Windsor Safari Park
Recognise this zebra marked Landrover?
Many Windsor Safari Park staff would motor around in these during the 1980s - 1990s.
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Windsor Safari Park was packed with shows like this, to amaze and interest visitors all the year round. Do you remember seeing these shows? The killer whale was the star of the show
These little angels wouldn't hurt a fly but their keepers stowed handy batons just in case
The Rainbow Brite kids centre was sheer heaven for kids and one big TOP DESTINATION for all 80s toddlers
It's full of WSFP days out with the kids! I don't know about you, but it seems to me that WSFP went all out, to provide facilities and fun for our kids! Too much!
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Terry Bobrowicz joined the site on 2nd July 2004 and straight away began streaming masses of photos and text for us to enjoy.
He is well qualified to tell us all about it - he was the head keeper/trainer at WSFP 1975 - 1982 and has tremendous experience with the dolphins and killer whales that we all loved too. Click the photo to zip straight to his first page in this site!
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John Child cartoons!
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A History of Windsor Safari Park
Phill Pritchard Posted date: February 02, 2012 In: Insights
During the 1970s and 80s, the site that is now LEGOLAND Windsor was home to Windsor Safari Park, the UK’s second Safari Park. In this article we will take a look back at the history of Windsor Safari Park, focusing on the many changes that occurred in its final years to try to create a small Theme Park at the park.
Windsor Safari Park was originally founded in 1969 by Billy Smart’s Circus, as a permanent home for the circus and its large collection of circus animals. The park was built on the grounds of St Leonards Mansion, a mansion house that was first constructed around 1760. From 1937 – 1940 the mansion was home to John F. Kennedy’s family, during a period when his father Joseph Kennedy was the US Ambassador to Great Britain. By 1970, when the park was officially opened to the public by Princess Margaret, it had become a drive- through Zoo/ Safari Park inspired by Longleat Safari Park which had opened in 1966. Longleat Safari Park was the UK’s first attempt at giving the public a chance to see exotic animals in a safari inspired setting; a concept that had been conceived by Jimmy Chipperfield, from the rival circus company, Chipperfield’s Circus.
Even though Windsor Safari Park proved itself to be a popular success, the Billy Smart family sold the park in 1977. The company was bought by a few different companies during its 23 years in operation, including Trident Television in 1977, and Southbrook & City Holdings in 1984. The last company to take over Windsor Safari Park was Themes International Plc in 1988, and it was during this ownership, that a small Theme Park area began to the site. To do this they installed many African themed rides, including the heavily themed “African Queen Riverboat Ride”, an animatronic children’s show “African Tiki Show” and new large themed areas including an Egyptian themed entrance called Port Livingstone. Port Livingstone contained many heavily themed areas including a large Moroccan courtyard with market streets, alongside replicas of the Pyramids and Sphinxes. During their ownership it is believed Themes International spent around £11 million on upgrades and creating these African themed areas. More photos of the highly themed areas can be found here.
With this move towards themed experiences, the Safari Park adopted new African inspired branding and the strapline “The African Adventure”, which can be seen on the 1990 guide book (in the gallery in the original article).
Windsor Safari Park