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A Day Out Heaven for Adults and Children Alike
Member Name: happysh2009
Date: 03/01/13, updated on 10/07/13 (72 review reads)
Advantages: many to see
Disadvantages: A little expensive for me.
As the capital of the United Kingdom London is a wonderful place to visit. On my recent visit to the city I went to the London Zoo, or to give it official name, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) London Zoo.
Brief information about London Zoo:
The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) was founded in 1826 as an international scientific, conservation and educational charity. Opened in 1828, the London Zoo was originally intended to be used as a collection for scientific study of ZSL. In 1847 it was eventually opened to the public. Today it is the world's oldest scientific zoo as well as one of the most popular tourist site in London.
London Zoo is located in Camden, North West London. It has a 15 - 20 minute walking distance from Camden Town or Regent's Park stations. You can also take a bus or walk about 30 minutes from Baker Street station. You can drive your car to get London Zoo. There is an extensive parking area which has 5 minute walking distance to the main entrance. By the way it's outside of the congestion charge.
What to see at London Zoo:
My main motivation for visiting London Zoo was that seeing the gorilla, as I had never seen a real gorilla in my life. So I would like to start from Gorilla Kingdom.
1. Gorilla Kingdom
There were 3 gorillas in the kingdom. You can see them through glasses or in their open field. Basically they did not do much and just relaxed in their own home, as the day was very hot. I was lucky to see one very clearly when she was sitting near the glass and looking at visitors. There were other displays about the creature. There was a weight scale you can weigh your weight and height. You can see the difference between you and gorilla. I found it was interesting.
2. Big Cats
You just can see lions and tigers through glasses, as they are caged inside. I had seen both before, but still felt very excited when the lions were moving towards the glasses. Everyday at 3pm there is a show in which you can see the lions using the hop, bound and jump technique to attack their prey.
Before I saw penguins, which live in the South Pole. The penguins in London Zoo were from a hot tropical area. There was a small pool. The water was very clean, so you can see penguins diving at the bottom of the pool. There was a morning show at 11.30am, which was very educational to me. That explained some knowledge about penguins, particularly the difference between their two creatures of penguins. There were two afternoon shows at 1pm and 4pm, which mainly were about feeding these penguins.
The Bug house is just around the big cats space. There is a range of different bugs and creatures displayed in glasses. There was a model at the entrance to the house. You can see how the leaf ant carrying the leaf to their colony. To me it was very interesting. Reading the description about these bugs, I felt their world really amazing.
The Aquarium is the home of sea creature. Here you can see different fish, crabs, sea horse, anemones and corals, etc. It was not big, but a most colourful place in the zoo. Compared to other aquarium I have seen before it was not very impressive.
The reptile house was once filmed in a Harry Potter movie. Although I don't like snakes I still went into, just wanted to find the place where the film had been taken. In here you can see a range of snakes, lizards, komodo dragons and frogs etc. Generally the snakes were sleeping and hiding. You need to be very patient to find where they are and to see if they are moving.
7. Butterfly Paradise
The Butterfly Paradise is just nearby the Penguins. To see the beautiful butterflies and moths from around the globe you need walk through a giant caterpillar, which is very hot and humid. You can also see plans and trees, which are homes for these butterflies and moths. Before I had visited a Butterfly valley in Sanya, China, but I still felt interesting when I saw these butterflies flying freely around visitors. There is also a pupae holding room where visitors can see a vast array of beautiful pupae develop and butterflies eventually emerge.
Opening times and prices:
London Zoo is open from 10am every day of the year (except Christmas Day) with seasonal closing times. Currently the admissions are £20 for adult and £15.50 for children. If you booked online for family visit you can get 10% off.
Compared to Beijing Zoo, it's smaller but you have more to see. Due the time limit I haven't seen all creatures London Zoo can provide. It's really a pity. However it does give me an excuse to visit it again.
London Zoo is a great place for a day out, not only for children, but also for adults. In my humble opinion it's a must go place when you visit London. I highly recommend it.
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