Story: Zoos and aquariums

Hagley Park

Hagley Park

In the 1860s acclimatisation societies imported all manner of animals. Many had grounds where imported animals were kept in enclosures. The Canterbury Acclimatisation Society had its grounds in Hagley Park. It was not long before the public were referring to it as ‘the zoo’, and many mothers visited with their children to see the latest exotic animals.

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Zoos and aquariums - Early zoos', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/18428/hagley-park (accessed 11 August 2020)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 24 Nov 2008