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Mar 13, 2006

Time Capsule and Zoo Birthday Celebrations 2004

Time Capsule and Zoo Birthday celebrations 2004 from SWEP Newquay Zoo 
This uses an unusual event to focus interest on the changing role of zoos by looking at our past, its present role and make predictions about zoos in the future

To involve different sections of the zoo, community and Penguin Club in marking a milestone in the zoo history and recent changes,
To celebrate the change in ownership and positive plans for the future, becoming part of the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust. 

Burial of a “Time capsule” of items about the zoo’s past, present and future in a public ceremony on the zoo’s 35th Birthday weekend (Whitsun weekend, 1969),
Penguin Club (our 8 to 12 year old section) helped bury the box, enclosing imaginative predictions about how zoos in 2069 (see 3.2),
Display cabinet of items to be placed in the Time Capsule, along with memorabilia display by zoo volunteer,
Photographic displays about the changing zoo, match the staff to the baby photograph competition, future development plans and display about the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust. 

• The event and future plans received favourable press coverage in local papers and zoo press. The event proved popular with the local and Bank Holiday public, many of whom signed a large zoo birthday card subsequently buried along with press coverage about the time capsule. All sections of the zoo were involved and represented in the event and time capsule contents.
• Discussion generated amongst staff, visitors and young members of the zoo about the future role of the zoo, future plans and environmental concerns.
• Discussion with the Penguin Club about how the zoo has changed and animal welfare issues by looking at old photographs of the zoo being built and looking at surviving enclosures (e.g. the Old Lion House).
• Greater appreciation of the zoo’s history and heritage, leading to establishing a more comprehensive archive of zoo material.
• Environmental discussion have led to plans in 2005 for permanent ‘landfill’ and recycling display in the old ‘Bugs Tunnel’ and display about the zoo’s sustainability and environmental policy, along with information for visitors.
• A difficult event to evaluate in full as for its long term effect, only time itself will tell –“Your legacy should be that it was better than when you got it.” Lee Iacocca.

Developed by:  SWEP Newquay Zoo


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