- Visit the world’s oldest scientific zoo. Dating back to 1828, it’s now host to over 750 species and you’ll find over 17,000 animals to admire and ogle.
- Visit Gorilla Kingdom and see Kumbuka and his family of silverback gorillas at close quarters. They have their own island, gym and African rainforest (seriously!).
- The zoo has always appointed leading architects to design its buildings, and strolling through its grounds you’ll come across ten listed buildings considered of special architectural or historic interest.
London Zoo is perhaps the most storied zoo in the whole world. Built by Victorian gentlemen with names like Sir Stamford Raffles and Decimus Burton, it’s been an important part of London life for almost 200 years. Today you’ll be able to take in over 750 species of animals while walking through its historic buildings and grounds. Lions won't wait in line, and with your Tiqets ticket, you won't either!
The London Zoo has undergone a transformation in the past few years. From the Victorian-era 'animal park' origins, it's now a conservation-minded institution that puts you into the heart of the untamed action.
You’ll find animals with all sorts of personalities here – the western lowland gorillas, led by the male silverback Kumbuka, are particularly charismatic and noble. The komodo dragon is a bit more ferocious seeming - though you’ll be protected by 20 meters of dragon-proof glass.
There’s a real variety here as well: tigers, bats, meerkats, penguins and armadillos (as well as the aforementioned gorillas and komodo dragons), to name but a few.
The zoo regularly changes exhibits throughout the year, and is particularly innovative in how it houses its animals. The gorillas live in their very own African rainforest, while the sun-loving lemurs have a habitat designed for maximum sunlight. This features a walk-through path for visitors, so that you see them at their best.
The zoo is so dedicated to its mission to educate that they even have an In With The Spiders exhibit (which strives to persuade you that arachnids are adorable). If the thought of spending time with spiders on purpose sounds ridiculous, visit the two Pygmy Hippos. Everyone agrees that Thug and Nicky are delightful.
FEEL-GOOD FACTOR: The gorilla colony was blessed with a new addition in 2014, a baby girl named Alika (which means beautiful). She joins the other two females in the group, and the family continues to thrive.
Outer Circle Regent's Park London, NW1 4RY
- Show the ticket on your smartphone at the entrance
- If you have a skip the line ticket go to the fast track desk
- Metro: ZSL London Zoo is within walking distance of Camden Town and Regent's Park stations
- Bus: 274 bus route to Ormonde Terrace or take the C2 bus route to Gloucester Gate
But there were some animals I was liked to see, but there were'nt.
But what was there, it was amazing.