bus or car.

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Wild Days Out - Family Break


Take the kids on a wild adventure with our Wild Days Out package in partnership with Bristol Zoo


  • 2 nights overnight stay for the whole family
  • Family pass ticket to Bristol Zoo
  • Dinner in Chophouse Restaurant
  • Full English buffet breakfast
  • Children stay and eat breakfast for free
  • Free parking at Cabot Circus


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