Throughout Blackpool Zoo's 50 year history, elephant duo Kate and Crumples were among the most popular and much-loved residents
Throughout Blackpool Zoo's 50 year history, elephant duo Kate and Crumples were among the most popular and much-loved residents

Blackpool Zoo at 50: The defining moments which have shaped five decades of a resort treasure

Blackpool Zoo has so many reasons to celebrate 50 golden years.

By Claire Lark
Tuesday, 5th July 2022, 3:45 pm
Updated Wednesday, 6th July 2022, 1:54 pm

July 6 1972 was when, in the pouring rain, the zoo was officially opened – and what a half century it has been.

The zoo actually stands on the site of an airport and it was where the Royal Lancashire Show was held. It has evolved unimaginably since then and as the resort’s fabulous Zoo marks the occasion with a day of celebrations, we look back at it’s varied past and the key moments which have shaped the last 50 years.

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