A list of 80 candidates was compiled following an appeal for suggestions from the public. This list was as varied as it was interesting and included the likes of Banksy, Massive Attack, Tony Robinson and the Wurzels. The public voted for their 20 favourites over the space of 30 days via Local Press, Radio and on the Zoo’s website. Over 2,000 voters took part and after a tightly fought contest, the 39 famous people, places and icons were inducted alongside 10 honorary inductees.
In December 2011 and January 2012 we asked our website visitors to vote for their top ten favourites from a shortlist of 41 names to be added to the Walk of Fame in 2012. The 10 new inductees voted in are: Bristol Rovers FC; Bristol City FC; Rosie & Wendy the elephants that used to live at Bristol Zoo; cricketer Marcus Trescothick; founder of CLIC Sargent, Bob Woodward; Darth Vader actor, David Prowse, Olympic ice skater, Robin Cousins; snooker-player, Judd Trump and Bristol Zoo’s summer art project, Wow! Gorillas.
Each year an honorary icon is also inducted, exempt from the public vote, and this year’s honorary icon is Sir George White, founder of the Bristol Aeroplane Company.
Bristol Zoo Gardens asked members of the public to nominate friends and families who have made an extra special effort or achievement within conservation or sustainability, to be added onto the Bristol Walk of Fame. In May 2013, 8 of these local conservation heroes were inducted into the Bristol Walk of Fame at Bristol Zoo, to see their name sitting alongside local icons such as Cary Grant, Stephen Merchant and Banksy.