Philip Knowling the Press Officer at Paignton Zoo, our sister zoo, sent me this link for the fabulous archives at British Pathe (lots more zoo clips on the newsreels section) http://www.britishpathe.com/
Newsreel of female keepers at Primley Zoological Gardens (as Paignton was then known) in 1941.
The ‘ladies of the zoo’ are wearing a Chessington style uniform, so possibly staff employed after the temporary Paignton / Chessington merger in wartime
Female keepers and Land Girls were increasingly recruited into what had been mostly a male only profession as the younger male keepers were called up.
Lots more stories like this at our World War Zoo gardens event at Newquay Zoo 1 to 3 May 2010 Newquay Zoo www.newquayzoo.org.uk
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