Take a Walk on the Wild Side

We have some of the most well regarded wildlife centres in the world within our region. So if all creatures great and small are your thing then check out some of our picks below.

ZSL London Zoo

The iconic London Zoo is the world's oldest scientific zoo. It was opened in London on 27 April 1828 and 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 Country.

There’s so much to see and do, the newest and most breath-taking exhibit transports visitors from the heart of London to India’s vibrant Sasan Gir, where they can get closer than ever before to mighty Asiatic lions. You can watch Meerkats and Otters enjoy their brunch before heading to Penguin Beach, revel in high tea with the giraffes then take a trip to mini-Madagascar and so much more.

History tours-Tours will be conducted on the selected Saturday and Sunday mornings, advanced booking is essential

Our history tour is a fantastic addition to a trip to ZSL London Zoo. Visitors will journey through the Zoo with an experienced guide, hear stories of how ZSL helped inspire Charles Darwin’s ground-breaking work, follow the friendship of Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin, discover the history of the many Grade I and Grade II listed buildings at the Zoo, and much more…

Richmond Park 

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.

Covering almost 1,000 hectares (2,500 acres) of Greater London it is incredibly important site for wildlife. The legendary deer park has 630 Red and Fallow deer which have been roaming freely since 1637. The deer have played a major role in the park's history and have shaped the landscape. As well as deer, a range of other mammals lives in the park, though they may not be as obvious. These include Fox, Rabbit, Shrew, Mice and Vole.

The park supports over 100,000 trees making it a significant site for bats. Potentially, it can support 11 of the UK’s 17 bat species. To find out more about which bats have made the park their home, trapping surveys have been funded with a top bat expert.

Bird life in Richmond Park is hugely varied with around 144 species recorded over the last 10 years and 63 breeding species, including all three native woodpeckers, kestrels, owls and a range of waterfowl. All this as well as as countless species of trees, flowers, fungi, insects.

London Wetland Centre 

London Wetland Centre, an award winning nature reserve, brings the countryside to London. Although close to the heart of the capital it is a haven of tranquillity for both wildlife and people. 

The lakes, pools and gardens are home to Kingfishers nesting in a bank, Sand Martins zipping over the ponds, wading birds search for food at the lake edges and ducklings waddling after their mother in the spring. For keen bird watchers there are Bitterns in the winter and Yellow Wagtails on the grazing marsh in summer.  Check out our Wildlife sightings page for full details of the 180 species we record here each year. 

Oceanarium-The Bournemouth Aquarium 

The Bournemouth Aquarium is an all weather activity. Take an underwater adventure around the waters of the world and come face to face with hundreds of awesome creatures. Immerse yourself in a sea of colour, with 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.

Become an Aquarist for the Day! 

Spend a whole day (9am-4pm) alongside the Aquarist team and learn all about the Oceanarium and the wonderful creatures that live here.

Feed the Turtles 

Get up even closer to some of the aquarium’s most loved creatures with the Turtle Experience, feeding Loggerhead Turtles, Carrie and Etta.

Marwell Zoo

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.