May 23, 1909, was to be the biggest day in the short history of the Newell Park Zoo. Purchasing two polar bears, one male and one female, the plan was to introduce them to each other in public. Assuming it would be love at first site, and ignoring warnings from zoologists against it, the doors were opened that allowed them to be together. To the horror of the thousands of people in attendance, the bears then fought until one was dead. It was a bloody, horrible disaster! A taxidermist hired quickly to preserve the remains of the dead bear discovered the female was actually a male. They had put two males together.
By 1914, the Newell Park Zoo went out of business.
|The bears den as it looks today.|
|This is the flower ring as it looks today.|
|The zoo as it looked in its prime!|
|Kim and Will inside the bear den.|
|The Monkey cage.|
|The site of the monkey cage today.|