London Zoo and it’s iconic birdcage is quite the landmark of this city. You can see it from the top of Primrose Hill and most people will recognise it, even if they’ve never been there. We’re lucky enough to have The London Zoo on our doorstep.
When we first moved back here, I bought their membership for myself. S was still free (under 3) and it was a great thing to have. During term time members can park in their car park for free so very often it was something we did after nursery or on Sunday mornings.
Fast forward 2 years and I decided to get their annual membership again. This time for one adult and one child. While you hear of many Zoo’s that don’t treat their animals well, one thing I love about ZSL is all that they do for their animals. You can feel the love the Zoo Keepers have for the animals they look after.
More recently, ZSL embarked on protecting Sumatran Tigers and back in June, two tiger cubs were more at the Zoo. They are adorable!
All the funds raised by ZSL go back into the Zoo. They recently revamped their lion enclosure and it is amazing! You really feel like you’re in India. They designed it to give Zoo goers a very realistic take on the lion’s original environment. Being of Indian origin myself, I can tell you they got it down to a tee. I have to admit I was surprised they haven’t got any backlash for having various idols dotted around the enclosure but personally I feel it all adds to the charm.
At every opportunity around the Zoo they provide information for learning as well as information that let’s you know more about their animals. At all feels very personal.
If you plan your day right, you can feed the meerkats yourself and watch the penguins being fed. If it’s a hot summers day, don’t forget the sprinklers at the back, kids love running through them. They also have a lovely little playground, a carousel and in the summer, a bouncy castle.
ZSL obviously enjoy their work, they recently had a naked fundraising streak event to raise money for the tigers! You can read more about that here.
If you’re visiting London or even if you live here, I totally recommend visiting and supporting the Zoological Society of London. You can read more about what they do here.