A nostalgic look back at Southport Zoo which housed 154 animals

Southport is home to the seaside, an iconic shopping street and an amusement park.

But many residents will remember a time when it also had its own zoo.

Southport Zoo was situated on the ground next to Southport Pleasureland – which is now unused and filled with trees.

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The six acre site once housed over 154 species of animals.

These included African lions, chimps, gibbons, parrots and reptiles and was a fun day out for many families over the years.

But the zoo was closed in 2004 when Sefton Council did not allow the renewal of the lease and the site was given over to Pleasureland.

All of the animals were rehomed to smaller zoos across the country, with the larger mammals going to Cumbria and other animals going to zoos in Wales.

The zoo was owned by Carol and Douglas Petrie at the time of closure.

In 2010, it was made into a paint ball attraction and relaunched as Battlefield Live Southport – however, this no longer operates.

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