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Tiger cubs born at Paignton Zoo
Cubs come out to play at Paignton Zoo
News 1973 1 mins Silent
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Two small Bengal tiger cubs born at Paignton Zoo are captured on their first outing since being born. These cubs would have been bred for educational purposes and hybrids of actual Bengal tigers. In the late 70s and early 80s zoos turned their breeding programmes into important conservation work. These two cubs eventually found their way to another zoo and Paignton now has Sumatran tigers.
The Bengal tiger is the national animal of India and Bangladesh. There are 36 species of cat in the world and tigers are the largest with the Bengal being the most common. Tigers are classed as an endangered species with an estimated 2500 left in the wild. Two famously depicted Bengal tigers are Richard Parker from the film Life of Pi (2012) and Shere Khan from the Rudyard Kipling story The Jungle Book with film adaptations (1967 and 2016).
Animals on Film
Wisdom of the Wild
Documentary 1940 12 mins
Fun mixture of natural history and wartime public information.
To the Rescue
Children's 1952 21 mins Silent Location: Biddenden
An eccentric dog-loving grocer leads the chase to reclaim a stolen pedigree poodle in this madcap canine comedy
Billy Smart’s Circus
Amateur film 1950 2 mins Silent Location: Brighton
Brighton's crowds thrill to the sight of Billy Smart's Circus parading through their town in this film from the 1950s
Home for Ned
Amateur film 1970 8 mins Location: Newchapel
Enjoy this heartwarming film about neglected horses, ponies and donkeys being re-habilitated at 'Cherry Tree Farm' in leafy Surrey
Three Dogs in a Boat
Non-Fiction 1930 2 mins Silent Location: Sennen
Sink or swim as Rub and his chums are set adrift
A Journal of the Outdoors No. 11
1953 16 mins
Wildfowl and wallabies in the wild, exotic animals in the office
From Paignton to Dartmouth
Amateur film 1954 5 mins Silent Location: Paignton
An intimate family trip is captured in Devon's beautiful South Hams.
Holiday Season on the English Riviera
News 1970 3 mins Location: Paignton
How are resorts on the English Riviera gearing up for the latest tourist season?
Amateur film 1957 31 mins Silent Location: Paignton
The camera - perhaps wielded by an enthusiastic dad - was ever-present on this family holiday in 1950s Devon
Paignton Zoo Young
News 1976 1 mins Silent Location: Paignton
Baby Season at Paignton Zoo - meet the new arrivals
News 1962 1 mins Silent Location: Paignton
Land, Drop and Roll; Parachutists have landed on Paignton Green near the harbour
Sue Barker in the Ladies Tennis BP Cup
News 1977 5 mins Location: Paignton
It's a question of Sue: tennis player Sue Barker competes against an American opponent in the Ladies Indoor Tennis BP Cup.
Pall Mall and Hyde Park Corner
Non-Fiction 1901 1 mins Silent Location: London
Capital scenes thanks to Victorian filmmakers
Afternoon Tea in the Garden of Clarence House
Non-Fiction 1897 0 mins Silent
Members of Queen Victoria's extended family being natural for the cameras
Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee (Prince Edward)
1897 0 mins
Jubilee Procession: Leeds
Non-Fiction 1897 3 mins
Dogs in the Surf
Non-Fiction 1901 1 mins Silent
Victorian pooches at play
Royal Leinster Regiment Halifax
1900 1 mins Silent
A brisk drill on a cold winter's day
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