However, George persevered and finally opened his zoo in 1931 and in 1934 The North of England Zoological Society was born. After the second world war, the zoo grew very quickly and now it takes up 125 acres of land. One of the zoo’s slogans back then was, ‘Always building.’ George’s amazing energy, enthusiasm and skill earned him an OBE, and honorary Master of Science degree, and a term as President of the International Union of Zoo Directors.
All this, because one little boy over 100 years ago cared so much about animals.
Some interesting websites to see more about the Chester Zoo:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2593529/Images-life-growing-daughter-owner-Britains-biggest-zoo.html (This one has photos of George's little girl June playing with some of the zoo animals.)
And so we end Round 20 of the original ABC Wednesday, created by Mrs. Denise Nesbitt, administered by Mr. Roger Green, assisted by "moi" and a team of zany helpers who zoomed around each week making sure everyone had comments. We now turn the ship over to Melody and her new team of assistants and wish her the very best in continuing the tradition.
Be sure to check out the new ABC Wednesday here!