The Garden Guide

Book: London and Its Environs, 1927
Chapter: 17 Marylebone, Regent's Park, Zoological Gardens

Zoological Gardens 5

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The old (or east) tunnel leads hence to the right to the MIDDLE GARDEN. On the right are the Kangaroo Sheds and Paddock, behind which are the Offices and Library. On the left, above the tunnel, is the Small Mammal House, with cages lighted from above, containing monkeys, squirrels, mongooses, etc. Here are the attractive little capuchin monkeys, spider monkeys, squirrel monkeys, a Japanese monkey, and a kinkajou ('Zuzu'). In the same building is the Caird Insect House, with vivaria and aquaria for moths and butterflies, stick and leaf insects, bird-eating spiders, beetles, snails, etc. Outside are the Coypu Pond, with the coypu, the 'giant rat' of travelling menageries, the Porcupine Cages, the Beaver Pond, and a refreshment bar. The Parrot House contains an unrivalled collection of macaws, cockatoos (note the Black Banksian cockatoo), amazons, parrakeets, and lories. Farther on is the Elephant House, housing elephants ('Indirami' and 'Lucky'), rhinoceroses, and tapirs. The elephants' bath (generally circa 5 p.m.) in the pond behind is amusing. On the right is the large Canal Bank Aviary, and on the left the Otter Pond. We pass the entrance to the new (west) tunnel and visit in succession the Hippopotamus House, the home of 'Diana,' 'Percy,' 'Joan,' and 'Bobbie,' the Giraffe House, with 'Maggie' and 'Maudie,' the Wild Ass House, and the Zebra House. We have now reached the extreme west end of the Middle Garden, whence we pass by the canal-bridge to the NORTH GARDEN. Here, turning to the right, we pass the Lemur Houses, containing lemurs, monkeys, hunting-dogs, cheetahs, gibbons, chimpanzees ('Daisy' and 'Jimmy'), etc. The Pheasantry shows beautiful specimens of Golden and Amherst's pheasants, the Silver pheasant (embroidered as a badge on the robes of mandarins), and the rare Fireback pheasant, etc. In the large central aviary are blue budgerigars from Australia. Beyond the Owl Aviary is the Small Rodent House, in which may be seen the Three-toed Echidna, or porcupine ant-eater from New Guinea, an egg-laying mammal of the lowest type, two great ant-eaters, and a number of fruit-bats, or flying foxes, phalangers, jerboas, jalogas, opossums, agoutis, and small monkeys. We next reach the Crane Paddocks and the North Entrance, where taxis are usually in waiting. To regain the Main Entrance we go on, past the Civet House, with badgers and coatis, cross the canal, and pass through the east tunnel. We then turn to the right, and walk past the Llama House, the Takin Yard, the Pavilion Pond, with king penguins, the Eastern Aviary, and the Pelican Enclosure . To the north of Regent's Park, separated from the Zoological Gardens by Albert Road, rises Primrose Hill, in the centre of a public park of 61 acres. The top of the hill (219 feet; view-indicator) commands a fine survey over London, from Harrow Church on the north-west to the Crystal Palace on the south-east. To the north of Primrose Hill we reach South Hampstead; to the west of it is St. John's Wood.