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CountryUnited Kingdom
Place NameLondon Zoo
Alternate NameReptile House
Located in the heart of the city, London Zoo is proud to be one of the oldest scientific zoos in the world. With an impressive collection of over 650 animal species from around the world, housed in beautiful modern enclosures. Each habitat has been carefully designed to mimic the animal's natural environment, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in a variety of ecosystems, from lush rainforests to freezing Penguin Beach. London Zoo is not just a place to relax, it's also dedicated to animal conservation and education, with a range of interactive experiences, talks and messages to inspire visitors of all ages. Whether you're an animal lover, a biology student or just want a unique experience, a visit to London Zoo is truly a journey into the wild.


Welcome to London Zoo - your own universe!

Located on the edge of Regent's Park, London Zoo is a world-renowned attraction that attracts visitors of all ages. This amazing place opened its doors to scientific research in 1828 and to the public in 1847. It is an example of a rich heritage, characterized by spectacular animal encounters and dedicated conservation efforts.

Animals from around the world:

  • London Zoo is where world travel begins. It is home to more than 650 species from all corners of the world, from the giraffes of the African plains to the tiny leaf ants of the Central and South American rainforests.

  • Explore Lion Land, a living replica of the landscapes of Gir National Park in Gujarat, India, and join us with the lions of India. Watch them from the ranger cabin or even a "window into their world".

Security Efforts:

We are more than just a zoo; London Zoo is at the forefront of global conservation efforts to protect animals and their habitats. Protecting over 1 million animals worldwide through our ZSL (Zoological Society of London) conservation projects, we offer you the chance to be part of something bigger.

Visit and explore London Zoo, where entertainment, discovery and learning combine to offer a unique and uplifting experience at one of the oldest and most respected zoos in the world.


A brief history of London Zoo

London Zoo, often referred to as the Regent's Zoo, traces its humble beginnings to 1828. and boasts a history of scientific curiosity and a strong commitment to animal protection. Over the years, it has been a beacon of commitment to understanding and protecting the world's wildlife.

In 1831 the zoo has reached a major milestone by becoming the home of the now-extinct quagga, making it the first zoo to keep this exotic creature outside of its natural habitat in Africa. This set a precedent, making the site a great place to welcome unique species from around the world.

As the collection grew, so did the zoo's architectural legacy. in 1913 the built Mappin Terraces provided a unique hilltop habitat for bears and other mountain animals. The architecture combines functionality and design, a sign that the zoo is committed to creating an environment suitable for its animals.

Despite turbulent times, such as two world wars, the zoo managed to keep its doors open. The post-war recovery saw major changes, such as the opening of the legendary Penguin Pool and the Gorilla of Guy exhibit, which drew crowds and gained international acclaim.

Today, London Zoo has a strong focus on animal welfare, running several programs to protect endangered species and support wildlife. It continues its legacy as a beloved site of learning, discovery, and testament to the intricate beauty of the animal kingdom.

Geography and Natural Features

Geography and natural features of London Zoo

Located in the heart of Regent's Park, London Zoo covers 36 hectares of land, making it one of the city's premier zoos. It is located on the north side of the park and borders Regent's Canal.

London Zoo's geography showcases a mix of different habitats designed to mimic the natural environment of the different species it feeds on. From the lush landscapes of Tiger Territory to the aquatic environment of Penguin Beach, this zoo demonstrates an exceptional dedication to restoring the natural habitats of its inhabitants.

One of London Zoo's unique geographical features is its central hill, which offers stunning views of the entire zoo. In addition, its proximity to the calm waters of the Regent's Canal provides a natural water feature.

Highlight features

  • Lion Land: Based on the vivid landscapes of Sasan Gir in India, this feature brings you up close to the lions of Asia.
  • Rainforest Life: an ongoing exhibition that immerses you in the tropical climate of the Amazon Rainforest.
  • The Outback: an exhibition dedicated to Australian animals, focusing on the harsh and arid landscapes of the Australian outback.
  • African Bird Safari: an ongoing exhibition showcasing the rich bird life of the African savannah.

  • London Zoo's geographical and natural features therefore offer immersive experiences that combine different landscapes and wildlife in an urban setting.

    Influence and Legacy Features

    Impact and deprecated features

    London Zoo has a profound influence and legacy that transcends time and geography. Opened in 1828, it is known as the world's oldest scientific zoo, offering the public a new perspective on wildlife.

    Historical influence:

    • London Zoo was the first to establish a research centre. His pioneering work has transformed zoos around the world from entertainment exhibits to vital conservation centers.
    • The concept of "Children's Zoo" originated in the London Zoo and influenced young people's introduction to animal life.

    Architectural legacy:

    • Zoo architecture has influenced outdoor spaces around the world. The famous aviary, designed by Lord Snowdon in the 1960s, remains one of the most iconic structures contributing to modernist architecture.
    • The penguin tank and the round house are also praised as outstanding examples of innovative zoo design.

    This legacy enables London Zoo to maintain its influence on global zoological parks, promoting animal welfare and improving the visitor experience through ongoing research and innovative design.


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