Almost as it was
The Cottage Aviary and Reptile Nursery are two of the few remaining original zoo buildings, and both feature in the first edition of the zoo guide book from 1930. The Cottage Aviary has always been an aviary, but the building next to it has had numerous inhabitants, from chimps, to parrots, to condors, to macaques. Most recently it housed Reptile Nursery, and it is still used today to provide an off-show breeding area for some of our endangered reptiles and amphibians. Aviaries extended from behind the Cottage Aviary to create a bird-filled walkway that led to the old Tropical House.