Visitors and employees were in tears like bristol zoo shut its doors for in last time after 186 years.
results of people collected outside Entrance on Saturday to see last visitors walk out through the doors and say goodbye to Clifton’s favorite landmark.
A lot of also took Pictures with a new sign that has been placed on entrance gate and reads: “3 September 2022 Bristol Zoo, the world’s oldest provincial zoo, closed after 186 years. Thanks for memories.”
The crowd shouted three cheers for staff like them took a group A photo in front of plate.
Jade Money, 30, worked at the Bristol Zoo. for nine years, and the sales assistant was on maternity leave for in last yearcoming back for in last day.
She told pa news agency: “I cried all morning, we just should have received behind (table) and get on with day. I just goosebumps all the time. It’s so emotional.
“(I will miss) the roar of the lions every morning – when I came in morning for work they growled. I will miss this waking up us all up ready for our day.
“I never thought it was place would shut I thought I would retire here.”
Steve Jenkins, 64, alive in Wales but grew up up in Bristol and has fond memories of visiting the zoo as a child.
He told PA: “I was born and raised up in East End of in city as well as in in those days we didn’t have a car, so it was a walk to go almost anywhere in Bristol.
“There was a bus that came from behind house to outside zoo gate, and when I’m completely small and had an even smaller little brother, mom would bring us out for day.
“Of course with gardens too, it was a beautiful day out as well as for as a child, it was pretty magical.”
Mike Burghall, 39, IT consultant. who life in Bristol, was with his fiveyear-old daughter Florence.
He said, “Since Florence was born, we have been through a lot. We used to have membership but we don’t have that year. We had membership for most years, because Florence loves animals and me and my wife, so this good will we come in for day or just pop in if we went shopping.
Florence said that her favorite memory it is when family would have a picnic on grass.
She said, “This is my favorite zoo I’ve been to, and when I was little, I loved playing with hippos – peekaboo – and me also liked to see seals and penguins. I just very sad that this will happen shut down”.
Chapter of public engagement Simon Garrett, 56, who worked at the zoo for 32 years old and set up this is first email address, said “I’m not going to cry, but I lost it once or twice I’ll be perfectly honest this morning.
He added: “It’s really mixed emotions. It’s exciting, I like to see the zoo as it is, but then again it will reach 5:30, and then I will probably lose it.”
A zoo that has been on this site since 1836, making it the fifth oldest. in in world, customers were queuing at 7:45 for when the doors opened at 9 am.
It opened an hour early for in last three days due to the increase in the number of visitors.
The zoo had more than 90 million people visitors and will moving in 2024 new plot in the Wild Place project, near junction 17 of motorway M5.
The property in Clifton is 12 acres and new one is 136 acres.