Zoos have had a bit of bit rap in the media of late. However on a recent visit to London Zoo I realised how far this zoo had come since when I was a child.
Thoughtfully curated and with animal welfare obviously at the highest levels they have ever been, there is a strong emphasis throughout on educating visitors about conservation meaning that not only is it a chance to get up close and learn about so many of the world’s animals and their unique challenges (that you wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to do) but also to be inspired to adopt positive steps to support conservation and value the natural world for all its glory.
Off the back of our visit with 365 tickets, I wanted to share the top 10 best things to see and do at London Zoo – according to us!
Home to the Zoo’s two critically-endangered Sumatran tigers and their three cubs this is a fantastic opportunity to get up close to these awe-inspiring creatures in a re-created Indonesian habitat through the floor-to-ceiling glass windows.
In with the Monkeys
Probably one of the most interactive and fun parts of the zoo, an adventure among the ever-so cheeky squirrel monkeys in a recreated Bolivian rainforest in the centre of London complete with open skies and no boundaries between us the humans and they the monkeys!
A chance to get face to face with these breathtaking creatures led by an impressive male silverback – Kumbuka and a fantastic way of learning more about primates, including white-naped mangabeys and white colobus monkeys whilst they show off their gymnastic prowess!
Giraffes, zebras, warthogs, pygmy hippos and more – the show stopper of this African medley has to be the elegant giraffes…don’t miss the viewing platform to wow at these African-like surroundings from a giraffe’s viewpoint!
An amazing collection of reptiles and amphibians, including snakes, lizards, frogs and crocodiles! And of course….not to be missed…or messed with….the notorious Kimodo Dragon.
A magical immersive walk through a incredible range of butterflies and moths from around the world as they flitter around (and sometimes land on) you. So beautiful, we could have set up home here.
Land of the Lions
An amazing curated space taking you to the very heart of India’s vibrant Sasan Gir, (but in London, no less), this is a stunning recreation of India’s famous National park where you can get closer to the mighty King of the Jungle over three walkways for a truly immersive experience.
For flippery fun, check out Penguin Beach where you can wow at penguins as they zoom under water – make sure you stick around for feeding time which happens twice daily to catch the birds diving for their food.
Did you know that London Zoo has had an aquarium since 1853? I certainly didn’t – so it’s well worth a visit to this underwater land which has been involved in many different conservation projects and breeding programmes over the years and to lose yourself in the exotic, beautiful and sometimes rather bizarre fish it houses.
I know…you didn’t come all the way to London Zoo to see farm animals, however your children might beg to differ! Their children’s zoo gives the littles a chance to get in with the farm animals and pet them and quite honestly….this was probably the hardest part to drag my daughter away from!
Have you visited London zoo recently? What would be on your list of things to see? Do leave a comment below.
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*Disclaimer: I was given a free pair of tickets by 365 tickets to London Zoo for this post
All pictures credited to: ZSL London Zoo (c)ZSL