London Zoo

Attractions, Zoos and aquariums Regent's Park
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Pygmy Hippo

Zone 1 is where the wild things are, at our world-leading zoo in the park

Since the Victorian times, the zoological gardens in Regent’s Park have amused and enlightened visitors of all ages, but in the past 15 years the Zoological Society London has changed the proposition here beyond recognition. Gradually the 36-acre park has been rebuilt to support conservation, ensure animal welfare and to make your animal encounter a more inspiring experience.

Forget constricted cages and hibernating animals hidden away, because a visit nowadays will take you special enclosures. The ring-tailed lemurs, for instance: watch them run along ropes in front of your eyes, or step into a spider enclosure with some of the creepiest crawlies on earth, and pass through the Land of the Lions to get closer than ever before to the world’s most feared predators.

In fact, the folk at London Zoo have made every effort to design the exhibits in a way that shows off the birds and the beasts at their best without disturbing their daily habits. From Penguin Beach and it’s mock South American coastline to an African-esque Gorilla Kingdom and London’s only living (indoor) rainforest where you’ll be met by sloths, monkeys, armadillos and more. Note that the animals aren’t shy, either, so you might get a much closer encounter than you bargained for.

The Tiger Territory, which opened only a few years ago to house two critically endangered Sumatran tigers, must have done a great job of making them feel at home because Jae Jae and Melati have had three cubs since they’ve been here.

This is as wild as wildlife gets without putting you at risk of being their next meal. Daily events include talks and feeding times, but there are also one-off events throughout the year, including ‘Sunset Safari’ openings on summer evenings.

VIDEO: The Gir Lion Lodge at London Zoo

By: Laura Lee Davies


Venue name: London Zoo
Address: Outer Circle
Regent's Park
Opening hours: For 2017: Apr 1-Sep 3 10am-6pm; Sep 4-Oct 20 10am-5.30pm; Oct 21-29 10am-5pm; Oct 30-Feb 19 10am-4pm. Last entry one hour before closing.
Transport: Tube: Camden Town/Regent’s Park
Price: Online from £24.30, £21.90 concs, £18 children, under-threes free.
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