Plans are being drawn up for a new attraction. Our new Zoo Museum will have three core displays. Its development is secondary to the animal collection and visitor facilities at the Park of course, and as we have to do all the work ourselves will be done at a time when we are not able to work outdoors.
1 - it will showcase model zoos and toy animals made in Germany, France, the UK, Denmark, East Germany and Czechoslovakia during the 20th Century. The animals and the models were often copied from the zoo buildings, enclosures and animal species of their time. They provide a fascinating insight into times gone by. The core collection is in secure storage and extends beyond 200 individual zoo buildings and several thousands of animals by a number of different manufacturers.
2 - in addition, the Museum will display information about the zoos which have opened and closed within our visitor catchment area. There is a surprising number, and details and knowledge of them is being rapidly forgotten. We have the offers of help from a number of different experts and specialists in this field.
3 - the third area will focus on exhibits and attractions of the past which are often unknown to modern generations, who know nothing of Chimps Tea Parties, Elephant Rides or Llama Carts; let alone human exhibits in Zoos, be they ethnic peoples in Germany or premature babies in America...