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If the closest thing you’ve had to a wild encounter is dodging brazen urban foxes on your street, perhaps it’s time to book tickets to the zoo. London is lucky to have some marvellous zoos in and around the city. From the world’s oldest scientific zoo ZSL London to the epic 600-acre animal park in Whipsnade – there’s plenty for nature-lovers to get their teeth into.
More than just menageries, these zoos aim to promote the conservation of the animals they work with, and many of them raise funds for projects which they say can help repopulate species in their natural habitats.
From pygmy hippos to Sumatran tigers, there are some beautiful creatures in and around London beyond the pigeons in Trafalgar Square. Whether you’re entertaining kids or looking to learn about nature, you should plan a trip to one of these zoos in and around London, and take a walk on the wild side.