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Opening of the Tropical Realm

By Florence Bland

The Bland family have been involved in the zoo since its beginnings. We have all been life members for many years. At the opening of the new Tropical House my daughter, Christina, was in a pushchair and my son William, now 52 years, was very keen – the press photo of him was taken at the time.

The photographer actually put him on the back of the giant tortoise and took a photo. The security man objected and the photographer was made to remove him and place him behind the barrier. William at the time was very disappointed as he just loved all the animals.

My family have so many happy memories of our visits and we now take family and friends whenever possible. I remember Mr Mottershead with very fond memories.

I wish Chester Zoo all the very best for the future and shall continue to visit and support it as long as I can.

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