London Zoo is one of Britain’s top attractions and is the world’s oldest scientific zoo founded over 180 years ago. It can be found in the heart of London, in Regent’s Park. it is run by the Zoological Society of London. Although located in London its expertise and scientific influence is spread throughout the world. Well worth visit on a short stay break away.
Quick browses of their blogs show some fascinating insights into their projects. For instance, Bat: Raising public awareness about the status of the Seychelles sheath-tailed bat, and reduce human interference at roost sites. Fireworks for Elephants: Project based in Thailand, where they have developed cameras traps to alert farmers and rangers when the Elephants leave forests at night time.
Although this zoo is located in the middle of the city it still has plenty of animals to see including lions, camels, giraffes, penguins, tigers, monkeys. In fact there are 750 different species of animals making it one of the largest collections of animals in the UK.
The zoo is divided up into many different areas which are great fun to explore and help make it one of London’s most popular tourist attractions.
Gorilla Kingdom enclosure is home to a colony of Western Lowland gorillas which live together with and black and white Columbus monkeys. Beautiful birds that share the Gorillas environment and there is also a monitor lizard and other animals from Africa.
As visitors walk through this area they are surrounded by beautiful free flying butterflies and moths from Africa, South-east Asia and Central and South America, seeking out plants on which to feed and rest. There is a holding room where visitors can see the pupae develop into butterflies and eventually emerge helping to learn more about their life cycles.
Lions and Tigers
London Zoo is home to a family of Asian lions and pair of tigers and visitors can get very close to the Zoo’s beautiful but endangered wild cats.
The Aquarium is also split into three areas and features many beautiful, exotic and weird fish and a stunning coral reef.
Opened in 2011 Penguin Beach is England’s biggest penguin pool. It has underwater windows to allow visitors watch the birds swimming.
There are several places where you can purchase food and drink and souvenirs can be purchased in the gift shop as you tour the London zoo.
How do I get there ?
Their address: ZSL London Zoo Regent’s Park London NW1 4RY Tel: 020 7722 3333 Fax: 020 7586 5743
By Underground (Tube) Walking distance of Camden Town and Regent’s Park stations.
By waterbus The London Waterbus Company runs a scheduled service along the Regent’s Canal between Camden Lock or Little Venice and ZSL London Zoo.
By car, they have extensive parking facilities, plus we’re outside of the congestion charge.
If you like you can use Regents Park as a holiday or short stay location. There is a choice of B&B, hotels and self-catering serviced apartments in the area. Self-catering accommodation can be relatively cheap and you can bring the whole family.