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My children were scared of Bukhama the gorilla

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: May 11, 2014

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WHEN I spotted Bukhama, the gorilla of Dudley Zoo fame, in The Bugle (April 24 edition), I just had to write and tell you of my zoo memories of long ago starting off in the 1950s when I was a child.

The elephant rides were allowed then and I believe camel rides too. I still visit the zoo even though I am in my late 60s.

I remember one visit with my small children in what must have been the 1979/80 era.

The size of the giraffes terrified my son Paul, who was around three years old. He turned white and seemed to go rigid, he had never encountered an animal so tall.

I remember a visit to the gorilla house where Bukhama threw a wobbly, he ran at the glass. What a bang he gave it, the noise made my children and myself run out of the gorilla house.

My daughter Heidi was shaken, so after that I took them for an ice cream and to the fair at the zoo which they enjoyed.

I recall the wolf family, but I've not seen any wolves on my latest visits in 2010 and 2013.

Dorothy M. Emery,

8 Junction Street, Oldbury.

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