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Stuball

Glasgow/Calderpark Zoo, closed and derelict

Well, the developers havent touched it yet.... just the neds and mother nature (and a used tyre dumper). Flickr set here
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Main entrance gatehouse


Bear enclosure (closed before the zoo was)


Avery


Monkey enclosure (not 100% but most likely)


Snack Bar


Plenty more on the flickr set with descriptions of what they may have been.
Believe it or not, but the zoo's webpage is still online! States clearly that its closed now and the site is for information only. http://www.glasgowzoo.co.uk/articles/
Alex Glass

Great photos Stu      

Looking forward to looking at the Flickr photos.
cybers

Yup it was a good wee wander as the weather was nice and clear with the added bonus of actually getting to put faces to names.

Actually thinking it would be great for photos just at sunset but then the local vampires would no doubt start to surface.

The Gatehouse


The Gate



Parrot House


Snack Bar


The Avery


Perhaps so the Monkey could have a shave ?
James

Great pics guys. Such a shame to see the zoo like that. I was there as a sprog
but cant clearly remember any details.




James H
ex-tobester

Few of my own here now



Thought all the animals were moved out years ago?


Beats the Young Team Tags
ex-tobester

New For 1994?

dickyhart

I took a walk over last year

heres my pics for those interested

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dickyhart/sets/72157600308554281/
cheesylion

Any plans for another trip out here any time soon? I missed the last one and I really wanna go but I'm too much of a shitebag to go myself.
Stuball

I suppose we could go again sometime
cheesylion

Nice one!
cheesylion

Nice one!
iiisecondcreep

My boyfriend and I went to Glasgow Zoo at the weekend (12/10/2008). My camera battery ran out half way round so we will be returning soon armed with tripods and fully charged batteries.

If anyone has any information on the zoo, such as pictures of it when it was still open, or even better a leaflet or map from the zoo showing the layout I would really, really love to see them.
I did visit as a child but there doesn't seem to be any pictures.

I knew from searching online that the place would be in a bad state of disrepair, but for some reason i really didn't expect it to be as bad as it actually is.
I know that for many years before its closure it was renowned for the animals being kept in innapropriate conditions and not being looked after as well as possible due to severe financial difficulties, but I couldn't help feeling deeply saddened by what I saw.


The Tiger enclosure.


An animal transporting box


One of the few walkways not covered in burned tyres
Some, such as those going to the Polar Bear enclosure, are barely visible and difficult to find.


Not sure what this housed, maybe chimps?
It is joined to the 'enclosure/walled off area' in the foreground and also to one about 3 times the size to the right of the building.
This picture was taken in another area that was once an enclosure, but as with most of the Zoo all thats left is a small half demolished wall surrounding it.


Same building, different angle


Inside the building in one of the animal holds, maybe it was some sort of deer or antelope. That looks like a hay manger on the wall.


Still in the same building, rusty chair frame in the corner


Reptile house?


Inside


Monkey house







Where's all the birds?


The last picture before my battery died, the sign on the gate says "Please close the gate".
Alex Glass

More great photos iiisecondcreep.

Like you I remember making visits to the zoo but sadly don't have any photos.

There must be some sort of leaflet out there and i am sure someone will be able to track one down
iiisecondcreep

I am on a mission to find such a leaflet!

Someone on another forum kindly linked me to this
(I seem to be one of the few people not really aware of this site!)
http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.glasgowzoo.co.uk
on the very earliest archive of the site there is a link to a map of the zoo but unfortunately the map itself has not been archived!
The link itself is a tiny little gif map, but its too small to enlarge (I tried).
Stuball

The glasgowzoo.co.uk website was still active last time I checked... I see its now a parked domain. Pity because it still have information about the place
Fjord

I've not been there since 1988 and it looks more like a zoo now than it did then.
I have an enduring image of a half crazed polar bear in it's enclosure wearing a traffic cone on it's head... I kid you not!

Tragically it died of dementia a year or so later.
cybers

Fjord wrote:
I've not been there since 1988 and it looks more like a zoo now than it did then.
I have an enduring image of a half crazed polar bear in it's enclosure wearing a traffic cone on it's head... I kid you not!

Tragically it died of dementia a year or so later.


With a traffic cone on its head you say .... Was it a Wellington Bear... Paddington was the brown one remember  
Fast Eddie

A couple of my own from the Zoo.

Had an unsuccessful trip back there last weekend. mainly due to wee sh*te's letting off fireworks and scaring us timid souls.






Please call again...
fastnet

went there the other day.......and was quite saddened with the way it was.

and it was all a bit deliverance walking around it.......
iiisecondcreep

Some old signs we found before the neds appeared.
Wish I'd remember to turn them face down again before we left.



















A rams horn


Some leaflets




Apparently this place has been closed to the public since '96 or '97
iiisecondcreep

Whambamthankumam wrote:
Forget the present for a minute and travel back to the recent past and catch a glimpse of the zoo before its Armageddon.



If you have more pictures taken at the same time I would really love to see them.

Where abouts is the Ice House located?
cybers

Yer spoil us with some more if you have them WBTYM
Its nice to see it complete as i have only the cloudiest of memories of going here.
Whambamthankumam

iiisecondcreep wrote:

If you have more pictures taken at the same time I would really love to see them.
Where abouts is the Ice House located?


I'll put another few on, as for the ice house location , sorry thats a secret and thats the reason it was still hidden in the summer.
iiisecondcreep

Heres hoping it remains that way then! Its nice to think that part of it remains untouched.

Looking forward to seeing the rest of your pics!
dorothyP

Calderpark zoo elephants

Can anyone help me track down either of the following:

1. Where the zoo computer records might be now, or how to access them.

2. Information on (a) the zoo's elephants (circa 1950's) and their fates, and (b) the water well.

Any help appreciated.

D. :)
cazius

getting there

is it easy to get into slash is there a best way to get into it?
Doorstop

Shouldn't that be "is it easy to get into slash is there a best way to get into it question mark" ?

cybers

Doorstop wrote:
Shouldn't that be "is it easy to get into slash is there a best way to get into it question mark" ?



Aye but he is set in stone or should that be Clay  

In response to the question Cazius ...
Just go up to the main gate ... go through the turnstile and your in...
If it's still there
LowLight

For the last couple of weeks I've been trying to remember this who done this tune http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9v7iowj-LB0

Thanks Cazius.

Aye just walk straight in at Premier Inn. Google Map
Beano

Fjord wrote:
I've not been there since 1988 and it looks more like a zoo now than it did then.
I have an enduring image of a half crazed polar bear in it's enclosure wearing a traffic cone on it's head... I kid you not!

Tragically it died of dementia a year or so later.
I can confirm that seen it a few times,the bear was chained on one leg to the ground and could only swing side to side (animal cruelty) have a few photos from 70s 80s of the zoo It was called Calderpark zoo then.
cazius

Yes I couldn't quite work out the sentance order but since it was still vaguely understandable I went with it. Thank you for the directions and also glad my name could be of assistance. Memory blocks, nargh.
Stuball

Recently, I made a return visit to the former Glasgow Zoo. It's even more destroyed now with fewer buildings standing and greater fire damage to those remaining. It's interesting see the difference in my own photography compared to the visit it 2008.











The rest of the revisit set is viewable HERE
Robert Pool

The good old days before it closed.













cybers

Why do i get the feeling Robert that this was just a teaser  
Do you have one of the fabled visitor pamphlets ?

Great set  
Robert Pool

Not yet
Joe the Tug

Calderpark Zoo

The  place looks so sad now. Worked there in the early 70's. Loads of fun times, fond memories and funny stories.
Stuball

Re: Calderpark Zoo

Joe the Tug wrote:
The  place looks so sad now. Worked there in the early 70's. Loads of fun times, fond memories and funny stories.


Hi Joe and welcome to UG. If you've got the time, I'm sure we'd love to hear a couple of those stories and memories :)
Joe the Tug

Thank you Stuball. Your 2nd photo down was the Cat House.
Kevin_Mc

Glasgow Zoo

anyone been a "wee visit" there since it shut down in 2003? Did a quick search on here but couldn't see anything. Remember going to this as a wean, hadn't been for years then it shut down in 2003 (IIRC).

anyone did an explore on it or know if there's anything of it left that's worth exploring?
cybers

Here ya go !

http://urbanglasgow.co.uk/about515.html&highlight=calderpark
Kevin_Mc

cheers for linking me to this cybers, i should have thought on searching Calderpark too.

anyone up for a visit to here in the next few weeks? Would quite like to find the ice house if it's still standing.

Come to think of it, i think there might be photos of me and my sister visiting the zoo when i was very young, maybe round about 1995 or so (i'd have been 6 or 7!)
magnificent

Calderpark Zoo

hello i worked here in 1959...and 1961.....need to look at pictures...other than the ones in my head.......what ever happened to margaret lumsden from Bonkle..!!
magnificent

calderpark Zoo

if anyone needs information on the once great Calderpark zoo. i will be posting loads of information in a weeks time............anthing urgent...


Moderator Edit

email address removed for obvious security reasons

Stuball

On the 30th of January, this thread had some sort of viewing spike... my flickr stats clocked up over 2,000 views of the images that day!
Hawick_1987

Stuball wrote:
On the 30th of January, this thread had some sort of viewing spike... my flickr stats clocked up over 2,000 views of the images that day!


My brother and I were planning a wee trip to the zoo on that day and I was researching what remained. 20 views explained, now as for the other 1,980???  
Stuball

The rest has been cleared I've heard... not worth the visit now
Hawick_1987

Stuball wrote:
The rest has been cleared I've heard... not worth the visit now


Ach! I also read another thread that says Ruchill Hospital has 24 hour security...
...I'm going to have to think a lot harder for new sites!  
iiisecondcreep

Stuball wrote:
The rest has been cleared I've heard... not worth the visit now


That is very sad :(
Hawick_1987

A wee trip to the ex-zoo for me tomorrow  
fastnet

Hawick_1987 wrote:
A wee trip to the ex-zoo for me tomorrow  


Please let us know if there any buildings still there mate..
Hawick_1987

My trip to the zoo (26/02/2012);

Entrance gates - burnt out, but still standing


Hawick_1987

Old information pillar


Path down to the Aviaries


Not too sure what enclosures these were?


Hawick_1987

The Aviaries




Hawick_1987

I'm intrigued by this structure. It looked like a lopped-off bridge of some sort...

Hawick_1987




Hawick_1987

The remains of the coloured graffiti building in Stuball's pics...



Across the water from the golf course lies this area



Hawick_1987



North Calder River





Hawick_1987

Ignore my previous note about Avaries -- this is the Aviaries!



This area is probably the best preserved - any ideas to what it was?


Hawick_1987

The same sink from Stuball's pics




Hawick_1987

Parrot's at Play Enclosure



Hawick_1987

Viewing platform for the Calder Valley - blocked now by trees and bushes!


Hawick_1987

Great enclosure this one - some features remain



Hawick_1987

The overgrown woodland pathways shrouded in damp dreich weather made for an enchanting visit!  



Hawick_1987

Steps to the upper concourse



Some signs are still up, but the weather has taken its toll


Some attempt at retaining use of the grounds has been made in the past
Hawick_1987

Some wildlife still in the area...



If you look closely beyond the trees, you can see the lesser spotted mobile phone mast  
Hawick_1987

I wish I'd had an older map of the area, from when the zoo was open. I could not tell you what half of the derelict, fire damaged buildings were, whilst there were scant few signs of what the grounds used to be like.

I did however meet a lovely couple out walking their dog. The guy told me about Lennox Castle and asked me about urbexing hotspots.


Any information is more than welcome folks!  
Stuball

Looks like they have demolished all the buildings now. The fence over the entrance is new too
Subzero

I hope the ice house is intact though not for long as Red Square has approved the building of 68 high council tax band villas at Calderpark.

Evening Times 7 Mar

The same council who refused the zoo planning permission to build some houses that would have kept it afloat financially in 2002 are happy to allow the same now. Scumbags.
Hawick_1987

Double standards are par for the course in politics, but the council is not run by the same people as it was 10 years ago. Partially to blame - yes, wholly to blame - no.
Subzero

I beg to differ. Red Square sees that area of green belt (excluding the zoo site for the moment) as a big zone of high council tax revenue - nothing else. Half of the comrades wouldn't even know where it is.
Hawick_1987

Subzero wrote:
I beg to differ. Red Square sees that area of green belt (excluding the zoo site for the moment) as a big zone of high council tax revenue - nothing else. Half of the comrades wouldn't even know where it is.


True to the extent that the council has essentially bypassed strategic planning protocols in order to privately finance the building of new community pitches, a bridge over the railway and leisure facilities. However, to tar all 79 councillors with the same brush is a tad harsh. Glad you enjoyed the photos though  
Subzero

I didn't enjoy them at all Hawick as it numbs me to see a place I cherished decay so badly. That said I enjoyed your effort in going there and taking them.
My last visit to the zoo was in 2003 a few weeks after it closed but with some of the staff still there in the process of running it down. The last keeper (an old school friend, now a senior SSPCA officer) gave me a 'non-public' tour. Enjoyable but sad it was.

Keep clicking.



Hawick_1987

Definitely a sad state of affairs mate. It would be great to see a similar place set up in Glasgow or its surrounds.
Beano

Subzero..while I would never doubt the commitment of the staff, Calderpark zoo was a total shithole. The place ran on a shoestring budget starved of any investment. I well recall that poor polar bear, one leg chained to the ground and  swaying from side to side.
Hawick_1987

I don't agree with zoos in principle Beano, but if I hadn't visited it when I was younger I wouldn't have the appreciation for animal welfare or the knowledge of animals I have today. Edinburgh Zoo tends to provide for the animals although my last visit there in 2008 had my thoughts torn between protecting species and exploitation.
Beano









Hawick not very good pic's.
Hawick_1987

The wee yins seemed to be enjoying themselves!  

That last pic explains what was at the bottom of the hill next to the river. Could never remember - quality of the time spent there over the quality of the photos mate  
Subzero

Beano wrote:
Subzero..while I would never doubt the commitment of the staff, Calderpark zoo was a total shithole. The place ran on a shoestring budget starved of any investment. I well recall that poor polar bear, one leg chained to the ground and  swaying from side to side.


You are absolutely right about that and I have to admit that now my opinion was clouded by emotion. Nowadays I am quite anti-animal confinement which I take to include zoos and so-called safari parks. The arrival of two pandas in Edinburgh leaves me cold.
I have to say though that I never remember seeing the polar bear chained up. I remember when it arrived at Calderpark and we thought it fantastic, looking back though even without a chain it was gross cruelty.

Calderpark is a great place and I hope that development (after an expensive clean-up) will be sympathetic and retain its natural characteristics.  

Great photos, 1980s ?
Subzero

Hawick_1987 wrote:
I'm intrigued by this structure. It looked like a lopped-off bridge of some sort...



This is the western abutment of the viaduct that took the Shettleston to Bothwell railway over the North Calder. Calderpark Zoo had its own 'Halt' for a few years in the 1950s.
Subzero

The cafeteria, 25 November 2003 - the zoo closed a month before.

Subzero

This shows that the fence in Hawick's recent photo is an anti-vandal thing.



What can you say about this? Memory suggests it was the tiger's cage but it could have been the original Lion's cage before the big open air enclosure at the rear was built in the sixties. Originally the part to the right was exactly the same as the part to the left, i.e. open cage with bars.



The wee fence was to stop the weans losing a hand  
fastnet

Great stuff guys........I took these in 2008.


DSC_0227 by john.mcknight, on Flickr


DSC_0237 by john.mcknight, on Flickr


DSC_0249 by john.mcknight, on Flickr


DSC_0245 by john.mcknight, on Flickr


DSC_0238 by john.mcknight, on Flickr


DSC_0243 by john.mcknight, on Flickr


DSC_0241 by john.mcknight, on Flickr
Beano

Subzero...great to see the old place again, wonderful photo's    
btw mine about 1983. I think it was a tiger cage too.
Fastnet..just seen yer post crackers      
Subzero

fastnet wrote:
Great stuff guys........I took these in 2008.









The nissen hut in 2003 with roof intact. I remember the inside being stinking, it was used to store straw and feed stuff.
fastnet

Pretty sad stuff mate......
Hawick_1987

Great additions guys -- keep them coming  
Celyn

Beano wrote:
Subzero..while I would never doubt the commitment of the staff, Calderpark zoo was a total shithole. The place ran on a shoestring budget starved of any investment. I well recall that poor polar bear, one leg chained to the ground and  swaying from side to side.


Oh hell yes!  I last visited the place in maybe 1984 or so and I definitely recall being sad and annoyed about the polar bear.  No chain that I remember, no, but it seemed to have a pool far too small for it really and there were drink tins and crisp packets floating in it and the scene just was entirely miserable.  Mind, I seem to recall a black bear (?) enclosure where some good effort had been made to provide a good environment climbing trees to get food - that sort of thing, with some thought put into it.  Also there was a chimp enclosure (sponsored by the Jane Goodall people possibly) that seemed OK.

Poor bloody polar bear though.   To be fair, next zoo visit I recall was a few years later, this time to London Zoo.  OK, fine, look a panda.  Beyond that, I really didn't think much of that place.  Cannot now recall which animals in particular I thought were shoved into stupid small enclosures, but oddly I do remember thinking that there were ways in which Calderpark was better. .  Well, in some ways, not, of course, for the poor sad Arctic bear.

Wandering off the Glasgow topic, sorry, last zoo I saw was Marwell, which I did rather like - the emphasis on conservation and on endangered species kind of eased the guilt of visiting a zoo, sort of thing - and I was generally thrilled and gobsmacked and impressed and all that to see the Przewalski horses.


(Hmm.  Spellchecker doesn't like those Mongolian horses and thinks perhaps they ought to be "sealskin" horses.  Holy sh!t.  I knew spellcheckers were a bit mad, but really?)    Sealskin horses is just very very wrong.           

It is sort of weird and wonderful to see all these photos, so thanks to the intrepid explorers who took them.            How sad, the ghostly remnants of a dead zoo.   Dead as a Monty Python parrot.
Hawick_1987

Aye Celyn this zoo is no more. It has ceased to be. It's expired and gone to meet its maker! It's a stiff! Bereft of life, it rests in peace...
... it's shuffled off this mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin' choir invisibile!! THIS IS AN EX-ZOO!!    
dmk

i visited that zoo once as a child
it was the most depressing place i've ever been in  
Creamola foam

I must have obviously been there at some point in my childhood (like most of the west of Scotland) But I sadly have no recollection of it. We went on many school trips to various zoos over the years however nothing has jogged my memory about Calderpark
iiisecondcreep

iiisecondcreep wrote:
I am on a mission to find such a leaflet!

Someone on another forum kindly linked me to this
(I seem to be one of the few people not really aware of this site!)
http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.glasgowzoo.co.uk
on the very earliest archive of the site there is a link to a map of the zoo but unfortunately the map itself has not been archived!
The link itself is a tiny little gif map, but its too small to enlarge (I tried).


Over 6.5yrs later and I have finally succeeded in my mission!!

A few days ago I struck gold! my grandpa is currently in hospital so we've been going round to clean his house up ...I've always been a messy pup, apparently hoarding runs in the family lol. But then if it wasn't for his hoardy ways I wouldn't have found this little gem! I was SO EXCITED to find this Anyway, enough with the words!!











fastnet

Brilliant..... Glad you found that.

And I hope your grandpa is ok.
skintobalinto

Some Cine film from the early 70's of me, Mum and Sister at the Zoo - The Zoo is from 5:14 onwards


Link
iiisecondcreep

Evening times have done a very short article on the zoo, though the 'what it looks like now' photos don't look very recent to me

http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/lif...o__Here_s_what_it_looks_like_now/
Stuball

Aye, those pictures are ancient from SkinUrbex
horza

I was under the impression there was pretty much nothing left apart from a few piles of bricks.
cybers

Last time I was up there around a year ago there was a new housing estate on the site and where the gatehouse used to be was a lovely new road with foundations getting poured. Not really had much cause to be up that way for ages.
Hawick_1987

I went up about a year back and saw heeth-haweth.
cybers

Bloody hell I had reason to be up there this morning.
The new Calderpark Road

Stuball

I was up that way this evening and grabbed this quick shot.... not much left at all


Glasgow Zoo by Stuart McKinnon, on Flickr

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