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Bostock & Wombwell's Menagerie, 56K
Bostock & Wombwell's Menagerie

Menageries were popular in the 18th and 19th centuries, and often set up their shows in local parks. Bostock and Wombwell’s Menagerie was very well known. It traveled the length and breadth of the country giving many people their first glimpse of living, wild animals such as lions, elephants, giraffes, snakes and exotic birds.

Answer the questions below by clicking on a box:

What is a menagerie?
a circus
a film set with animals and actors
a collection of wild animals kept for exhibition
a veterinary hospital


In the 18th and 19th centuries, the public thought a menagerie was:

entertainment and educational
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