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A Day at the Zoo

Episode 4 of 7

Documentary telling the story of how zoos captured the British public's imagination - from the first in Regent's Park to Gerald Durrell's conservation ark, which became Jersey Zoo.

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.

1 hour

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:52

    Led Zeppelin

    When The Levee Breaks


Role Contributor
Narrator Richard Bacon
Director Andy Hall
Producer Andy Hall
Series Producer William Naylor