World War Zoo

Find out how World War Two affected the life of zoo keepers, their animals and visitors.

Visit the Zoo's own 'Dig for Victory' garden which acts as a living memorial to many men, women and children involved in the war effort. It reflects the gardens that sprung up in unlikely places all over the country during World War Two, including zoos.

Learn about air raid precautions, rationing, sustainable farming, history and green issues in workshops that use original objects and resource materials that are perfect to illustrate the trials and tribulations of World War Two.

Click here to listen to a podcast about the project. You can also keep up to date with the latest developments on our blog.

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What You Say

The CafĂ© Lemur's food is really good, and the staff are really helpful, nothing is too much trouble. The portion sizes are great too!. 
Harriet, Devon
A very pleasant day in one of the most friendly and intimate zoos I have visited. All staff showed a willingness to help and were very knowledgeable about the animals in
their care. 
Mike, Bristol
Great to see the developments since the Zoo opened and to learn about conservation form lovely friendly staff who are obviously very enthusiastic about everything the
Zoo does. 
Simon, Colchester