Zoo Park

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View from the park towards the Central Business District

Zoo Park is a public park on Independence Avenue in downtown Windhoek, Namibia.[1] It is also a focal point of social life in the city [2] The current park is landscaped and features a pond, children's playground and open-air theatre.[3]

History[edit]

Pre-history[edit]

The remains of an elephant from between 5,000 and 20,000 years ago were uncovered in 1961, making the elephant kill there one of the earliest known such events in human history.[2]

Colonial[edit]

The area then known as Schutztruppe Memorial was designated by the German colonial authorities in what was then German South West Africa in 1897. It was created to honor the German soldiers who died in the war against Namaqua leader Hendrik Witbooi. The land was transferred to local control in 1911, when it was expanded. Cafe Zoo, which is still in operation, opened in 1916 after the coming of South African military control. From 1960 to 1963, the park was reshaped to accommodate the widening of modern Independence Avenue and Fidel Castro St. (then Kaiser Strasse and Peter Műeller Strasse). In 1967, the park was renamed in honor of Dr. Hendrik Verwoerd, the architect of Apartheid. In February 1989, with independence and majority rule just 13 months away, the park was renamed to its current title.[2]

Independence[edit]

In August 2006, a suggestion by the group Africawise Namibia suggested the park be renamed in honor of Pan-Africanist Marcus Garvey.[2]

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Coordinates: 22°34′03″S 15°05′07″E / 22.5674°S 15.0852°E / -22.5674; 15.0852