A Cape Town University of the Western Cape tagged image from photographer – DanieVDM as published on Flickr.
Lion’s Den, Disused Old Zoo, Groote Schuur Estate, Cape Town
Image by DanieVDM
On the slopes just above the land presently occupied by the University of Cape Town, a cage like structure was built in 1897 to house lions, opposite the tarred access road. In 1930 this structure was demolished and replaced by a new lion enclosure which was know as Groote Schuur Zoo. It has been vacant since 1975. It is believed that Rhodes had a fondness for the lion as ‘King of Beasts’ and symbolising the dreams and aspirations of the British Empire.
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