Leaf collection as enrichment for the animals continues from our small wartime garden as well as making the place look untidy. The smell of smoke and burning from nearby garden bonfires doesn’t seem to disturb the zoo animsl too much. (Zoo staff are still trained like their wartime counterparts in basic fire training!) On a peaceful day at Newquay Zoo, whilst working in the garden, how strange it must have been to have been working in wartime zoos in the rubble and smoky aftermath of bombing raids.
Carel Weight the painter has a very atmospheric wartime painting of esacaped zebras galloping around Camden Town after a bombing raid at London Zoo, acessible through the Imperail War Museum website (see links and blogroll).
Today I had the enthusiastic company of secondary History Teachers from Cornwall and Devon at a teaching conference in Newquay, who were all much interested in our display tables of archive materails that we have acquired on wartime zoos, childhood and the modern sustainability angle on our Wartime Zoo ‘Dig For Victory’ Garden.