We have some of the most well regarded wildlife centres in the world within our region. With Kids travel for £1† all summer long why not take a day out and take a walk on the wild side? So if all creatures great and small are your thing then check out some of our picks below and the highlights of the exciting events they’ve got running this summer.
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.
This summer Captain Z is recruiting all superheroes into the Superhero Academy to teach them the powers of the animals.
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 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, 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.
Dusty's Wildlife Rangers - Sat 21 July - Sun 2 September
Here’s your chance to become a Wildlife Ranger like Dusty Duck. There are loads of exciting activities waiting for you this summer, from pond dipping, to bird watching and scavenger hunts. Grab your free Wildlife Ranger logbook when you arrive and start your expedition at WWT London Wetland Centre. It’s a wild day out for the whole family!
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.
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.
Marwell are excited to welcome Mr Bloom from CBeebies with his one man show to the zoo this summer. There’ll be a bundle of veggie stories, gardening games, and catchy Nursery songs for toddlers and parents alike. To sum it up in the words of a famous Aubergine: ‘Let’s sing and dance and have some fun!'
Throughout summer, young families will also be charmed by a live action puppet show – featuring hilarious Marvellous mechanical man-eating plant puppets. Crazy botanist Dr Chris Anthemum will tell the story of his travels to find a rare plant for the zoo’s new Tropical House, which has grown a little more than he bargained for.