Opened in 1836 by the Bristol, Clifton and West of England Zoological Society, Bristol Zoo is the world's oldest provincial zoo.
Among species now on view at Bristol which are rare or absent in UK zoos are aye aye (of which they have bred two so far, with a juvenile on show), Livingstone's Fruit Bat, and a successful breeding group of Western Lowland Gorillas.
In addition there are okapi, which Bristol was one of the first zoos in the world to breed, Asiatic lions, pygmy hippos, and red pandas. These are among the 300 mammals in its collection, representing 50 species (from a total of over 4,300 mammal species on earth).
A reptile house, insect house, butterfly house and aquarium are among the many things this zoo has to offer.
Bristol Zoo Gardens
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