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ZSL London Zoo Adventure

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London has many tourists attractions but none more magnificent as ZSL London Zoo, which plays host to many exotic animals from around the world. What I love about ZSL London Zoo, is that rather than it being just an average zoo that doesn’t give back, it ensures that many of these animals do not go extinct by creating breeding programs, conservation projects, conducting vital research and educating the world on how we can prevent wiping these animals from the face of the earth.

I was invited to visit ZSL London Zoo as it had been a year since the last time I had visited London Zoo and wrote about the Land of the Lions Experience on my other blog (link will be below), so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to introduce ZSL London Zoo as part of my London Vlog and Blog Series before I set off on my round the world Trip in 2018.

Gorilla Kingdom

My first stop was to go to the Gorilla Kingdom which houses 6 beautiful Western Lowland Gorillas consisting of three females Zaire, Mjukuu and Effie as well as three males 4-year-old Alika and 3-year-old Gernot who were both born in London Zoo and of course the magnificent Silverback Gorilla Kumbuka. Other inhabitants of the Gorilla Kingdom also from Africa were the Eastern Black and White Colobus, the Mangabey (white-naped) and the Macaque (Sulawesi-crested). It is a little smelly when walking through the enclosure and it is difficult to take a photo of the Gorillas on the inside of the enclosure as the window is painted over, but I think that this is to discourage flash photography which will irritate the gorilla’s, the best place to get a great photo of the gorillas is on the outside part of the enclosure, where the lighting is a lot better and no flash is needed, but it is a game of luck if you can catch them outside.

Tiger Territory

ZSL’s London Zoo Tiger Territory exhibit has been designed with ZSL’s team of tiger keepers, conservationists and experts to ensure that it perfectly suits the big cats’ needs.

The next stop was to the Tiger Territory exhibit which allows visitors to see the Sumatran Tigers normally found in Indonesia. Whilst two of its residents Jae Jae a male Tiger from San Francisco and Maleti a female came from Perth Zoo are both apart of a breeding programme to help the critically endangered species, their cubs Achilles (male) and Karis (female) are homegrown and were born in London Zoo back in June 2016. The highlight of this enclosure was the training show, where the keepers place various treats around the enclosure which encourages the Tigers to run around and exercise. Because the way the enclosure is built visitors are able to get the perfect view of these beauties running around.

Penguin Beach

Penguin Beach recreates a South American beach landscape, with a beautiful colony of Humboldt penguins.

Even as a child for me Penguins have always been a big part of London Zoo from its original enclosure in the photo below, to its new trendier location at The Penguin Beach exhibit, it doesn’t matter how old you are penguins are just fascinating to watch from swimming to walking and of course feeding time. I don’t think there is a single British person that was around in the 80’s to the early naughties that does not secretly crack the famous quote “When you’re p-p-p… peckish pick up a penguin”.

In 1934, London Zoo unveiled its famous spiral-ramped “Penguin Pool,” designed by Tecton,
During a refurbishment in 2004, the penguin colony was temporarily relocated to one of the zoo’s duck ponds and took such a strong liking to their new habitat that it was decided that they would remain there and Penguin Beach was born.

Land of the Lions

Gir Lionesses in the Land of The Lions Experience at ZSL London Zoo

Land of the Lions was launched in 2016 and was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II and I was lucky enough to have been invited to experience Land of the Lions in its opening month (you can read by clicking here). This exhibit brings India to London with a themed Indian village that covers 2,500sqm whilst part of the enclosure is designed to give visitors a multi-angle view of the Asiatic Lions, consisting of three Lionesses all born in London Zoo Heidi, Rubi and Indi who are also joined by male lion Bhanu. Other areas of interest in the exhibit are the Hanuman Langurs and the Ruppell’s Griffon Vultures as well as plenty of selfie opportunities in the design village as you will see from the photo’s below.

The Land of the Lions Exhibitions has been designed to give visitors an authentic Asian experience whilst getting up close and personal

To give Land of the Lions a more authentic look Tuk Tuk’s and fibreglass cows can be found in the exhibit

Other Reasons to Visit London Zoo

At the main entrance of the zoo if you head towards the tunnel this will take you to the other side of the zoo and here you will be able to step into the Africa exhibit and come face to face with Giraffes, Zebras, as well as being able to step into London’s only living Rainforest, you can walk through the Lemur walkthrough and pay a visit to those loveable characters the meerkats.

The Giraffe enclosure allows visitors to get up close and personal with these gentle giants.

London Zoo doesn’t just exhibit the cute and cuddly it also houses different species of Bugs, spiders, reptiles and marine life as seen in my video above.

There are so many different reasons to visit London Zoo that I could go on forever listing them another blog post you may be interested in is on my other blog Outside the Bubble UK (Click here)

Map of London Zoo


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  • Lisa
    November 15, 2017

    I’ve been to London Zoo a few times and enjoyed it! I didn’t see the Lion enclosure when there, I think it must be new? I love the penguin beach, and did you get to see the giant tortoise? They’re so lovely, but yes very slow!

  • Lydia Smith
    November 15, 2017

    I’m not really a fan of the zoo but I’m glad the ZSL London Zoo is doing a lot to preseve these animals from going into extinction. I think my little ones would like this. I’d be a sparkling adventure for them.

  • Erin
    November 16, 2017

    Thanks for this very detailed and helpful review of the London Zoo. I like that you included the official map as well as your own awesome photos! Getting up close with the giraffes sounds incredible and I like how the animals are housed in very authentic habitats so you can get a contextual understanding/ experience!

  • Yukti
    November 16, 2017

    London zoo is perfect for children and even for animal lovers. There are so many exotic animals like penguins and giraffes which are very uncommon to see. Loved the India part… the whole Lion section gives a feeling of Gujarat in India. Even the shop name is written in Gujarati. I will never miss this Lion section if I go to London zoo.

  • Bhusha
    November 17, 2017

    Somehow not being a big fan of zoos, I ended up not visiting London Zoo throughout my stay in London! Now it would be a great idea for me to take my little one there, to introduce the various animals & birds…The Indian themed area sounds interesting…

  • Christie Sultemeier
    November 18, 2017

    This looks so awesome!! I haven’t been to a zoo in years and this definitely made me want to go. The penguins at penguin beach look SO CUTE, I want to hang out with them 🙂 Hahaha. Thanks for sharing!

  • Rashmi and Chalukya
    November 19, 2017

    The magical city of London has to some much to offer to tourists. We have explored a lot of historical buildings and monuments but missed a visit to zoo. Our kiddo would have enjoyed for sure especially in the penguin beach. The Africa exhibit and the rainforest sounds interesting too.

  • Parnashree Devi
    November 20, 2017

    I haven’t been to any zoo till now. As I like to see the wild animals roaming freely in the wild. But ZSL London Zoo looks like a good outing option for kids. I would like to see Penguins there 🙂

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