Walk on the wild side
Visitors in the early days of the zoo would have been viewing graceful wading birds and waterfowl as they strolled along the pathway where Tropical Trails now stands. From the 1970s until the early 1990s this area also housed our tigers and lions in large sloping paddocks. The star residents, lions Danny and Elsa, both featured in the 1967 film ‘Born Free’ and moved to Paignton Zoo when filming finished. Arid Lands was a row of pheasantries and aviaries housing native wildlife.