ZSL London Zoo Review

Our holiday to London would not have been complete without
a visit to the Zoo.

The boys delighting in the fact daddy is scared stiff of Peacocks (so planning their route!)

We had a lovely
time strolling around seeing all the animals. 
The enclosures are clean and well maintained. The new Penguin Beach exhibit looks
fantastic (I was slightly envious as it was so hot that day, I could have dived
in myself!). The penguins all looked
very happy, chilling out in the water and sunbathing on the rocks. It is a sign of a good zoo when the animals
are so content and thriving.



Keeping with the penguin theme I have no excuse anymore to complain about missing sleep as poor penguins only ever have power naps:


There
was so much to see and do, we actually did not leave ourselves enough time, and
we could have easily spent another couple of hours walking around. So I do recommend giving yourself a full day
for your visit, especially if you have any little legs with you.



Plus once they saw the face painting stand,
zoo fair ground ride and bouncy castle, they just had to do all of that!!!

But it’s all based in one section so if you
are watching the pennies you could give it a wide berth and try and skirt round
it!

They
have a very full schedule of live shows; a number of which had been inspired by
the London 2012 games. We managed to
watch the Animal Athletes in Action and were very impressed. The boys sat patiently watching, it was that
good we had no wondering off or messing about, which meant it was worthy of their full on concentration. I liked that
after the show the presenter mentioned how the skills the animals are
demonstrating are all about survival for them and talked a little about
conservation, so it becomes more than just a parade but an important lesson for
our children.


Other
highlights for the boys were going through a tunnel and finding the sleeping Aardvarks.

They looked very rested; I
must admit I was slightly envious, as I was dashing around everywhere after two
very excited boys! The boys also
enjoyed jumping around in the little water fountain section, the only problem I
had was getting them back out again! There
really is so much fun to be had here!

Making new friends!

On
leaving the Zoo you had an opportunity to buy a keepsake booklet for £15. On the way in I heard the lady say how much
they cost and had not planned to buy it thinking you just got one picture and
it was awfully expensive. But the boys’
godmummy sneaked over and bought it for us anyway, I am so glad she did as you
get so much more than one picture. You
get information on the animals, postcards with your picture on and two larger
pictures, all with different backgrounds and animals on. You also get to make a keyring and magnet to
treasure. So all in all, its not a bad
deal!

Entrance
would have cost us £72 (with booking online to save 10%) and given how many
hours you could spend here I think it is a must see attraction. Each enclosure has lots of information about
the animals so it is a very educational experience. My wildlife mad boys were in their element learning so many new
facts.

You
can find out more information on the website. 
A weekend to watch out for is the 1st – 2nd of
September for the Little Creatures family festival, with lots of extra
activities planned for your own wild animals! 
Shame we do not live closer as we would definitely have wanted to come
back for that.

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