Aquatels Zoo and Ecology Centre , Basildon … Essex

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This establishment was opened in 1973 … Unfortunately controversy hit this place before it even got to open … 4 families lives were destroyed when their homes and land were compulsorily purchased ( see report in image) to make way for the Zoo
The Zoo itself was on 14 acres and had in its collection Lions , Pumas , Leopards. a general selection of mammals , Birds , Fish and Reptiles … Very little has been written about the Zoo … other attractions on the site were a Golf Driving Range , A Ski Slope and a Fishing Lake …
Some reports i see state that the Zoo closed in the late 1970’s …. however “Festival Hall” a conference venue was built on the site of the Zoo and this did not open until 1982 ….. Festival Hall has in turn since been demolished (1996) and on the site is now Festival Leisure Park …
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