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Regent's Park, NW1
Tel: 020 7722 3333
Nearest Tube: Camden Town
|London Zoo was first opened in 1828, making it one of the oldest zoos in the world. The first animals that were housed in it were actually moved here from the Tower of London, which is where the Royal Menagerie had been housed since the 13th century. For the next 150 years or so the zoo grew steadily and was very successful.|
But by the early 1990s the zoo was in serious financial trouble and faced closure. But public donations and a huge donation from the Emir of Kuwait saved it from closure. A recent revamp has changed the emphasis of the zoo with the focus now being on education, conservation and the protection of endangered species.
There are currently over 8,000 animals in the zoo, with some of the rarest species in the world. An extremely popular enclosure is the 1930s modernist Penguin Pool - an architectural attraction in its own right, and the big cats, monkeys, elephants and rhinos are also always popular.
Also extremely popular is the Children's Zoo, mostly populated with British farmyard animals, where kids can get close and touch the animals.
Because of the revamp, it is likely that some enclosures will be closed for renovations when you visit, so if there is a particular animal that you want to see, it is probably best to phone in advance.
London Zoo is open 10am-5.30pm March-September, 10am-4pm October-February. Tickets cost around £10 for adults, £6 for children.
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