great read, do you have any details on the menagerie?
There doesn't seem to be much information on the menagerie, all I've been able to find so far is that the menagerie was not among the attraction in the Tower Grounds when they opened on 7th June 1897, this is confirmed by an advert for the Tower which appeared in The Era
on 17th April 1997 which includes the Menagerie in the list of attractions ‘in preparation’.
A report in the Liverpool Mercury
for April 1st 1899 states “A new attraction on the Fair Grounds will be a large menagerie, which arrived in the Mersey last night by steamer from Havra. The wild animals will be conveyed across the river from Liverpool landing stage during this forenoon by the Wallasey luggage boats, and will be on exhibition later in the day”.
Adverts for the tower, which appeared regularly the Mercury, included the "Grand Menagerie” until 17th May, when it changed to “Menagerie and Lion House – a magnificent collection of animals from all parts of the world”. The same edition of the Mercury reports “The menagerie has been increased by a fine group of six young leopards, whilst a handsome white bear and a grand Russian brown bear have found a new abode in two very fine cages on the fair ground”.
The regular adverts in the mercury changed again in June 1899 with the addition of a Monkey House.
The 1912 guide to the tower states “... at the rear of the [Scenic] railway one may inspect the open-air Zoological Pens, whilst further on is the Shooting Gallery and the Menagerie and Lion House. The menagerie contains a most interesting and varied collection from all parts of the world, including the celebrated Lion, ‘Pasha’, acknowledged to be one of the finest in captivity, and, in addition, the huge favourite elephant ‘Punch’.