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‘It’s a sad day’: Bristol zoo welcomes last visitors before closing

After 186 years, Bristol zoo will close, with some animals to be moved to out-of-town site and others to zoos abroad

For 186 years, visitors have flocked to Bristol Zoo Gardens and marvelled at the sights and sounds of the animals that have lived there, including Alfred the gorilla, Roger the rhino and Zebi the Asian elephant – the latter renowned for removing and eating straw hats in Victorian times.

On Saturday afternoon, the final guests will be ushered out of the 12-acre site in Clifton for the last time and the tricky process of closing down the world’s fifth oldest zoo will begin.

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