Oxford’s Wild Wolf Two

Traditional geocache
Map of 51.810767,-1.275517

Archived

After being repeatedly muggled throughout Summer 2018 in the most-aggressive way imaginable (the movement of a concrete block on top of the container to crush and bury it, twice!), this cache is now archived.

Description

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.

Graph of the wild wolf population of Oxfordshire
Wild wolves in Oxfordshire were driven to extinction in the 16th century, but made a tiny comeback for a few days in the 1930s.

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!

Finding this cache

The second wolf made its way to Hampton Poyle where it harassed the livestock at a farm before being chased back towards Kidlington. 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.

Please cross the nearby road carefully: use the crossing at N 51° 48.582′, W 001° 16.558′. If coming by car, the nearest available parking is at Sainsburys: N 51° 48.585′ W 001° 16.595′.

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