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Linton Zoological Gardens RIP Len Simmons (co-founder of Linton Zoo)

Discussion in 'United Kingdom' started by TeaLovingDave, 14 Dec 2014.

  1. TeaLovingDave

    TeaLovingDave Moderator Staff Member

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    Posted on the Linton Zoo FB page:

    The condolences thread can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=916950028315675&id=143911748952844
     
  2. Nanook

    Nanook Well-Known Member

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    Sad news indeed, Linton Zoo has long been a favourite place of mine.
    At least he will be remembered in the special memorial gardens to be established in his zoo, a nice idea.
     
  3. Panthera1981

    Panthera1981 Well-Known Member

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    One of the first zoos I remember visiting, still a little gem.

    Very sad indeed.
     
  4. zooman64

    zooman64 Well-Known Member

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    I worked at Linton Zoo in 1985. Very sorry to hear of Len's passing.
     
  5. bigcat speciali

    bigcat speciali Well-Known Member

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    Sorry to hear the passing of Len, condolences to those who knew him, to his family and staff. Many a time, spent chatting to Len, chatting about this animal and that as well as on how things were in the zoo world. Sad loss...
     
  6. Parrotsandrew

    Parrotsandrew Well-Known Member

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    RIP Mr Simmons. I have been to Linton only twice but I liked it.

    P.S. Of course it was what was known as "New Linton Zoo" for a while that Mr Simmons co-founded, as the orinal zoo was opened by Prue Hopkins and Mike Sheedy in 1969 and eventually purchased by the Simmons family. Clin Keeling wrote a book about its early days - "Little Acorns Grow".
     
  7. pipaluk

    pipaluk Well-Known Member

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    Was sad to see this thread.
    After London, Linton provides me with my earliest memories, right back to 1972 when I was 5. It became one of my local zoos when I moved to the area just before Len took it over.
    I visited frequently in the 70s & saw the place develop, my mother took me after school sometimes in spring/summer.
    I hope the zoo can grow more as a lasting tribute.
    Thanks Len, RIP