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A letter from Attenborough to 'Smithy' at London Zoo

The Monkey House at London Zoo sees an influx of visitors as a result of an episode of 'Zoo Quest'.

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12th October 1956

Dear Smithy,

How very kind of you to write. It is very good to know that the programme was a
success. I am very conscious that much of its appeal, however, was due to the
magnificent way in which Charlie has settled down and for that the credit must
go to you and Mr. Wilson.

I an also extremely grateful to you for coming along to give us those little
bits of professional expert knowledge which you alone could supply.

I hope the sudden influx of Charlie's admirers into the Monkey House hasn't
caused any difficulty and that maybe Charlie himself will be down to join you
before very long. I will be dropping in to see you, if I may, as often as I can
to see how things are going on.

Once again, many thanks.

Yours sincerely,
(David Attenborough)
Talks Producer, Television Service

L.G.Smith Esq.,
Monkey House,
London Zoo,
Regents Park,
NW8


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Document Type | Audience Reaction Report

12 October 1956

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1956

Synopsis

David Attenborough writes to one of the keepers at the monkey house at London Zoo, which has seen a surge of visitors since Charlie the orangutan made an appearance on 'Zoo Quest'. It shows not only the celebrity status that Charlie acquired, but also the successful partnership between the television series and the zoo.

Did you know?

Charlie went on to father the first orangutan to be born at London Zoo, establishing its breeding colony.

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