This zoo was, really, a pretty shabby place. It hit the headlines when some bears escaped, and were shot, and some of the conditions it which it kept animals were pretty awful. It closed in the mod 1980s, and was probably no great loss. And yet... this was one of the first zoos that I was able to visit regulalrly, as a child. Seeing a brush-tailed porcupine there - having read about such beasts in the books of Gerald Durrell - was massively exciting. Ditto the chance to hold a lion cub (just don't think too hard about what probably happened to those friendly lion cubs which were walked around the zoo...). I think they once had drills there, and they certainly had quite a decent collection for what was a poky little zoo in the corner of a park in one of England's less lovely seaside towns. I once worked with a bloke who claimed that he and the other local teenagers used to break into the zoo and, in the tunnels where there wre some really hideous tableaus of mining gnomes and such like, engage in sexual activity. Sadly, he's the only person I've ever met who had anything much to say about the zoo, and I don't think he was checking out the monkey housing on those long-ago nights (sadly). There is a passage in one of Clinton keeling's books about the zoo, but I wonder if any other people on the forum have any information about it or even any photographs.