Some sad news of the closure of two sites.

Bristol Zoo Gardens announces its closure date - Bristol Zoological Society

Bristol Zoo Gardens is planning a series of special celebration events ahead of its closure to the public on September 3 2022.

They will include days when visitors will be able to share their memories of the Zoo and wander around our award-winning grounds.

Bristol Zoological Society Chief Executive Dr Justin Morris said: “Bristol Zoo Gardens is a special place for so many people and we want to give them a chance to come, to see our animals and the gardens and to talk about their memories.”

But this is not the end of the story for our famous 186-year-old site.

After we close to the public and, following planning permission, parts will be developed for much-needed housing and the gardens will open to the public free of charge for the first time in our history.

Our iconic Zoo entrance will become the Clifton Conservation Hub with a public cafe and exhibition space. It will also become the home of the Avon Gorge and Downs Wildlife Project.

Dr Morris said: “This is our legacy. Our way of guaranteeing that people throughout the Bristol area will still be able to enjoy the gardens for generations to come. They will remain an important destination for people to visit and enjoy.”

Students will also continue to attend lectures here at Bristol Zoo Gardens’ Conservation Education Centre until teaching moves to the new Bristol Zoo.

The 12-acre site is due to be sold with planning permission for sustainable homes set in beautiful gardens.

Money from the sale will help pay for the development of the new Bristol Zoo which will be built at the Society’s Wild Place Project and is due to open in 2024. The new Bristol Zoo will have conservation, education and sustainability at its heart.

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Posted On: 21/02/2022

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