Story: Zoos and aquariums

Lion cage, around 1910

Lion cage, around 1910

Until the 1980s, most animals were kept in small, concrete enclosures. This cage at Wellington Zoo, which housed two lions, was typical of those in Wellington and Auckland zoos for much of the 20th century.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Sydney Charles Smith Collection (PA-Group-00242)
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How to cite this page:

Maggy Wassilieff, 'Zoos and aquariums - Modernising zoos', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 September 2023)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 24 Nov 2008