LONDON ZOO

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LONDON ZOO

Regent’s Park Zoo, or ZSL (Zoological Society of London) London Zoo, is still generally known as London Zoo.  It was the brainchild of Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore and is the world’s oldest scientific zoo, opened on 27 April 1828 by the Zoological Society of London.  Its collections were augmented by the additions of the menageries from Windsor Castle and the Tower of London.  At that time, it was only accessible to fellows of the Society for the purposes of scientific study, but the zoo was opened to the public in 1847 to help funding.

London Zoo packs a great deal into a limited space.  Animals you are generally able to see include: African hunting dogs, camels, donkeys, flamingos, giraffes, goats, gorillas, insects, lemurs, lions, llamas, macaws, meerkats, mongoose, monkeys, okapi, otters, pelicans, penguins, porcupines, pygmy hippos, reptiles, tiger, vultures, warthogs and zebras.  Many larger animals are kept at ZSL Whipsnade in Hertfordshire.

Two of the zoo’s most famous residents include Guy the Gorilla, who was at the zoo from 1947-1978, and Winnie the bear.  Winnie arrived with a Canadian regiment on its way to the front in 1914; she died in 1934, but inspired AA Milne to rename his most iconic character Winnie-the-Pooh.

Region/Nation
Location/Address
Outer Circle
Regent's Park
County
London
Post Code
NW1 4RY
Main Historic Period
Modern
Useful Website Address
Tip/Nearby
Camden Town station (Northern Line) is the nearest Underground station to the Zoo.  Alternatives include: Chalk Farm (Northern Line and less busy than Camden), Baker Street (Bakerloo, Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City Lines), Regent’s Park (Bakerloo Line).
Primary Management
Other

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