An aerial photo of Bristol Zoo Gardens taken from a drone

Historic Zoological buildings at Bristol Zoo Gardens will be protected for the future

A number of former animal buildings at Bristol Zoo Gardens have been awarded national listed status, protecting these significant buildings for the future.

A number of former animal buildings at Bristol Zoo Gardens have been awarded national listed status, protecting these significant buildings for the future.

The Zoo’s Monkey Temple and Eagle Aviary have been given Grade II listed protection, along with the former Bear Pit, which is currently the site of the Aquarium.

The addition of these buildings to the National List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest will protect and preserve them for the future. 

Historic England reviewed the buildings and landscape at Bristol Zoo Gardens, at Bristol Zoological Society’s request.

In addition, they reviewed the status of those buildings which are already listed, including the main entrance building, the Giraffe (now Gorilla) House building and south entrance gates, all of which have Grade II listed protection.

Francesca Fryer, Director of Transformation at Bristol Zoological Society, said: “We welcome the Secretary of State’s decisions which will ensure that these wonderful buildings will be protected for everyone to enjoy in the future, preserving the Society’s legacy at the site.”

Listing helps mark a building’s significance and celebrate its architectural and historic interest. It also brings protection, so that its special interest is managed and preserved. 

The Listing decision is made by the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport following a recommendation by Historic England.