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London Zoo early 60s

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London Zoo early 60s

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Postby redsturgeon » June 1st, 2019, 9:30 am

I remember a visit when I must have been perhaps 7 or 8 and at London Zoo they had a round raised pool with what I remember as hundred of snakes swimming around in it. I recall leaning over for a closer look and my father pulling me away as one of the little blighters jumped up out of the water at my face. It all seems a bit strange but was there ever such a thing at London Zoo?

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Re: London Zoo early 60s

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Postby PinkDalek » June 1st, 2019, 10:18 am

I've no recollection of such a thing.

The obvious suggestion is your memory is playing tricks with you and you might be mixing up what you saw in the Reptile House and the Penguin Pool (Grade I listed but no longer used by the penguins it appears).

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Re: London Zoo early 60s

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Postby redsturgeon » June 2nd, 2019, 12:18 pm

PinkDalek wrote:I've no recollection of such a thing.

The obvious suggestion is your memory is playing tricks with you and you might be mixing up what you saw in the Reptile House and the Penguin Pool (Grade I listed but no longer used by the penguins it appears).


No, definitely long thin things without beaks!

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Re: London Zoo early 60s

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Postby bungeejumper » June 2nd, 2019, 2:52 pm

I remember my visit to London zoo, back in 1964. I'm pretty sure about the date because there, among the gorillas and the giraffes and the orang utans, was a five piece rock band doing a photo shoot, which turned out, upon closer inspection, to be the Rolling Stones. :lol: Huddled together and trying to avoid getting mobbed by crowds of teenage girls. Not the kind of occasion one tends to forget!

I do remember the penguins swirling around a circular pool, as mentioned, but I'm struggling to think why they would have put hundreds of snakes into a pool? (Or eels, for that matter.) Possibly a hallucinatory surfeit of ice cream?

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Re: London Zoo early 60s

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Postby toofast2live » June 6th, 2019, 10:19 am

Used to go for elephant rides at Whipsnade in the early 60s.

You’d be on the front page of the Daily Wail now with “animal abuse” caption :D

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Re: London Zoo early 60s

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Postby cavebat » August 31st, 2019, 11:11 pm

redsturgeon wrote:I remember a visit when I must have been perhaps 7 or 8 and at London Zoo they had a round raised pool with what I remember as hundred of snakes swimming around in it. I recall leaning over for a closer look and my father pulling me away as one of the little blighters jumped up out of the water at my face. It all seems a bit strange but was there ever such a thing at London Zoo?

John


You could ask them - fairly sure they will have archived information; generalenquiries@zsl.org

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Re: London Zoo early 60s

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Postby redsturgeon » September 2nd, 2019, 8:31 pm

https://waicblog.wordpress.com/2019/04/ ... ther-zoos/

I did find this which is not quite as I remember it but sounds close.

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Re: London Zoo early 60s

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Postby AsleepInYorkshire » September 2nd, 2019, 10:48 pm

redsturgeon wrote:https://waicblog.wordpress.com/2019/04/04/the-outdoor-reptiliary-in-britain-1-london-and-other-zoos/

I did find this which is not quite as I remember it but sounds close.

John

May I completely and unashamedly interject please. On the subject of memory, and this has jack to do with London Zoo, I have been having some nostalgic recollections me sen, which through the magic of the big "G Maps" I've proven to be correct. Ain't memories great :)

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