Young and old united: Gorillas at Bristol Zoo (2014) | Photo: Charlie Marshall, license: CC BY 2.0

Bristol Zoo will close site in September after 186 years

Published on the 15.02.2022. | By: Tess de la Mare & Dominic Picksley

The fifth oldest zoo in the world is closing its site in Bristol after 186 years, only to reopen in Gloucestershire, almost 60 kilometres away.

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Note: A zoo that closes and reopens in another location? In early zoo history this was not uncommon – but after almost 200 years and the present time, such a relocation is quite exceptional. However, many zoological institutions, even long-established ones, have changed their location in the past. Yet this was much easier to do in the past because the facilities were less complex than they are nowadays.

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