Belle Vue Zoo was both a spectator attraction and a
visitor experience and perhaps the
most continuous allure was the ride on the Jungle Express. Children could also
go for rides on the camels, llamas, goats and ponies with the camels pulling
upwards of 6 to 8 children in an ingenious contraption. Other visitor
attractions, in particular The Reptile House which opened in 1926, were not so
necessarily photogenic, but still an essential part of the collections.
All types of species
could be found at Belle Vue Zoo with elephants, baboons, and hippopotamus
alongside camels, deer and miniature ponies.
Object from Victorian era
Object from June 1943
Photo from 1946
Object from 1929
Programme from 1960's
Programme from 1848
Object from 1904-1924
Photo from June 1943
Painting from 1875 (circa)
Object from 1905-1910
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