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Member Name: Rach18
Date: 30/08/01, updated on 30/08/01 (154 review reads)
Advantages: Good day out, easy to get to, lots to see and do
I hadn't been to London Zoo for about 10 years since when I was a little girl, so August bank holiday I decided to visit with my boyfriend.
When we arrived it was priced more or less as I had expected £10.50. I didn't expect it to be any less any way.
To my surprise the zoo had not changed since I remembered it from when I went some 10 years ago.
There are alot of different animals there, you know, the usual - elephants, rhinos, girraffes, anteaters, chimps and monkeys as well as the reptile house and aquarium.
Some of the animals enclosures did seem quite small and one or two of them slightly out dated. This is understandable as it is fairly old, although I'm sure that the animals are very well cared for and looked after.
The zoo is quite compact and things aren't spread out too much although there is quite a bit of walking involved.
The keepers certainly do know about the animals there and they are always happy to answer any questions you may have about the animals. There are also bird flying shows, talks and feeding of the animals on throughout the day, so there is always something going on to keep you entertained.
Unfortuantely due to foot and mouth the animal rides and childrens zoo are closed at the moment which is a shame.
There is a variety of take aways and a cafe in the zoo and in good weather they have a proper BBQ. Food is a little pricey like it is in most of these places. We had 2 cokes and a bag of crisps and it came to nearly a fiver.
There are a few gift shops, again a little pricey as you could get many of the items elsewhere for a fraction of the price.
Overall we had a good day out and I would go again. It is actually owned by the same people who own Whipsnade Safari Park, but given the choice I would much rather go there as the enclosures are much bigger, there is enough to keep you busy all day and it's less like a zoo as things
are much more open. London Zoo seemed very 'cagey' to me with wire around all the enclosures, Whipsnade is nothing like that.
London Zoo is very easy to get to, situated in Regents Park. It's easy to get to by bus, tube or car, the nearest tube stations being Regents Park or Camden Town. Regents Park is also very nice to walk through if you have the time.
London Zoo is definately worth a visit especially if you have children, but I think it could work out quite expensive.
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