London Zoo Discounts and Vouchers
Opened in London on 27th April 1828, London Zoo is the world’s oldest scientific zoo. Originally, it was created to be used as a collection strictly for scientific study for those belonging to the London Zoological Society. It was granted a Royal Charter in 1829 by King George IV and to help bring in money, the zoo was later opened to the general public in 1847. Today, the zoo still receives no state funding and is operated entirely by donations and admissions fees. Within the past decades huge improvement works and new environments for countless animals have been created an expanded – making the London Zoo one of the largest, most diverse, and most enjoyable zoos in the entire world.
- Opening Times –
- Open from 10 am every day of the year (except Christmas). Closing times depend on the season: Last entry is 5:00 pm until the beginning of September, then 4:30 pm.
London Zoo Ticket Prices –
- Peak Season (February 13 to November 1) ONLINE PRICES
- Adults: £21.81 Children: £15.91 Under 3: FREE
- Off-Peak Season (November 2 to February 12th) ONLINE PRICES
- Adults: £19.80 Children: £14.85 Under 3: FREE
London Zoo Discounts and Vouchers
- Entry to the London Zoo is included with the London Pass.
- You should also check out discount websites, such as Groupon and Living Social, who often offer 50% off listed entry price.
- 2for1 London – buy one ticket and get one ticket free.
- Booking online will give you a discount – so definitely consider going to www.zsl.org to book before you arrive!
How to get to the London Zoo –
- Nearest London Underground Station: Camden Station, Baker Street Station and Regent’s Park Stations
- Bus Routes: 274 and C2
- Nearest Rail Station: Euston Station
- Bike: The zoo has two Barclay Cycle Hire stations
- Waterbus: The London Waterbus Company runs a scheduled service between Camden, Little Venice and Soho (for info go to: www.londonwaterbus.com)
Notable Animals, Events and Firsts
- London Zoo took part in the world’s first international co-operative breeding programme when an Arabian Oryx was lent from London to Phoenix Zoo in Arizona. Today the Zoo participates in breeding programmes all over the world for more than 130 different species!
- In the 1860’s, London Zoo was home to the only living quagga (a now extinct subspecies of zebra) to ever be photographed before the species became extinct in the 1870’s. London Zoo also held another now-extinct species of animals – thylacines (often called Tasmanian Tigers).
- The first hippopotamus to be seen in Europe since the time of the Romans arrived at London Zoo in 1850 – a gift from the Ottoman Viceroy in Egypt. The arrival of Obaysch (the name given to the hippo) meant that numbers of visitors to London zoo doubled the year he arrived!
- In 1865, the largest elephant known in existence, Jumbo, was living at the zoo before he was later sold to Barnum & Bailey Circus where he was sadly killed by a locomotive.
- An American black bear given to the zoo in 1914, named Winnipeg Bear, is known to have been the inspiration for Winnie-the-Pooh! Written by Harry Colebourn A. A. Milne, Winnie the bear was seen by Milne and his son, Christopher Robin, who became so entranced by the bear that Milne wrote him the iconic children’s story.
- By the 1990’s the collection at London Zoo reached over 7,000 animals. By this time, other zoos in the United Kingdom had opened, however, London was by far the largest. In fact, the next largest Zoo in the UK at this time was Chester Zoo which held just under 3,500 animals – HALF of London’s total! Around the same time, London Zoo held many specimens that could not be seen anywhere else in the UK including the Tasmanian devil and the wombat.
- Today London Zoo is also home to the only population of humming birds in the entire United Kingdom.
Facts and Figures
Currently London Zoo is home to over 19,000 animals of over 806 different species. The breakdown of the different animals is as follows:
- Mammals – 70 species and 580 animals
- Birds – 119 species and 613 animals
- Reptiles – 81 species and 296 animals
- Amphibians – 25 species and 587 animals
- Fishes – 281 species and 6,091 animals
- Invertebrates – 230 specials and 11,021 animals.
London Zoo is now carefully laid out to contain a number of individual habitats where animals are grouped together in geographically similar environments.
Rainforest Life/Nightlife – This is a walk-through exhibit that houses several species of rainforest animals such as marmosets and sloths. Housed here are also a number of nocturnal animals such as bats, scorpions, giant rats, and chinchillas.
Into Africa – Holding animals from the African continent, this area includes a high level viewing platform to bring guests face-to-face with the giraffes housed here.
The Outback – An Australian themed exhibit dating originally from 1913, housing wallabies, kangaroos and emus.
Gorilla Kingdom – Opened within the past few years, in 2007, the Gorilla Kingdom is made up of a large, moated island with an indoor gym for use by the gorillas. As of today, London Zoo owns four gorillas – one male and three female! Other species of monkeys are housed in the Gorilla Kingdom, as well.
Meet the Monkeys – A walk-through enclosure that houses a troop of black-capped squirrel monkeys, this exhibit is unique in that there are no boundaries between the visitors and the monkeys themselves.
B.U.G.S. – Standing for Biodiversity Underpinning Global Survival, the B.U.G.S. exhibition holds over 140 species of animal, primarily made up of invertebrates.
Butterfly Paradise – Displaying different species of butterfly and moth from throughout the world, there is also a caterpillar hatchery here on public view!
Aquarium – Originally the aquarium at London zoo was the world’s first public aquarium! In fact, it is believed that the word ‘aquarium’ originated here at London Zoo – having previously been referred to as an “aquatic vivarium.”
Reptile House – Housing creatures such as snakes, frogs, and crocodiles, the Reptile House is one of the most famous areas of the Zoo – partially in thanks to Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone which filmed a scene in the actual reptile house itself!
Penguin Beach – Home to 60 penguins and holding the largest penguin pool in an English zoo!
Animal Adventure – A part of the zoo designed for children, the exhibit here features a playground and numerous domestic animals such as rabbits and chickens and exotic species such as porcupines and prairie dogs.
Giants of the Galapagos – Another relatively recent addition, this exhibition was opened in 2009 to coincide with the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin. Five giant Galapagos tortoises are kept here – one male and four females (named Dolly, Dolores, Polly and Priscilla!).
Komodo Dragons – Opened by Sir David Attenborough himself, the Komodo dragon enclosure houses two dragons and is designed to resemble their natural habitat: dry riverbeds.
Tiger Territory – The most recent of the Zoo’s exhibitions, Tiger Territory opened in 2013 in a ceremony that was attended by HRH, The Duke of Edinburgh. London Zoo currently has two tigers – one male and one female. The tiger couple have recently bred triplet tiger cubs that can also be seen!
African Bird Safari – A walk-through exhibit housing species of African birds such as storks, starlings and hornbills.
The Snowdon Aviary – Viewable from outside the Zoo itself, the Snowdon Aviary was built in 1964 and has been hope to dozens of species of birds throughout the decades ranging from waterfowl to birds of prey.
Blackburn Pavilion – Another exhibition for birds, this aviary houses tropical bird varieties including the only population of humming birds in the entire United Kingdom.