The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Facts about the London Zoo

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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Facts about the London ZooHaving an appreciation and love for the animals around us can help to improve our attitudes about protecting the environment for future generations to enjoy.  One of the places that I always take my nephews when they come to visit is the London Zoo where they can see up close and personal some of the animals from around the world.  Located right in the midst of London, the zoo is easily accessible, quiet affordable, and a great deal of fun for people of all ages. Let’s take a look at some of the facts that might persuade you to plan a day trip with the tots and teens in your family.

The Good

Both you and the children will enjoy feeding times for the animals, the shows that feature some of the most popular animals like white lemurs, and my nephews’ favourite show, “Animals in Action” which begins at about 11:45 each day in the Amphitheatre.  The zoo also sponsors various events like animal photography sessions which teach you how to take great pictures of the animals that you’ll see.  Be sure to wear comfortable shoes since you’ll be doing a great deal of walking and plan to take some breaks on the benches provided for your use.  It’s a good idea to do as I do, plan your day, take your time, and don’t forget to eat during your visit.

The Bad

When you first arrive at the zoo, don’t be concerned with the number of people queuing to enter; the lines move very quickly and you’ll be inside straightaway.  Depending on the time of day that you visit, some of the animals may be sleeping which makes taking pictures almost impossible.  Since the London Zoo is one of the top tourist attractions in the city, you’re sure to experience crowds of people trying to see the same animals as you so remember to be patient and courteous to those around you.

The Ugly

If you’re on a limited budget, you’ll find the entrance fee for the zoo to be somewhat expensive especially if you have the children along with you.  Keep in mind that part of your charge goes to care for and feed the animals that you’ll be seeing throughout the day.  The zoo is also a bit out of your way if you must take public transportation and if you’re driving yourself, the signage may be lacking but you can always stop and ask for assistance in finding this very popular attraction.  Sadly, you won’t find any elephants or rhinos but you can certainly take great pleasure in the butterfly house, the large cats, and the monkeys.

With 750 species to be viewed in the London Zoo, your day will certainly be one filled with awe and amazement at the grace and behaviour of the animals.  Be sure to explore when talk times will be occurring so that your children can learn along with having fun in this new and exciting place.


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