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A Day at the Zoo

Timeshift, Series 13 Episode 4 of 7

Using unique home movie footage, this is the story of how zoos captured the imagination of the British - from the first 'scientific zoological garden' in Regent's Park to Gerald Durrell's 'conservation ark', which became Jersey Zoo. It's a nostalgic tale of show-stopping animals - such as the original Jumbo the elephant and Bristol Zoo's Alfred the gorilla - as well as bold innovations like the make-believe mountains of London Zoo and Dudley's animal enclosures without bars. No wonder, despite modern concerns about keeping animals captive, a day at the zoo remains one of Britain's most popular family days out.

Release date:

1 hour

Last on

Wed 9 Nov 2016 02:00


Role Contributor
NarratorRichard Bacon
DirectorAndy Hall
ProducerAndy Hall
Series ProducerWilliam Naylor