Zoo, London

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    London Zoo

    by sparkieplug24 Written Dec 17, 2013
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    This is a fanatastic place to visit in the middle of London. The zoo has various species of animals for monkey and gorillas to fish and penguins. There are various interactive exhibit and talks through out the day. We spent a full day here and it was great fun.

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    London Zoo

    by Maria81 Written Aug 11, 2011

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    A ringtail lemur at the London Zoo

    Where?

    In Regent's Park, NW1. Closest stops are Camden Town and Regent's Park

    What?

    One of the oldest zoos in the world, established in the early 19th century, London Zoo is one of the top tourist attractions, especially for those with kids in tow, as well as a leading conservation charity. Among popular features for visitors are feeding times, talks, and animal shows. Our favourite was 'Animals in Action' (11.45am start) at the Amphitheatre, featuring, among others, some black and white ruffed lemurs.

    The Zoo also runs special events such as animal photography workshops.

    Practicalities

    You can book tickets on the website (www.zsl.org/london-zoo), especially if you're visiting in peak tourist days (holidays or weekends). Tickets are ca. GBP20 for an adult, and ca. GBP16 for a child. Prices vary slightly (by about 1GBP) depending on the season

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    Do the Zoo

    by tvor Written May 28, 2011

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    The London Zoo is another of the most expensive attractions in the city. At 20 pounds per adult during peak times, summer, weekends etc, it's a dent in the pocket book but somehow you don't mind as much since you know the money goes for the upkeep on the animals. There are senior rates and family rates as well.

    We went on a sunny May saturday. The zoo was busy and many of the animals sleeping in the shade! That was a bit of a disappointment but we did see a fair number of them up and about as well. You takes your chances but earlier and later in the day are probably better times to go than mid day.

    There are lots of outside enclosures but also many are behind glass and chain link fences that make taking photos a bit difficult but that can't be helped. The zoo covers a lot of ground so prepare to have lots of sit downs, either on benches or in a cafe. One thing we were disappointed in was that there were no elephants but they do have a few big cats and they have my other favourite, giraffes.

    We had a chuckle at the otters and could have watched the little meerkats for hours. The old penguin enclosure was closed and a new one was about to open but was not yet so we didn't get to see those funny little birds. It should be open soon, though.

    There is an expensive car park across the road from the entrance and down a little way though probably the best way to get there is by bus. The 274 stops outside the north edge, across the road by the canal and the C2 bus goes up Albany Street on the east side. C2 travels across from Victoria up into Camden. The stop at the top of Albany Street is still about a 10 or 15 minute walk to the entrance around the top of the park on the "Outer Circle".

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    A great day out!

    by clueless83 Written Apr 16, 2010

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    When I saw the amount of people queuing to get into the zoo I wasn't very hopeful, but once you've bought your tickets and are actually into the zoo you will have a good time.

    There is a large variety of animals to see and I got some fantastic photos (some animals were very photogenic!) Take a look at my pictures to see.

    I often end up dragging my boyfriend around to see the cuddly wuddlies but I think he really enjoyed himself too. See the website for more details (its alot more informative than I can be).

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  • London Zoo, don't gto

    by kerrywitsend Written Aug 26, 2008

    Hi, Just come back from London (25th August)had a great weekend but i would give the zoo a miss! Our family (2 adults, 2 kids) paid £55 (luckily we had tesco Clubcard vouchers for £50. If I'd have paid cash I would be spitting feathers.The aquarium is dirty and rundown, there were no 'big' animals i.e elephants, giraffes etc. The only things we enjoyed were Bugs Life and the open monkey enclosure.Food and drink are very expensive. Not worth the walk or the money. Our local zoo (Twycross)has much better access to the animals and easier to get around.

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    Where have all the elephants gone ?

    by sourbugger Written Mar 12, 2008

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    There are zoos and there are zoos, and London certainly claims to be one of the world’s oldest. Interestingly, the original London zoo would have been located in the grounds of the tower of London. I guess this would more correctly be called a ‘menagerie’ and Joe public certainly could not gawp at the exotic species on display.

    The modern zoo occupies a site in Regent’s park. This site has never been the best as it consists of a triangle of land and two small pieces of land separated by a Regent’s park road and the Canal.

    In more recent years Zoos have had to dramatically update their enclosures to fit with more modern idea about how captive animals should be treated. For this reason the elephants have all gone to London zoo’s country residence at Whipsnade in Bedfordshire and the penguins have been turfed out of their iconic 1930’s pool to a new pond.

    As the building work continues various enclosures have come on-line, such as the new gorilla enclosure. This still means that the collection of animals is all a bit of mish-mash with little proper themeing of animals into similar types or geographical origin. Many others also comment on websites that there is something of an air of shoddiness about the whole place. I would reluctantly have to agree, as I have seen much better Zoos in such places as Washington, Budapest Dublin and San Diego. Charging admission to anyone over 3 also meant it was poor value for money as well.

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    Wild animals in the city...

    by cheezecake_deli Written Feb 20, 2008

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    Birds of a feather...

    London's zoo is located at the northern border of Regent's Park, and is run by the Zoological Society of London, a 180-year old charity. Not particularly famous at international level, it makes for a good day out for children. Highlights are the gorillas and Komodo dragons.

    Open daily from 1000 to 1630 or 1730. Tickets cost GBP13 for adults and GBP10 for children over 3 (2008 prices).

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    London Zoo

    by Beckhanne Written Feb 9, 2008

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    The ZLS (Zoological Society of London) opened in April 1828 is the world's oldest zoo. Originally used as a collection for scientific study, it was opened to the public 20 years later. The zoo houses today some 650 or so species of animals and participates in breeding programmes for 130 species. Working as a charity, it entirely depends on fellowships, memberships and entrance fees. It is also possible to adopt an animal to help support the work of the ZSL (donations between £20 and £500 or more).
    You may find the entry fees (adult, £13/children over 3, £10-prices until March 10) expensive but you have to keep in mind that its one of the few ways to keep to zoo open and continue its conservation and breeding programmes.
    We very much enjoyed our day at the zoo. We particularly enjoyed the Clore Rainforest Lookout, the Aquarium, the Gorilla Kingdom and the BUGS section. The children's zoo was also quite funny. Amongst my favorite "things to do" in London.

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    London Zoo

    by gordonilla Updated Dec 28, 2007

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    A friend and I went to London Zoo in late December; and I have to say that we were both a little disappointed. It did not seem to be as good an experience as we had hoped for it to be! It was quite expensive, but I did my good deed and agreed to pay the tax on my donation to the ZSL London Zoo.

    The Zoo was opened in 1828 and it was the world's first scientific zoo; it was founded by Sir Stamford Raffles who also founded Singapore. The Zoo has 13 listed buildings which all have architectural or historic importance - one of the more famous is the world-renowned Lubetkin Penguin Pool which was listed as Grade 1 by English Heritage.

    The Zoo is part of a European Community of Zoos - they have established a network of breeding programmes for each threatened species - this is called European Endangered Species Programmes (EEPs).

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    London Zoo

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Oct 10, 2007

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    Silverback Gorilla at London Zoo

    For a city with the size of London, it has a remarkably small zoo. The zoo is not spectacular in my opinion - if you don`t have a lot of time, better skip it. There are some excellent enclosures (like the gorilla jungle, the rain forest enclosure, the butterfly house and the Snowdon aviary) and others that are in need of renovation. A scene of the movie "Harry Potter and the Philosopher`s stone" was filmed in the Reptile House of London Zoo.

    The zoo is located in the northwest of Regents Park - basically you leave the tube, walk 15 minutes on the "Broad Walk" through Regent`s Park and turn left when leaving the park. It is a looooooooong walk, by the way.

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    London Zoo

    by marielexoteria Updated Oct 8, 2007

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    London Zoo is one of those attractions that takes some time to come to but when you're there you feel like it was worth the, in this case, longish walk. I had fun seeing some of the birds (like an owl that was similar to Hedwig - Harry Potter's owl), the big cats and the reptiles. Harry Potter fans will recognize the cage where he accidentally released the snake back to its home.

    When you buy the ticket you're asked if you want to pay an extra £1.50 as a donation and/or if you want to buy a guidebook.

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  • Fantastic Zoo, if you're 6 years old...

    by CDNgirl Updated Apr 21, 2007

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    Truthfully, having been to the Zoo in San Diego, this was rather a let down. However, all things considered, I really shouldn't complain, or compare. I emensely enjoyed the walk to the Zoo, through the park, and the hippos were super playful and a joy to watch. I do think that this Zoo is the perfect size for children. You can see the whole thing easily in an afternoon, and they had good childrens activities throughout the day. Its the perfect place to take the kiddies so they have fun, but don't get too tired and cranky.

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    London Zoo

    by Sjalen Updated Jan 27, 2007

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    I have it under "London for children" but have also decided to put it here due to its historic value as it was founded during the height of Victorian times with Darwinism in full bloom. Otherwise, it is quite dull as zoos go, especially if compared with such gems as San Diego or European safari parks. For what you get, entrance fees are outrageous! Hopefully, what you pay goes towards paying for a completely new exhibition building, due to open in 2009. Meanwhile, why not head for London zoo's "breeding zoo" and park at Woburn outside London if you want to see animals. There they have much more space in the hilly setting (so I'm told).

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    the trip to the London Zoo

    by carkeychan Written Dec 3, 2006

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    i went there in May 2005. We got there through walking across the Regent's Park. It was during weekday on the day we went. There isnt much that would excite you too much apart from the tiny penguins 3. We were although a bit disappointed with the fact that a lot of animals were hiding to somewhere. the tigers and lions were sleeping [well i guess this is something which we cant really control]. Unless there is a special offer for 2 for 1. if not I personally think that it is not a must-go place

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  • A wasted day at London Zoo

    by veetee Updated Sep 30, 2006

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    I recently went to London Zoo, by Regents Park in Central London, and found it a waste of a day, and so would recommend people think twice before going there.

    Although the Zoo is centrally located in London, it is a fair way from the nearest underground station at Camden Town.

    The prices are steep, for both admission and food. The tickets are £14.50 for adults, and £11.50 for children.

    The main reason for going to the Zoo is to see the animals, and we were deflated by the poor range of animals there. Several sections, eg gorillas, were closed. Many wild life enclosures were empty, some with signs giving reasons. There were no gorillas, elephant, or fish, and not many birds or bears. Those animals that were in the zoo were difficult to see, because of poor viewing points, although the Zoo has been adding some special viewing platforms.

    I found London Zoo very disappointing, and do not recommend it. I suggest that people visit a safari park such as Woburn. Woburn is similarly priced (£15 adult, £11.50 child), but it gives a much more rewarding experience, where you get see a much larger number and range of big animals. You also see these animals in a natural habitat, unlike the confines of the small enclosures in a zoo.

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