Southport Past (OTS News) Southport Zoo 1967-2004

Southport Zoo was a 6-acre zoological garden in Southport, Merseyside.

World famous Southport Zoo finally closed it’s doors for the final time on Friday 23rd July 2004.

Owners Doug and Carol Petrie spent the last thirty five years building up a varied collection of animals all living in family groups were sad to be leaving the zoo.

The couple said goodbye to all past visitors and the people of Southport after thirty-five years in the resort.

Ten members of staff from the zoo unfortunately lost their jobs.

Carol and Doug Petrie moved to a new zoo and took the animals with them which is located outside Southport.

Doug Petrie said in an exclusive interview with Onthespot; ” I blame Sefton Council for the final closure of the zoo”. “We have had NO backing from the labour Councillors over the past twenty-five years”   “When Southport Council was in control of the Borough every thing was great, it’s only since we moved to Sefton that we have had trouble”.   Carol and Doug built up a varied collection of animals over the years, all living in family groups.

The breeding success of stock was very apparent when you walked around.

Carol and Doug were playing a very small part in the preservation of the ever decreasing wildlife of the world, by working with the International Species Information System (ISIS), the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA).

Within the Zoo, there was a schoolroom and a Natural history Museum, a picnic area, with a playground for smaller children, a Pets Corner Barn (for closer contact with furry friends) a Reptile House and Aquarium, Parrot House and Primate House, they even have a Hospital and Incubation room.

Southport Zoo 1967-2004

Doyle’s removals of Southport transported the contents etc to the new Zoo in 2004

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