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  3. 1950
    A decade that brought hope and growth following on from the Second World War, as well as the Queen’s coronation and music legend Elvis Presley! The zoo began to expand – fast!
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  4. Family business…
  5. New aquarium bu…
  6. Owing to his early training in horticulture Mr Mottershead took a great interest in the gardens. In the 1950s the zoo gardens really began to take off - becoming a feature comple

    Zoo gardens blo…
  7. The day the lio…
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