As a follow up to our previous article about war memorials in zoos and botanic gardens, Kate Oliver at ZSL London Zoo and other colleagues sent me recent photographs of the plaques and memorial itself on a suitably grey November day at London Zoo, Regent’s Park. The stories behind the names are outlined in our previous blog and research continues, using some material from the ZSL archives.
After last Sunday, the memorial will have some poppy wreaths at the base from the ZSL staff. It will also be featured on an interactive map at the excellent http://www.londonremembers.com website of London statues and memorials. Lest we forget…
In our next blog about life in the wartime zoo gardens, how to celebrate a wartime Christmas and how people made their own toys, a little different from the Victorian way we will be celebrating Christmas at Newquay Zoo this year www.newquayzoo.org.uk
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For more about the World War Zoo gardens project, read our previous posts or contact us via the comments page.
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