Brighton Zoo

A visit in the 1950s

By Nickie Preston

These photographs were taken on a visit to Withdean Zoo in the early 1950s I think.

Do you remember Withdean Zoo? Did you visit? What sort of animals do you remember seeing? If you can share your memories with us, please leave a comment below.

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Photo:Stroking the pigs

Stroking the pigs

From the private collection of Nickie Preston

Photo:Feeding the pigs

Feeding the pigs

From the private collection of Nickie Preston

Photo:Feeding time for the turkeys

Feeding time for the turkeys

From the private collection of Nickie Preston

Photo:Watching the ponies

Watching the ponies

From the private collection of Nickie Preston

This page was added on 02/08/2013.
Comments about this page

I remember being taken to Withdean Zoo with my parents. There was a very scruffy Bison in residence. My father was always amused by this, as he was Canadian and had seen better. It was a very poor specimen indeed. We lived in Springfield Road, so were in easy walking distance and this must have been back in the late 1940's.

By Pat Salmon (05/08/2013)

Yes, I visited the Zoo in the late 40's. I remember that there were a lot of monkeys. David.

By David Wickham (05/08/2013)

I remember the monkey house when the zoo was at Withdean. They were housed in the single storey building in the car park. This building is now regularly used for the Speed Awareness courses run by the Police for people who have driven over the speed limit and been caught.

By Pat Smith (18/11/2014)

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