This free online talk will explore the remarkable story of Alfred the gorilla.
To a generation of war-time Bristolians, Alfred the gorilla (and Rosie the elephant) personified a visit to Bristol Zoo.
In a pre-television age seeing a gorilla up close was a breath-taking experience, his size, power and obvious personality never failed to impress. As an animal icon he pre-dated Guy the gorilla or Chi Chi the giant panda, of the 1960s and 70s.
Today his memory lives on along with his taxidermied form in Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. But what exactly was his story? What does his life and death tell us about society at the time? And what is his legacy today when the gorilla is so well known to us all but has never faced such an uncertain future as a species.
Speaker: Ray Barnett, Head of Collections and Archives for Bristol Museums
Having trained as a Natural History curator, Ray worked at several museums in the Midlands and East Anglia before joining Bristol Museums in 1989. Ray is Vice President of the British Entomological & Natural History Society and Chair of the Bristol Naturalists’ Society.
How to take part
This free, online talk will be held over Zoom. Please book your place below. Details of how to join the session will be in your registration email. Please check your spam folder if the email does not arrive. Bookings close at 11am on Thursday 30 July.
Although this talk is free, we would be grateful if you could consider making a donation.
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