Zoological Gardens


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Education Beatrix Potter
Her teachers were a Scottish nurse (a believer in witches and fairies), governesses, and a visiting teacher of art, Miss Cameron . Beatrix sketched animals constantly, both at home and at the London Zoo ...
Education Christina Rossetti
CR was a feisty child, referred to by her father as an angelic little demon.
Marsh, Jan. Christina Rossetti: A Writer’s Life. Viking.
The children had various pets and liked to visit the Zoological Gardens . Until 1839, they made frequent visits...
Literary Setting Deborah Levy
The detached wryness of this book reminded Lauren Elkin of Djuna Barnes .
Elkin, Lauren, and Deborah Levy. “Introduction”. Beautiful Mutants and Swallowing Geography. Two Early Novels, Bloomsbury, p. vii - xiii.
The characters are rootless as well as detached.Lapinski, a Russian migrant living hand-to-mouth in the underbelly of London, tells the...
Literary Setting P. L. Travers
A climactic scene at the London Zoo (where Jane and Michael are transported by Mary Poppins on a night of full moon) presents the usual order of things magically transformed or reversed. The animals are...
Material Conditions of Writing Brigid Brophy
She wrote it while living within earshot of the lions roaring at night in London Zoo . It was reprinted in 1979.
British Books in Print. J. Whitaker and Sons.
Occupation Alice Dixon Le Plongeon
The photographs she and her husband took later in Yucatán show evidence of the skills she learned while working with her father. For example, to show the scale of the Mayan buildings they often included...
Textual Features Lucy Boston
The stranger is a captive gorilla (based on the London Zoo 's Guy the Gorilla, who was much followed by the media and was a national celebrity among children at the time) who is discovered...
Textual Production Elspeth Huxley
EH published a picture book called Suki, A Little Tiger, about the immensely popular tiger cub born at the London Zoo on 26 March 1963 who was bottle-reared after being rejected by her mother.
Nicholls, C. S. Elspeth Huxley. HarperCollins.


1826: The Zoological Society of London was founded...

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The Zoological Society of London was founded as a scientific body; it admitted women on the same terms as men.

April 1827: The Regent's Park Zoo, or Zoological Gardens,...

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April 1827

The Regent's Park Zoo , or Zoological Gardens, opened, with restricted access and greater emphasis on science than on spectacle.

Summer 1850: The phenomenally popular hippopotamus Obaysch,...

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Summer 1850

The phenomenally popular hippopotamus Obaysch, who became a national institution, arrived at Regent's Park Zoo .

1853: The first public aquarium was stocked at...

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The first public aquarium was stocked at the Royal Zoological Gardens , Regent's Park.

1865: The beloved African elephant Jumbo arrived...

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The beloved African elephant Jumbo arrived at Regent's Park Zoo .

Early 1882: The sale of the Regent's Park Zoo's elephant...

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Early 1882

The sale of the Regent's Park Zoo 's elephant Jumbo to P.T. Barnum's circus gave rise to a loud protest in the newspapers.

14 May 2013: The Zoological Society of London (better...

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14 May 2013

The Zoological Society of London (better known as the London Zoo ) launched a series of Writers Talks, in which a professuonal writer joined with a scientist and a zoo-keeper to talk about a particular...


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