ZSL London Zoo is the world's oldest scientific zoo. Opened in London on 27 April 1828, it was originally intended to be used as a collection for scientific study. Today, it houses a huge 698 species of animals, making it one of the largest zoos in the UK.
But despite its age, it remains a seriously exciting day out. You can get closer than ever before to Asiatic lions with the new Sasan Gir exhibit, designed to look exactly like town in India - the homeland of these incredible creatures. You can also take time to watch meerkats and otters enjoy their brunch before heading to Penguin Beach and Europe's largest penguin pool. Or enjoy a VIP experience hand-feeding giraffes or monkeys!
ZSL London Zoo also has an incredible and varied history - few places can lay claim to having inspired Charles Darwin. The history tour on Saturday and Sunday mornings lets you follow the friendship of Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh, as well as seeing up-close the various Grade I- and II-listed buildings around the zoo.
Richmond Park is a site of both national and international importance for wildlife conservation. It is London's largest Site of Special Scientific Interest, a National Nature Reserve and a Special Area of Conservation.
With almost 2,500 acres (more than 1400 football pitches!) of land, the park is home to more than:
- 100,000 trees
- 600 red and fallow deer
- 63 breeding species of bird, including woodpeckers, kestrels and owls
- up to 11 species of bat
- countless foxes, rabbits, shrews, mice and voles
But it's not just about fields and animals. Richmond is home to horse riding, carriage rides, golf and even power kiting - so there's something for everyone.
London Wetland Centre, an award winning nature reserve, brings the countryside to London. Despite its central London location, it's a haven of tranquillity for both wildlife and people.
The lakes, pools and gardens are home to Kingfishers, Sand Martins, and wading birds. It's also a key location for migratory birds around the year - for keen bird watchers there are Bitterns in the winter and Yellow Wagtails on the grazing marsh in summer.
The Bournemouth Aquarium is an all weather activity - ideal if a beach trip is rained off. Hundreds of marine and freshwater creatures populate ten spectacular recreated environments.
See of you can spot the aquarium’s biggest personalities such as Stan the Otter and Pam the Pufferfish as you wander around the different eco systems - including Crocodile Rocks and The Abyss. There’s even an adventure trail and underwater themed play zone for the little ones to burn off some energy.
Alternatively, for a more in-depth experience, the Oceanarium offers VIP experiences, including:
Spend a whole day (9am-4pm) alongside the Aquarist team and learn all about the Oceanarium and the wonderful creatures that live here.
Get up even closer to some of the aquarium’s most loved creatures with the Turtle Experience, feeding Loggerhead Turtles, Carrie and Etta.
Marwell’s 140-acre park is home to an incredible range of exotic and endangered species, in beautiful, landscaped surroundings. Just by visiting Marwell Zoo (owned and operated by conservation charity, Marwell Wildlife) you’ll be making a big contribution to their projects to conserve species and habitats, both in Hampshire and around the world.
From endangered Amur tigers to majestic giraffes along with the recently opened two-level Tropical House Marwell is guaranteed fun for all the family.
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