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A great day out
Member Name: scooke
Advantages: The squirrel monkey enclosure
Disadvantages: The cost (if no 2 for 1 voucher)
I went to London Zoo at the weekend and have to say I had a brilliant time. There are plenty of animals on display; I think they have over 700 different species, which means you really do need an entire day if you want to see all of them.
Getting to the Zoo is easy. There are a number of tube station close by. Me and my friends went to Camden Town tube station and then walked about 10 minutes from there.
We got there for opening, which is 10:30am, and there was still a little queue, with many children in line. I would definitely recommend arriving as close to 10:30am as possible.
The cost of was admission to London Zoo is about £18 for adults. Fortunately they are promoting 2 for 1 voucher's online at the moment, so I would advise you getting hold of these, to help reduce the cost of your day. I would also recommend taking a packed lunch with drinks, as refreshments are extremely expensive inside.
Once inside there are a number of activities/exhibitions for you to visit. We started off by going to see an exhibition on Bugs. The nature of this show was to give a mini audience the chance to interact with some of gods smallest creatures. Be warned though, this show is aimed at children, rather than adults, so I didn't really learn anything I didn't already know. Plus there are no seats,, instead people are encourage to sit on the floor.
After this show we went to see the squirrel monkey enclosure. This was by far my favourite part of the day. This enclosure has a 150 meter path which you walk along, while squirrel monkeys swing past you in the nearby trees. It's brilliant, you're literally within touching distance of the monkeys, which are really cute by the way. I am told that on cold days they don't tend to come out and play, but this weekend it was really sunny, so we saw about 15 of them
Then we went the butterfly closure. This was ok, but it's really warm, so you can't spend too long in there. Then we move onto the Aquarium, which displays a large number of different fish, from different parts of the world. I particularly like the tropical fish, which display a number of beautiful colours. Right next door to that is the Reptile house, which was used in the filming of the first Harry Potter film. I'm not a big fan of reptile, so didn't say in there very long. I think I have a slight phobia of snakes so perhaps that was to blame.
All the walking is very tiring, so we took a break and had our packed lunch by the penguin enclosure. As we sat down a crowd started to gather around the enclosure. It was feeding time, so obviously we got up to watch. The penguins are very entertaining, waddling around, swimming in their little pool.
Then we moved into the Africa enclosure. Here we had the opportunity to see some amazing animals from Africa, close up. This included the feeding of the giraffe's. I think it was these animals that left the biggest impression on me. They are magnificent animals and I can't get over how close we were able to get to them.
Finally, as we were leaving we saw the lions and tigers, bathing in the sunshine. You can't very close to these animals, as you would expect and there are not many position to view them from, as they are very popular with the children, but again these animal are magnificent and I felt very privileged to see them at all.
I had an amazing day, managing to see most of the animals on display. As I left the Zoo I knew I'd return again, as it's a brilliant day, where you get to see a wide variety of animals.
If you're an adult it's not a case of treating the kids, but treating yourself to day out at London Zoo.
Summary: London Zoo is a magical day out
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