London for Kids: London Zoo

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The London Zoo

London Zoo
Outer Circle
Regent’s Park
London NW1 4RY

In the heart of London, on the north side of Regent’s Park, is London Zoo.

When the Zoo opened in 1828 it housed a collection of exotic animals that were studied by eminent scientists of the day. Only later, in 1847, did the Zoo open its doors to the public, and, from then on it became the most famous zoo in the world. Among many world firsts, the Zoo opened the first reptile house (1849), the first public aquarium (1853), insect house (1881) and children’s zoo (1938).

Today the Zoo looks after 650 animal species, of which 112 species are listed as threatened in the Red Data books, and participates in breeding programmes for 146 species.

It’s the perfect day out for the whole family. There’s lots to do, plenty to see and so much to learn. Visit the cheeky, the deadly, the chirpy and the wild – all at London Zoo. Get closer to your favourite animals, learn about them at the keeper talks and watch them show off their skills at our daily events.

By visiting London Zoo, you help us protect endangered species, conserve natural habitats and bring learning to life for all ages.