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OPERED THIS AFTERNOON. CITY'S XEW ASSET. Deapite the threatening weather and frequent light showers, numerous people! to Western Springs this after- j noon to witness the official opening of , the new 200 by the Governor-General. Lord Jellieoe, who was accompanied l>y Lady Jellieoe and suite. In inviiinj? the Governor-General to perform tho opening ceremony, the. Mayor. Mr. J. H. Gunson, said: '"We are \ assembled to-day in connection with an ■ J undertaking of which six months ago we did not have any idea. The proposal' for a zoological park for Auckland has! been originated and developed to its, present initial stage .within the last six j month*'. We are greatly honoured to- ■ day by the presence of their Excellencies the Govemor-Cieneral and Lady Jellieoe. Hi» Excellency hae consented to open the, zoological grounds for tho citizens of Auckland. As his Excellency is the distinguished representative of the British I Crown, we wish to extend our respectful I tribute of loyalty and regard from the Council and the citizens of Auckland. The authority to establish this zoological park was obtained from the ratepayers in July last. The site was then selected and, 31 at-res of the City Council"* West-; crn .Springs Water Reserve has been set, aeide for the purpose, and when this area has been developed it will be possible to considerably extend it in accordance with future requirements. Tho animals in the collection were purchased from the Boyd collection at Onehunga. On the purchase of the animal", the preparation of the ground, etc.. £12,200 has been expended. The grounds ar the present time are in a very preparatory sUsje of development, but it will be the policy of the Council from time to time' to gradually add to the collection and to further improve the attractiveness of the grounds. 'Hie Council has already re-j eeived several valuable gifts towards the, collection, chief among which is an ele-J phant from Mr. John Court and this i* being brought out from India. It is proposed that a zoological society be formed, with a view to developing further interest in and assisting the further extension of the zoo. The Council 10/)ks upon this innovation as one of great educative value to the community, especially to the children, and furthermore it is a distinct asset to the city by way of the further attractive feature it will provide for visitors from other? parts of the Dominion and from abroad." The Governor-General njade the official declaration of opening, after a short and pleasing speech of characteristic sympathy and humour. The National Anthem was then sung and the people dispersed for an inspection of the animals and grounds. A tribute wae naid by all to the wonderful amount of work accom--1 pliehed in so short a time under the ; direction of Councillor Baildon. chairman of the works committee and Councilor Warnoek, chairman of the parks ■ committee.

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THE ZOO., Auckland Star, Volume LIII, Issue 298, 16 December 1922

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THE ZOO. Auckland Star, Volume LIII, Issue 298, 16 December 1922