A quick and easy to digest guide on the best animals to see at London zoo. It includes our funny family vlog where you can feel the atmosphere of many of the exhibits. It makes for a brilliant family day out. My kids are grown and we spent happy hours together being playful and inspired by the animal life. It ranks as one of the best things to do in London with children and without! If you are an animal lover put this on your bucket list.
We have visited zoos around the world and usually find a couple of hours, maybe 3 is plenty. You could easily spend half a day here at London zoo and there will still be some things to see on your next visit!
African Bird safari
A dream for any bird watcher. You’ll get to see the Waldrapp ibis, Abdim stork, Fischer’s turaco, Von der Decken hornbill, hammerkop, white-faced tree duck, and the blue-bellied roller.
The children’s zoo where kids can meet coatis. They can get touchy feely with goats, sheep, donkeys, llamas and kune-kune pigs. There are look out towers, mini streams and a network of tunnels to explore the animal habitats.
Attenborough Komodo Dragon house
The Komodo dragon Ganas is housed on a mock dried river bed. It is a formidable predator in the wild and canfell a buffalo using it’s sharp teeth and toxic saliva. Don’t worry tho’ it’s safe behind 20 metres of dragon-proof glass.
There has been aa Aquarium here since 1853. Today you can discover beautiful and some really quite weird fish from various seas around the world.
The Tropical walk through where many species are free flying around the exhibit. You’ll see toucans, starlings, kookaburras and partridges, among others. There are 50 species or so.
This is where exhibits of invertebrates (animals without backbones) are displayed in the zoo, including insects, spiders and millipedes. There are over 140 species here. There are also a few mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish
Things to looks out for are tiny butterfly eggs, giant caterpillars and butterfly feeding stations. Enjoy them as butterflies and moths flutter around you or land on plants nearby.
Fruit Bat Forest
Home to the nearly extinct Rodrigues fruit bats. So, this is perhaps, one of the most important animals to see in London zoo.
Meet Dirk, Dolly, Polly and Priscilla the magnificent Galapagos tortoises. The gentle giants are the largest tortoises in the world and can live for over 150 years.
Very popular and exciting. You’ll get to see the colony of western lowland gorillas close up and currently with their babies. Kumbuka, the silverback, is super impressive. You’ll also find other groups of monkeys in this are including white-naped mangabeys and white colobus monkeys. (all in the Vlog).
As you’d expect you’ll find Giraffes, zebras, okapis, warthogs and African hunting dogs. Make sure you get to the viewing platform so you are face to face with the giraffes!
In with the Lemurs
There are various species of lemurs in this exhibit. You can walk among them and enjoy them as they sunbath on the logs. Newly opened.
In with the Spiders
I’m afraid it did little to encourage my relationship with these misunderstood and maligned creatures. However, the spider experience here is brilliant and we had some hair raising fun coming face to face (in the Vlog).
Land of the Lions
Home to some magnificent Asiatic lions. This area is Indian themed but the best thing is to have a male lion up on a rock stared at you staring at him. Awesome (in the Vlog).
We find the meerkats hilarious to watch as they stand guard and scratch around for food. You can watch them from the glass dome within their catchment area (in the Vlog). These come from the sands of southern Africa’s Kalahari Desert.
Meet the Monkeys
This is a great fun way to meet some pretty cute characters. The area mimics the forests of Bolivia where you can meet and greet a group of black-capped squirrel monkeys (in the Vlog). One of our favourite animals to see in London zoo.
Here’s the London Zoo map and the animals to see at London zoo.
A romp of Oriental Short-clawed Otters. They are the smallest species of Otter and unusually enjoy the company of each other.
This is a very popular mock South American beach where you’ll see Humboldt penguins play, preen and swim underwater. Try and catch one of their feeds )twice daily) as the birds swoop down to try to pinch the fish!
These pygmy hippos have a heated pond to keep them toasty all year long.
This is an indoor exhibit where you can get up close and personal with rainforest species including monkeys, sloth, armadillo and tamandua. Look out for the super cute monkeys that entwine their tails together and another female monkey with only one arm ‘one armed bandit’! There is also a ‘night life’ area where you’ll find bats, rats and other nocturnal creatures.
The collection of reptiles and amphibians, including snakes, lizards, frogs and crocodiles are housed in a classic old Victorian style building with wings segmented into exhibits such as Desserts to Rainforests etc.
It was the first walk-through aviary and has since become a London landmark. It is named after Lord Snowdon and is home to some of the most majestic birds in the world. This includes the white ibis and peacocks.
The exhibit features tall trees for the tigers to climb and high feeding poles which encourages their natural predatory behaviours. You can view them from ground level or from viewing platforms near the trees (in the Vlog).