Johnny Morris (1916- 1999)

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Real name Ernest John Morris  … If ever any child in the UK growing up in the 60’s , 70’s and early 80’s wanted to aspire to a job it may well have been that of a ZooKeeper because of this man …. Johnny Morris had children enthralled with his antics as a Zoo Keeper … the Television Programme was called Animal Magic and was filmed largely at Bristol Zoo … Johnny put the words into the animals mouth and it was all innocent fun but quite captivating all the same .
An Animal Magic book (annual ) was also produced
Johnny opened many Small Zoos and Bird Gardens around the country … Animal Magic was on our TVs from 1962 to 1983 …. He was awarded an OBE in 1984 for services to Television … Mr Morris did do other television work but none are quite so famous or relevant to this group
For those of you that are not quite old enough to remember him I just need to point out he was not a real Zoo Keeper (except to us older generation I guess he was really … to us)
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