Council seeking old photos of zoo

THE current zoo at Alexandra Park is a far cry from the original facilities that housed monkeys, kangaroos, an antelope, crocodile and even an ancient tortoise.

While memories of those early inhabitants of the zoo are crystal clear for many people, photographic evidence to support those memories appears to be rare.

Bundaberg Regional Council is looking for old images of the Zoo to assist in compiling a timeline history of the Alexandra Park Zoo pre 2000.

Council's Regulatory Services spokesman Cr Wayne Honor said it was unfortunate that there did not appear to be a lot of photographic or film evidence relating to the early years of the zoo structure and its inhabitants.

"I'm sure there are many residents who undertook regular weekend visits to what was commonly referred to as "the monkey park" for family outings.

Cr Honor said Alexandra Park Zoo was commenced in mid-1911 and one of its most famous residents was "Torty", a female tortoise from Madagascar purchased in 1964 and which died in 1984 at an estimated age of 137 years.

"If anyone has managed to capture snaps from those early days we would certainly be delighted to have copies.

"People prepared to donate appropriate images to Council can do so by copying them, providing a brief description as to the relevance of the picture, include a name and contact details and drop them into any council service centre in an envelope marked "Parks and Gardens - Alexandra Park Zoo early years".

Information can also be emailed to with a description of the images attached.


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