London Zoo – Obvious but…

Just to quickly say, I know I’ve been awfully quiet this last week, and firstly I’m sorry! I had a monster piece of coursework due in, along with a lectures and sorting out Christmas stuff, it’s been pretty hectic and I haven’t had too much to report…especially as the Burlesque club I promised last week had to be rearranged to tonight. I am so excited though, we’ll be checking out an American diner too so watch this space!

But for now, I thought the zoo was a good place to chat on about, especially studying zoology, it’s just my cup of tea…very English I know. This blog is meant to be about enjoying London on a budget, and I know the zoo is not the most budget of entertainments – but there are ways around that…

If you’re studying zoology or a biological science, or if you have an active interest in the field you can become a fellow of ZSL – allowing you unlimited free access to both London and Whipsnade zoo with a guest, the ZSL library and invites to symposiums and such held by the society – as well as 10% off in the gift shop and cafes. Its just under 30 quid a year, and considering its £20 for an adult ticket into the zoo, I think that’s quite a saving…especially as, if you’re a student, the library can be a life saver too (although watch out for the lift. I swear its at least 100 years old and the size of a particularly small wardrobe.)

There is also membership for those who will be visiting again and again, although its a little pricey.

Inside the zoo, there are some fantastic exhibits. There’s the butterfly house – probably one of my favourites. An awesome opportunity for the photography enthusiasts…

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There’s the regular animals, pigs and such, but then there’s the rarer stuff like Galapagos Tortoises and Gorillas…Otters, Tigers, Bugs, a Meet the Monkeys bit where you can walk through free climbing swinging little monkey cuteness…There’s of course the penguins, which are always entertaining. Happy Feet, anyone?

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And how could I forget the llamas?

Its a huge place to wander round, it easily takes up a full day. I have to admit food inside is pricey so it might be worth taking a picnic, as long as you don’t give it to the animals. (Seriously, I’ve seen people do it.) Feel free to ask the staff questions, they’re pretty knowledgeable and there’s great customer service – has been when I’ve been there any how.

I know I’m biased. I love all things furry or scaly or even with 8 legs, but I’ve spent plenty a day whiling away the time there…so I felt I’d share one of my favourite places in London with you guys.


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