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Our zoo

Mottershead, June, 1926-2015
When George Mottershead moved to the village of Upton-by-Chester in 1930 to realise his dream of opening a zoo without bars, his four-year-old daughter June had no idea how extraordinary her life would become. Soon her best friend was a chimpanzee called Mary, lion cubs and parrots were vying for her attention in the kitchen, and finding a bear tucked up in bed was no more unusual than talking to a tapir about granny's lemon curd. Pelican, penguin or polar bear - for June, they were simply family. Now over 80 years since June first set foot in the echoing house, Chester Zoo has achieved worldwide renown. Here, in her enthralling memoir, June Mottershead chronicles the heartbreak, the humour, the trials and triumphs, above all the characters, both human and animal, who shaped her childhood.
Main title:
Our zoo / June Mottershead with Penelope Dening.
London : Headline, 2015.
274 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white) ; 20 cm
TV tie-in.Originally published: 2014.
9781472226365 (pbk)
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