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1978

George Mottershead passes away

By Chester Zoo

George Mottershead, the Zoo’s visionary founder, died peacefully at the age of 84. A memorial service was held at Chester Cathedral.

Tribute to Mr G. S. Mottershead in Chester Zoo News May 1978

“We very much regret to announce that George Mottershead OBE M.Sc., our Directory-Secretary, founder of Chester Zoo and a pioneer of zoos without bars, died at his home on Friday, 5th May, 1978…

Mr Mottershead was a great character and will be missed by all at the zoo and in zoos around the world. From 1961 – 1963 inclusive he was President of the International Union of Zoo Directors…

In his childhood he first became interested in mammals when he rescued lizards and snakes that emerged from boxes of exotic blooms delivered to his father, a Cheshire nurseryman. From then on he cherished a dream of creating a zoo. When his dream materialised it was to be a zoo without bars…

Mr Mottershead was dedicated to his work and his love and care for the creatures in his charge was well-known throughout the zoo world. The zoo will not be the same without him.”

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