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Facts About the London Zoo

Updated April 17, 2017

The London Zoo can't be overlooked if you're visiting the London area, especially if you have children with you. It can be an educational and action-filled day trip to provide distraction and interest. The London Zoo is famous for its strong stance on conservation and providing very little change to habitats for preservation.

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The London Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in the world, and could have been the first place the word "zoo" was coined. It opened in 1827, in Regents Park.


The main focus of the ZSL's (Zoological Society of London) London Zoo is for both conversation and education. They support the natural habitat and ecology of species, and are also involved in saving endangered species.


The London Zoo is home to over 750 different species, and it has well-developed children's interactive activities. The focus is on education and respect for animals, but its also geared towards children's interests.

Tips On Visits

If you're under 16, you can't visit without an adult. The last ticket is sold just one hour before closing, which doesn't give you much time. And if you plan to take pictures for commercial use, you'll need to get official permission ahead of time by contacting the London Zoo.

Interesting Facts

The animals were evacuated during air raids in World War II, and taken to their companion animal park in Whipsnade. They were brought back to Regents Park to help with public morale. There was one zoo fatality: a younger giraffe died, probably from fear of a nearby bomb explosion.

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About the Author

Mel Candea has been writing for 15 years, with a B.L.A. acquired in-between. She has been published in several magazines, including "Harriet" and "Everyguys." Her online work has been extensive, with experience in copywriting, creative writing and researching.

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