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Glasgow/Calderpark Zoo, closed and derelict
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2012 9:32 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

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  
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2012 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

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


DSC_0227 by john.mcknight, on Flickr


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2012 9:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Subzero...great to see the old place again, wonderful photo's
btw mine about 1983. I think it was a tiger cage too.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2012 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

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.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2012 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Pretty sad stuff mate......
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Great additions guys -- keep them coming  
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

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.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

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!!    
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2012 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

i visited that zoo once as a child
it was the most depressing place i've ever been in  
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

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
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