Daytrip at the London Zoo, a Photo Essay

Posted on 24. Aug, 2011 by in Destinations, Europe Travel, Photo Posts, United Kingdom

After seeing how popular my last postcard was, I decided that a  London Zoo photo essay would be quite appropriate. And who doesn’t love a photo essay? I’m sure many of you won’t even bother to read the actual text and just stroll through the pictures… am I right?

Located right in the heart of Regent’s Park in Camden and opened in 1828, the London Zoo is actually the world’s oldest scientific zoo. It features over 720 species spread over 36 acres, as well as many interesting exhibits. Connoisseurs will remember the famous Harry Potter scene with Harry, his cousin Dudley and the snake, which was filmed in the Reptile House. Who said zoos weren’t glamorous?

While the expensive entry fee might scare some visitors, I was actually more than happy to spend these quids because not only am I an animal lover, but also because part of the entry fee is given off to conservation projects. It’s a win-win situation, really.

Without further ado, here are my best London Zoo photos, this little known piece of London heaven (and if you actually read up to here, congratulations!)

Cute yellow dori fishes - just keep swimming, just keep swimming! (Finding Nemo quote. Yes I know, it’s a kids movie).

Rhinoceros Ratsnake: probably one of the scariest London zoo photos. Also where the famous Harry Potter zoo scene happened!

Green iguana

Chilling primate - it’s cool being at the London Zoo

Sneaky aligator

Cute, but extremely toxic blue frog. A simple touch can poison you to death!

Baby primate. He seems a bit mischievous, no?

King of the Jungle, doing his usual nothing.

Another baby primate. I don’t think there is such a thing as baby primate overload.

Smooching blue parrots. Or are they fighting?

London Zoo photos

The famous tiger: one of my favorite photos ever. Did you know you can actually apply for a “Keeper for a Day” program and get to feed the tigers?

Curious giraffe

That’s it with the cute overload, folks. Even though a lot of travel experts pretend that zoos are a waste of travel time (something about zoos being too general and not really representing the city you’re in), I have to say zoos are a new favorite of mine, and I intend on visiting many others in Europe, like in Lille or Berlin. Or maybe even Central Park if I step back to the other side of the pond one day.

Have you been to London zoo, or another big zoo around the world? What is your favorite animal? Ever had any funny encounter? What are your best animal pictures?


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7 Responses to “Daytrip at the London Zoo, a Photo Essay”

  1. Katherina

    24. Aug, 2011

    I LOVE the toxic frogs, up to the point that I even had bought a couple of books on them and planned on having one of my own. I love the tiny blue ones, and he red ones too!!

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  2. Eeww! That ratsnake looks creepy. But, I still kindof want to hold him. Terrific photo of the Giraffe.

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  3. Alexandre

    28. Aug, 2011

    Love the sharpness of the iguana’s picture :)

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  4. Clare A

    30. Aug, 2011

    Cute pictures. I love San Diego Wildlife Park / Zoo.

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  5. jade

    31. Aug, 2011

    In all my time living in London, I never made it to the London Zoo! Your pictures are making me regret that!! Must head back soon

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  6. Darrell

    02. Jul, 2013

    The iguana is actually a Plumed Basilisk, also known as a Green Basilisk or Jesus Lizard for it’s ability to run on water. The ratsnake is actually a Green Tree Python or an Emerald Tree Boa, can’t be sure which as they are very similar. It is however certainly NOT a ratsnake.

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