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Bristol Zoo Gardens Big Summer Send Off

Posted on
August 30, 2022

Today we were invited to Bristol Zoo Gardens to celebrate their Big Summer Send Off, before they close to the public on 3rd September 2022 after 186 incredible years.

The fifth oldest zoo in the world is celebrating its incredible history with a huge interactive centrepiece art installation of a Gorilla that stands tall on the main lawn.

Don’t sit too close though, as every half an hour or so, it plays music and starts to move, before spraying onlookers with a light sprinkle of water.

If you want to visit this historic zoo before it closes, it is recommended you book online in advance to avoid disappointment. It was extremely busy during our visit and although we arrived in Bristol in good time for our entry time of 10am, it was nearer 11am by the time we got parked and entered the zoo.

This city zoo is well laid out, with a good array of animals to see.

Some of the keepers were emotional as they gave their animal talks, which were all filled with fantastic information about the creatures.

The zoo has over 400 species of animals from across the globe, and their most famous residents have to be the seven western lowland gorillas that live on their own island in the centre of the zoo.

There are two new additions to the gorilla family since our last visit and I am pleased to report that they will all be moving to a fabulous central African forest area being developed at Wild Place Project, the new site for Bristol zoo on the outskirts of Bristol.

As well as the central African forests area, a conservation breeding centre will be built at Wild Place Project to house threatened species of reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, fish and birds.

Any animals not being moved to Wild Place Project, will be re-homed at zoo’s across the country.


As well as the animals, there is plenty to keep the kids occupied with a splash park area, play area, maze and for the more adventurous, a high ropes course.

Tickets to Bristol Zoo Gardens are £21.95 for adults and £15.95 for children, with under 2’s free.

Have you paid a final visit to Bristol Zoo Gardens?


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