Tower Menagerie in United Kingdom

Tower Menagerie
Typezoo
Founded1235
First elephant0
CountryUnited Kingdom
Websitehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tower_of_London

The Tower of Londons Menagerie was founded in 1235 when the Holy Roman Emperor gave Englands Henry III three leopards.

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Numerous orders issued in this and the succeeding reigns to the sheriffs of London and of the counties of Bedford and Buckingham to provide for the maintenance of the animals and their keepers are extant among the Records. In 1255 they were directed to build a house in the Tower for an elephant which had been presented to the king by Louis king of France; and a second writ occurs in which they were ordered to provide necessaries for him and his keepers.

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