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ZSL London Zoo, London

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Opened in 1828, ZSL London Zoo is the world’s oldest scientific zoo. Housing nearly 755 species, with over 16,000 individual animals, this is one of the largest zoological collections in the entire country. This site is also noted for opening the first reptile house, public aquarium, insect house, and children’s zoo in the UK. Hundreds of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish, and invertebrates are sheltered here, with several special areas spread across the park’s grounds. Don’t miss the Africa-themed section, with high-level viewing platforms providing a look into the world of zebras, warthogs, giraffes, and wild dogs. Beat the long entry lines by booking your tickets online. Make ZSL London Zoo part of your personalized London itinerary using our London tour itinerary maker .
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  • On a cold yet partially sunny day, we ventured to the Zoo. The small unassuming entrance should not dismay you. The greeters are cheerful and helpful. Once inside we had a limited amount of time so we...  more »
  • Entirely was okay, however, there were neither elephants nor bears. The food was overpriced and a complete rip off. The animals are largely good and however close to the look made and usually have well. But there are also old very run-down enclosure. You can go there, but must not.
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  • What a huge place, probably too much for the 4-5 hours we spent there. We tried to be selective and visit the places we wanted to, to coincide with any talks or feeding, but with a 6 year old in tow, ...  more »
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  • Firstly, be aware that this is a charity and the money goes towards the animals' well being; The tickets are expensive indeed, and I believe it's fair and well worth, as one does not get to see a variety of exotic animals very often. Hence, don't complain about the price. Secondly, you may not get to see the animals of your choice; Again, be aware that this is a conservation/rescue centre. Animals belong to their own habitat. Don't expect the zoo keeper to deliberately get hold of an animal, just to keep it in the zoo. This place is educational and children friendly. Your children will indeed have an excellent experience; Make the best of it. Moving on with the negatives; This place is over childish. If you are not visiting with children, you might find your visit to be a little awkward. Furthermore, some of the rooms will have bad lighting and you might not get to see the animal; This would be a little unfair to the visitor. However, do talk to the volunteers about this, and they will provide you some assistance.
  • Small but very well thought out zoo. Some great animals and good shows and talks. The spider and insect areas are scary but fascinating. You can walk through spiders, butterflies and lemur areas if you wish. Sadly some areas were closed due to the fire, hopefully they will reopen soon.
  • Lovely zoo in the middle of london. The animals have lots of room to move and are well looked after. The staff are helpful and informative doing talks on the animals. We were lucky and managed to get a look at big cats as the came right up to the glass. A nice petting area allows the kids to interactive with the smaller animals.
  • Was very suprised how much they have packed in here without it feeling squashed. Fully entertained my two youngsters for the whole day. Plenty to interact with. Every enclosure looked clean and well kept. The animals appeared happy. Costs were as expected. If travelling by tube, plan your walk from the station.
  • Definitely a great place to spend the day! Lots of animals to see and everything is pretty compact so you won't get too tired or lost. There is even a petting zoo to touch the animals. They also have talks and shows about the animals which are fun to see and you learn a lot. Great place for families and specially children.
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