Meet the enigmatic inhabitants of the underwater at ZSL London Zoo's Aquarium, situated on the northern corner of ... More
ZSL London Zoo Aquarium
Meet the enigmatic inhabitants of the underwater at ZSL London Zoo's Aquarium, situated on the northern corner of Regent's Park. London Zoo gave the world its first public aquarium in 1853, the current one being built in 1924 and inaugurated by King George V and Queen Mary. Actively involved in several conservation and breeding projects, the aquarium houses some of the rarest and most exotic species of aquatic creatures from different parts of the world. The well-laid out aquarium is divided into three halls, each one a separate eco-system, containing freshwater fish, coral reefs and endangered species respectively. An individually large tank contains giant fish like Catfish, Tambaqui and Pirapitinga that were rescued from untrained owners and are now looked after by the zookeepers. Their website is quite informative for those who want to know more about their collection. You can also call ahead on +44 (0)844 225 1826 for any other inquiries.
I had promised my grandchildren a special day but I was very upset there were no elephants no gorillas no bears and i thought a very dirty place to visit you have to be very healthy to walk every wear I wont be going there again
i really enjoyed the atmosphere of the zoo because i like when animals are in my envirment for the hole holiday i didnt shut-up about the zoo !! after seeing the zoo for the first time i now would of loved if id seen it sooner and id advise other people to go there !!!!
I was really looking forward to going out on a day trip to the zoo with my brother and parents.
We had decided to go there over Howletts zoo and were extremely disappointed with our choice.
My parents said that the zoo used to be a wonderful place but now, just a dump. A horrible place for the animals to be living.
My brother favourite animals are Gorillas, so he was excited when he found out that the zoo had a Gorilla kingdom. When we got to the Kingdom, there wasn't a Gorilla in sight! So much for the Kingdom.
I would reccomend visitng Howletts instead.
We hated the way there are signs everywhere that say flash photography scares the animals and yet thousands of flashes kept popping off scaring the Gorillas.
The zoo keepers reminded everyone of this rule but no one seemed to want to enforce it. The Gorillas appeared bewildered by the flashes but clearly a photo is more important than the animal!!!
The park was dirty, overpriced and reminded me of the old style parks of the fifties. Come on London move with the times. Visit a park in Australia and see how it is done.
Animals first. People second. PLEASE.
I love animals and i love learning, a brilliant experience, i have been many times, worth going, good for all the family, but if you dont like the wildlife etc, dont bother you will probably end up getting disapointed! fab experience once agin! brilliant ., thanx
Visited the Zoo a couple of years ago and there was quite a lot of building work just started so revisited to see what the improvements would do for the Zoo - and its fantastic!
We loved the new Gorilla Kingdom, the space the animals have is just great and as well as the three gorillas there are still lots of monkeys, really nicely landscaped as well.
The new Rainforest was also great (though its a shame it doesn't actaully rain in there)but you get to walk about at treetop level with tiny marmosets and tamarins and some truly wonderful birds called sun bitterns. We spoke to the keeper in there who told us all about the forest and its animals, fascinating stuff.
Best of all? The African Bird Safari Aviary. You get to walk in with multicoloured starlings, hornbills, ducks, storks and lots of other birds. They are really tame and the keeper was in there feeding them and gets the birds to come so close you can get fantastic photographs. We had to visit it twice it was so good so make sure you don't miss it.
So was the visit worth it? A very definate yes. A bit expensiove but when seen in context with normal London prices it wasn't actually that bad and your money does go the help the conservation work that the Zoo does. Go and see for yourself.
I visited this jan 07, have not been here since i was at school in 1983! I really enjoyed my day, but was disappointed in not seeing the gorillas and the bears were not out due to the cold weather. I am planning to return this Easter weekend to visit the new Gorillas section just opened this Easter! and hope the Bears are out. All in all I think the zoo was well worth the money and a great day out.
I remember visiting the penguins alone, as I had mislaid my mother, and was found walking around with them in their enclosure by the water. I was 3 years old and remember the grey concrete and steps going down them to walk around with the penguins, who did not frighten me at all. My mother had searched for ages until I was found safely with my bird friends.
I took my three grandchildren to the zoo today, 23.12.06 as a Christmas treat.
It was the greatest disappointment we have experienced.
The animals were obvious by there absence.
The food which was costly was lukewarm and the staff could not care less. They were busy chatting in little groups.
We understood we would have a show featuring reindeers. (it is Christmas) Two reindeer were brought into the childrens zoo area, kept well back by the handlers and we were asked if anyone wanted to take pictures.
There was a lot of people with children who were very disappointed. The children had to stand quite a distance in front of the two reindeer and people did their best to get a picture.
For the Christmas season it was thre worst I have witnessed anywhere and I will not be recommending the zoo to anyone.
I used to enjoy going to London Zoo, as it was once the best and most famous zoo in Britain and arguably the world.
However it has changed a great deal over the years, and is now a terrible disappointment, for a number of reasons.
- Entry prices are expensive. The tickets are �14-50 for adults and �11-50 for children, as compared with �10 and �7 at Longleat.
- The zoo has few animals on display, with several sections closed for renovations, and many other enclosures, cages, tanks, etc empty. There are therefore no elephants, gorilla, fish, etc.
- Those sad creatures that the Zoo does have are in what seems nowadays very cramped and cruel conditions.
- The zoo itself is in a very bad state. The whole place needs renovation, particularly the aquarium, and some of the animals are held in smelly and dirty enclosures.
- The zoo concept is now very much out-dated, and people who love animals would be advised to see those animals in the freer and more natural surroundings of a safari park.
I do not recomment London Zoo, but suggest you visit a safari park such as Longleat and Woburn for animals, or the London Aquarium for sea life.
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