During our last trip to the UK, we decided to have a fun family day out for hubby’s 40th birthday and visited London Zoo. I can’t believe that I lived in London for 7 years and never actually found the time to visit. I suppose you rarely get to be a tourist in your own land.
Did you know it’s one of the world’s most famous zoos? You can find it in Regent’s Park in central London, not far from the great views of Primrose Hill and a walk away from Camden Town’s famous market. London Zoo is the world’s oldest scientific zoo. It was opened in London on April 27, 1828, and was originally intended to be used as a collection for scientific study. It was eventually opened to the public in 1847.
It was a glorious day so we set out on our adventure.
Fortunately, this was 4 days before Little M turned 3 so she got in for free. It’s pretty pricey to enter. They charge a whopping 28.10 GBP for adults and 20.39GBP for children between 3-15.
Whilst the set up and aesthetics were impressive, many of the enclosures were under restoration and various other improvements so we missed out on a lot of the A class animals – which is a little disappointing when you spend so much to get in.
Always a favourite, Little M loved the Lemurs and the Meerkats and enjoyed watching the penguins as they were being fed. Weirdly enough, she is very fond of bats and reptiles and insisted that we visit these again and again.
My favourite was The Land of the Lions. ZSL London Zoo’s newest and most breath-taking exhibit transports visitors from the heart of London to India’s vibrant Sasan Gir, where they can get closer than ever before to mighty Asiatic lions. Three walkways cover the 2,500sqm exhibit with thrilling, immersive Indian-themed areas to explore – including a train station, crumbling temple clearing, high street and guard hut. For the first time, big cat lovers can embark on an interactive Indian adventure as they help ZSL’s forest rangers deal with a ‘lion-emergency’ in the Gir Forest, and lend a hand to the veterinary team who come to the rescue.
Whilst we only saw one lion, what I was really impressed with was how they transported you to India. Animals aside, this whole exhibit was done really well displaying the bring colours of the subcontinent, the sacred cow and spiritual shrines.
Our last stop was the outback where we saw wallabies and emus before it was time to head off for tea.