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This establishment was set up in the grounds of Great Fosters Mansion…. I cannot be sure of the exact date it was set up but there was mention of it as a “Walk Through Sanctuary” in 1971 … and in 1970 a Vervet Monkey called Tiddles escaped
By April 1972 the advert attached appeared and states that there are Woolly Monkeys , Malayan Otters and Free flying Macaws
Very little is written about the Zoo and I have even contacted the current Hotel Owners who know nothing about its past
February 1987 it was reported that the Owner of the Zoo was attacked and bitten by a Celebes Macaque
February 1995 a Civet Wild Cat escaped but was found in undergrowth near to its cage
August 1996 the Proprietor was reported to be Mr Dave Robertson and there was a 7 week old Male Puma called Tye taken on by the Zoo
Great Fosters Mansion was owned by the Sutcliffe family from 1931 to 2018 when it was purchased by a Hotel group and the same Hotel Group still own it today..
I lived quite close to the Zoo but never visited it but it was known for its Woolly Monkey Sanctuary it’s such a shame nothing seems documented that I can find anyway
1st Image Advert for the Zoo from 1972 and 2nd image Great Fosters Mansion from 1960
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