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Oxford's Wild Wolf One - OK0457
Following in the pawsteps of the first of three wolves to escape Oxford Zoo in 1937
Owner: Dan Q
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altitude Altitude: 68 m. ASL.
location Region: United Kingdom (UK) > Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire
type Cache type: Traditional
size Size: Small
status Status: Archived
time Time required: 0:05 h    wayTo Distance to travel: 0.10 km
hidden Date hidden: 26-05-2018
creation-date Date created: 26-05-2018
published-date Date published: 28-05-2018
last-mod Last modification: 24-09-2018
Found 1x Found
Not found 0x Not found
Note 0 notes
watchers 0 watchers
visits 4 visitors
votes 1 x rated
score Rated as: n/a
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description Description EN

This cache is also published at geo.danq.me/wolf1.

For a brief period during the 1930s, Kidlington was home to Oxford Zoo, a local attraction celebrated by an earlier geocache. Among the zoo’s exhibits in its later years were three Siberian wolves, which were housed in an enclosure at the far end of the site. In January 1937 the wolves escaped, briefly causing chaos in the village and the surrounding area.

 

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One of the three wolves, prior to its escape.

This cache is one of a series of three – one for each escaped wolf – following in the pawsteps of the escapees. While the research behind their escapes is genuine, some liberties have had to be taken with the locations in order to ensure that the caches could be appropriately-placed: don’t take the locations of the caches in this series as actual locations of 1937 wolf sightings – they’re meant to be representative, not exact!

The first wolf was found in a garden on the Oxford-Banbury Road, having jumped over the fence. You’re looking for a small container suitable for swaps and trackables on the smaller side: the laminated card within has more information on this escaped wolf.

Stealth is very-definitely required: GZ is overlooked by several houses and the nearby road attracts significant motor and foot traffic. Please take care to re-hide the cache in its spot at least as well as it was hidden when you found it, and check that it’s not exposed as you depart the GZ.

Limited on-street parking is available at N 51° 49.033′, W 001° 16.942′ and N 51° 49.082’m W 001° 16.867′; be sure to park in the marked bays and obey all posted parking restrictions. If you’re being driven by a non-geocacher, it’s also possible to find the cache and sign the log in less time than it takes for them to queue for and go through the nearby car wash, which presents an alternative, albeit unusual, option.

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