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London Zoo

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Sumatran Tiger in Tiger Territory
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Golden headed lion tamarin © ZSL
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Christmas at London Zoo © ZSL
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The Zoo, which opened to the public in 1847, covers 36 acres. It's home to more than 760 animal species, many of which are endangered – your entry fee contributes to ZSL London Zoo's conservation projects across the globe.

A new paradise pad for the pygmy hippos complete with heated pools and landscaped gardens has become the home of 17 year old Thug and his 19 year old girlfriend Nicky. They have joined the giraffes, zebras and hunting dogs in the zoo’s Into Africa exhibit. In 2013, the zoo opened Tiger Territory, a £3.6m Indonesian-inspired habitat designed to meet all the sensory needs of its inhabitants, including newest zoo arrivals Jae Jae and Melati, a pair of Sumatran tigers. It joined other recent highlights such as 'Gorilla Kingdom', where you can get surprisingly close to the zoo's colony of Western Lowland gorillas, and the penguin habitat, where you can enjoy feeding time for the colony of Macaroni and Humboldt penguins. 'Rainforest Life' recreates a tropical forest, in which are hiding Red Titi monkeys, marmosets, tamarins and sloths. It leads down to 'Night Life', filled with nocturnal creatures including scorpions and the slender loris (a tiny sad-eyed primate).

Across the site, regular events include 'animals in action' displays, feeding sessions, keeper talks and the glorious sight of birds in flight on the display lawn. There are also plenty of cafés and picnic spots, and the zoo offers educational and craft activities, as well as an ongoing programme of exhibitions exploring science and conservation.

See our guide to London Zoo

Venue name: London Zoo
Contact:
Address: Outer Circle
Regent's Park
London
NW1 4RY
Opening hours: Daily 10am-6pm (last admission 5pm)
Transport: Tube: Camden Town/Regent’s Park
Price: £24, £17.50 children, free under-threes

Average User Rating

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3 people listening

Lovely zoo, quite small but nice. My main gripe was the ridiculous wastage of photographs that they take of you on your way around the zoo. These are all printed and mounted... then displayed for sale at the Zoo exit. We even asked them not to print it as we didn't want it. This is such a huge waste and really unnecessary.

Joanne Hardy

I have been a visitor of London Zoo all my life. My first memories are of the gorgeous Guy the Gorilla. It is a wonderful day out for all ages. There are many opportunities to interact with the animals and wild life. The staff are very friendly and brilliant with the animals. There are several cafes and stalls to purchase food and drinks.

miha

We spent a great day in London Zoo. It is really amazing with a lot of animals. Especially nice is part with pinguins. Price is a little bit high but it worth :)

PS

I still love going here even though I am no longer a child!

steven evans

An excellent day out for the family ,very clean and staff helpful.Actually ran out of time to see everything so go early and try and work out the feeding times for the best action.

layla fletcher

From the moment you arrive you are spoilt for choice, I am obsessed with Penguins but I like to take my time and work my way around enjoying all what there is to see. I like going in the colder months when there are less people. The monkeys really interact with you when there is less of an audience. And the meet the Penguins experience is amazing, I love the fact that they waddle over to say hi when and if they feel like it. Great for all ages

Beki Lacy

I love London Zoo! I came here a little while back and I'm passionate about animals so love going to any kind of zoo. What I really love about London Zoo is seeing how good the staff there are, they all clearly love their jobs and really care for each and every animal in their zoo -to me, this is a very important part of a zoo and for animals in captivity. Slightly on the pricey side for a ticket but I don't mind paying when I know the money is going to a good cause, helping the animals.

Aline

I love the London Zoo. It is very well located right next to the Regents Park. Inside the zoo has a lot of green areas so you could go and have a picnic with your family and friends. They have a big range of animals from all over the world. My favorite part was the butterfly house. You can actually go inside and walk around a lot of butterflies flying all over the place. Amazing experience. Really nice and colorful birds, tigers, lions, gorilla, giraffe, camels, cute mearcats, and much more!!

Claire Cook

Yes this zoo is expensive but when you look into the big brown eyes of the male gorilla - well that is just priceless. The conservation work that this zoo contributes to animals all over the planet, makes this day well worthwhile and educational. My 5 year old daughter particularly enjoyed the butterfly's and the penguins. Great family day out.

Melly

Though rather expensive a wonderful place to spend an afternoon. Especially the aquarium, the reptile house and the new tiger territory are worth having a look at.

Filipa

London Zoo is a fun, cheerful place to spend your afternoon, specially if you bring children along! I went there with my little sister and we both had a blast!