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Baz
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1 of 46  Fri 22nd Jun 2012 9:31pm  
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I heard a story once that related to the very large Zulu at the old Coventry Zoo. Does anyone recall what ever happened to it. I can't remember if it was broken up or sold to a seaside resort. The Coventry Zoo closed around the mid 70's I believe, does anyone have any pics?
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Baz
Coventry
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2 of 46  Fri 22nd Jun 2012 9:41pm  
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Just found a posting about "The rise and fall of Coventry Zoo" on the internet. It would seem they had more than their fair share of problems over the time it was open. Very funny to read down the list of accidents reported. I seem to have answered my own thread!
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ajtb
coventry
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3 of 46  Fri 22nd Jun 2012 10:14pm  
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I remember the zoo and particularly the Zulu. A friend of mine bought a photograph of the Zulu into work. It was on its side, in a scrap yard. It looked intact. I will have to ask her to dig it out and I'll upload it. Thumbs up
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NormK
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4 of 46  Fri 22nd Jun 2012 10:26pm  
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Hi ajtb. The scrapyard you mention was Darkie Barnes yard at Baginton, I seem to remember a mention on this site of this subject, yet I cannot recall exactly where the Zulu ended up, someone on here will know what happened to it.
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TonyS
Coventry
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5 of 46  Sat 23rd Jun 2012 7:06am  
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There's a few more recent photos on the Telegraph web site here (including the one in your link Baz) Thumbs up
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mayjan
Green Lane,Coventry
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6 of 46  Sat 23rd Jun 2012 2:00pm  
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This is a photograph of myself and my 2 children at the entrance to the zoo.
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TonyS
Coventry
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7 of 46  Sat 23rd Jun 2012 3:01pm  
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Wow Mayjan, what a fantastic photo! I recall the zoo standing where the Coventry Racquet Centre (or whatever its current incarnation is called!) now stands, but do you remember how visitors got to the entrance?
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mayjan
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8 of 46  Sat 23rd Jun 2012 5:11pm  
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Do you know Tony I can't really remember much at all about the Zoo. Perhaps you will be able to enlighten me. Thumbs up
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TonyS
Coventry
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9 of 46  Sat 23rd Jun 2012 6:03pm  
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Sorry! I was hoping you would be able to tell me!! Roll eyes
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NormK
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10 of 46  Sat 23rd Jun 2012 7:55pm  
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Hi. I don't know much about the zoo itself but I remember when they were building it, they had a lot of demolition materials from us, slabs, timber, or anything that could be re-used in the construction of the place. Before the zoo the land was used as a learner driver course.
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TonyS
Coventry
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11 of 46  Sat 23rd Jun 2012 8:06pm  
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Thanks for that Norm, very interesting Thumbs up In fact, that would be the driving school featured in the link by Adrian in the first post of the Driving School, Whitley thread (click link)
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Foxcote
Warwick
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12 of 46  Sun 3rd Mar 2013 9:54am  
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Just found another good shot of the Zulu and it gives a better idea as to the layout. The Zulu Warrior
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NormK
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13 of 46  Mon 25th Mar 2013 5:50pm  
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It appears this is all that is left of the Zulu.
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JohnnieWalker
14 of 46  Tue 26th Mar 2013 7:30am  
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gangan
Stockton, Southam
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15 of 46  Tue 26th Mar 2013 8:04am  
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I remember the chorus of "I zigga zumba zumba zumba, I zigga zumba zumba yay", sung with gusto and several pints by Caludon Castle OBRFC. Happy days.
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