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11-07-2011 : WAS BRISTOL ZOO THE INSPIRATION FOR CREATURE COMFORTS

The creator of Creature Comforts, Nick Park, has revealed he was inspired by Bristol Zoo and veteran TV zoo keeper Johnny Morris.

He said the way the former Animal Magic presenter did his voices for the animals was the start of it and that he had been inspired as a child by Animal Magic part of which was filmed at Bristol Zoo in the 1960s.

I did do a lot of research there and there was a polar bear pit which was all concrete and painted white to make the bears think they were in the Arctic.

The zoo was set up in 1836 and their records show its original investors included Isambard Kingdom Brunel and the chocolate manufacturer Joseph Fry.

If you want to visit Bristol Zoo book a Canal Boat Holiday from Hilperton Marina on the Kennet And Avon Canal.

Set in 12 acres of award winning gardens and with over 450 species a visit to Bristol Zoo is a place to experience up close the wonders of nature.

On a Canal Boat Holiday bring science to life At Bristol visit a live show in the Planetarium or create your own TV show.

Meet Wallace and Gromit and just like Nick Parks become an animator and watch as your designs are brought to life.

Moor close to Bristol Floating Harbour and take a tour of the SS Great Britain, the ship was built and launched in Bristol in 1843 by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and was the worlds first ocean going propeller driven iron ships.

Bristol is a shoppers dream and is renowned for its wide range of shopping areas, The Cabot Circus is the newest shopping experiences and features over 120 shops and 25 cafes and restaurants.

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The beautiful canals of England and Wales wind their way through a variety of interesting and distinctive locations offering you the chance to stop off and investigate further at a mooring of your choice or to simply continue cruising onto the next destination.
 
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