What’s there to see at ZSL London Zoo?There’s plenty to see and do at London Zoo! There are animals from all around the world, with highlights including Gorilla Kingdom, Tiger Territory, Land of the Lions and Penguin Beach. Plus there’s an aquarium, a reptile house, and a bird safari. Watch out for free talks, demonstrations, and feeding times during the day, when zookeepers will interact with the animals and teach visitors even more about the unique characteristics of each species. Experience packages are available for guests who want to meet the animals, including the chance to be a keeper for a day. If you have a spider phobia, you can even sign up for the Friendly Spider Programme, which aims to cure you of your fears in one afternoon.
When should I visit?The zoo is open all year round, but some animals aren’t too fond of the cold so might hide away on icy or rainy days. Meanwhile, other animals don’t do so well in hot weather, so they might hide in the shady parts of their enclosures. Some exhibits also have the opportunity to see the animals in their indoor enclosures but if you can, try visiting in mid to late spring or early autumn for the best chances to see all the animals out and about! Weekdays are also less busy than the weekends, and school holidays can get especially crowded, so avoid those times if you want a quiet day out.
What is there for children to do?Plenty! Kids will enjoy spotting all the different animals in their enclosures, plus there are child-friendly signs which help children learn more about the creatures they’re encountering. Staff generally make sure their talks aren’t too complicated for children, and will happily answer any questions young visitors might have. There are also playgrounds and a petting zoo where kids can meet farmyard animals, and if they’re really into animals there’s also the chance for them to be young keepers for the day. Tricycles are available for hire from the Visitor Centre for children aged 18 months and older.
How long should I spend at the zoo?If you want to see all the shows and feedings then you can easily spend a whole day in the zoo, and if you have smaller children who might need more breaks then you’ll probably also want to take it slowly. If you have a busy sightseeing schedule and don’t want to spend the whole day then you can visit all the exhibits in the zoo in about 3 hours.