As you look over the pages of this last Windsor Safari Park guide, you can't help but realise that the safari park had just SO MUCH to offer. Take a look at the Safari Road Trains, almost brand new. Super livery and great comfort for visitors now relieved of their cars.
On the front cover of the last guide ever printed >>
<< A £4 voucher is enclosed expiring March 1993!!
The Children's safari club was launched in the last years of the safari park's life. Part of the club was an exclusive wildlife information service provided by Terry Nutkins, a TV celebrity and a managing director of the park before Themes International took over.
What ever happened to Terry Nutkins you may ask, well this story was filed in July 2003:
Terry Nutkins is planning to make a Disney-style film of his life and is talking to interested parties about the project. The wildlife expert said he had written an outline for the movie which "could be as good as Free Willy."
He said the as yet untitled biopic was likely to end up on television, but insisted it could also work as a feature film.
"It would be great if it ended up in the cinema. We need more family films and this has got a bit of everything."
Nutkins, 51, who lives in Glenelg, west Scotland, said the film would mainly focus on his childhood experiences of growing up with author Gavin Maxwell - whose own life was chronicled in the film Ring Of Bright Water.
"It would be the story of a 10-year-old boy escaping London to go and live in the Scottish wilderness to care for otters with Gavin Maxwell. But it would also go through to my days on Animal Magic," he added.
The former Really Wild Show host said he hoped actor Dennis Waterman would play him in his later years in the film.
Nutkins revealed he planned to meet ITV director of programming Nigel Pickard in the next few weeks to discuss the project, but said he would also be approaching other parties about the film.
He also said he was going to film a pilot with David Bellamy for a new wildlife show next week. The couple will travel around Britain highlighting the plight of endangered wildlife.
Story filed: 09:40 Thursday 31st July 2003
Thanks Taximan, for that great update on Terry and if there's anymore .... LET ME HAVE IT!! :-)
The early pages of the guide shows this fabulous tiger and a brown bear in a super bear pool, the water looks great and the bear is enjoying "play time," with a branch or two (I think he's building a dam) then there's the new elephant observation platform, looking over the newly christened "Elephant Gardens."
Where would you go first? - If you had the choice?
Port Livingstone contained a wicked river ride and kids loved to "steer" the rapid river craft along the route
There were the 4 hydraulic crocodile rides, smashing fun for the kids and this new "river ride!"
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Well the boats were on a pre-set course but who cares? The kids thought they were steering and with a bit of play acting from staff and parents, navigating that hippo infested water world was nothing short of Indiana Jones action!
The Congo River comes to Windsor Safari Park, in the shape of
the African Queen Riverboat Ride.
Do you remember the period boarding station for that ride? Excellent efforts made there, to represent a Port style area from way back 200 years ago, the artefacts and buildings style were great great work alright.
And the ride itself was so much fun for the kids and a nice 20 minute relax for the parents :-)
Then the huge killimanjaro toboggan ride, wow what a great thrill for the kids. If there was nobody in front of you, you could sail down that descent at break neck speed, top top achievement!!
There have been many guides issued during the operation of Windsor Safari Park but how many guides contained pages on the Moroccan Village? The Moorish style bazaars? Who remembers them? Well they were built in the last years of the park and pretty impressive.
Egyptian entrance pillars, sphinxes and pyramids. Wow - anybody got photos of these? Because few have surfaced so far!!
CLICK HERE FOR TERROR TECH'S PBASE PHOTOS OF THE BEST AREAS, including the Sphinxes, Marrakesh Movie Taxi Service, the Lion water feature and the amazing hieroglyphic columns!!
This part of the park was the focus of attention for the safari park management in 1992 and it would be fascinating to know how the future development of this project would have panned out, but one thing is for certain .... it was the last thing on the drawing board when the news hit national TV (in 1992)
<< A young family stroll through the moorish style bazaars
Seaworld was always the most popular attraction
Followed by the Birds of Prey Arena, the top visitor attraction was always SEAWORLD.
I can just imagine the long patient hours and days training, that went into those routines. It must have been pretty satisfying to see the audience applause every day though. Then - some way off down the hill, the Birds of Prey. What a lovely nice big area to fly the birds and a great seating platform for the audience too. The staff were always keen to chat to visitors after the show and allow that extra close close introduction, yep a good afternoon's viewing there alright.
Ok, we have gone as far forward as it is possible to go, the 1990s mark the end of that legendary era, so let's return now to earlier happier days in Taximan's classic "SAM" fold out guide: PLEASE CONTINUE HERE
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