Sunday, May 20, 2012

Zoo History May 2012

New Chester Zoo Entrance

Old Chester Zoo Entrance

Dear All

Typing this before checking out Chester Zoo's new entrance - Diamond Quarter - as
opened by the Queen a couple of days ago. It will be interesting to see how
a public entrance area with full amenities adapts to the British culture.
The public can now visit the elephant house for free.

1) The British Library Web Archive

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We have granted permission for the library to
periodically archive our website content and would
encourage others to do likewise.

2) Ireland

A friend is about to tour the Irish collections and has already
listed the zoos at Dublin, Belfast and Fota; the aquariums 
in Galway, Bray, Dingle and Portaferry; the falconry in 
Ballymote and Burren; Kilkemy reptile zoo, 
Comber Wildfowl & Wetland Trust; and Tayto Park 
at Kilbrew. Any further suggestions ?

3) Goldfish

Ingvar Svanberg (Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies) asks: -

"I am writing a cultural history of the artificially bred varieties of
golden tench (Tinca tinca) and golden orfe (Leuciscus idus) kept for
ornamental reasons in ponds in 19th century and possibly earlier. 
I am interested in any sources and literature (cultural history, ichthyology,
 biology, garden history) from all over Europe and in any language.
I am also interested in early evidence of keeping goldfish (Carassius carassius)
in ponds and other situations in various European countries."

Regards, Paul M. The Bartlett Society. < >.

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