May is a wonderful time of year to be in London, with moderate temperatures and the hope that the sun will break through! Well, if you do not have an idea of what to do for the next non-working day (28 May Spring bank holiday), we recommend you to visit the ZSL London Zoo.
Today with a collection of 755 animal species, 15,104 employees, it is one of the largest collections in the United Kingdom. It was opened in London on April 27, 1828, and was originally intended to be used as a collection for scientific research. In 1831 or 1832, animals from the London Tower were transferred to the zoological collection. In the end, it was opened to the public in 1847. This zoo is the oldest scientific zoo in the world.
The most famous residents, in this zoo was Guy, the Gorilla. Today his statue is placed at the entrance to ZSL London Zoo. The Western lowland gorilla arrived at the Zoo on Guy Fawkes Night, hence his name, and became something of a celebrity, attracting thousands of visitors to the Zoo between 1947 and 1978. Despite Western lowland gorillas being the world’s largest primates, Guy was a gentle giant and would cradle birds that had flown into his enclosure in his hands before setting them free again.
Another thing you might not know about ZSL London Zoo is that the giraffe house at the Zoo is the oldest zoo building in the world still used for its original purpose.
Also, in the period from Saturday May 26 to Sunday, June 3, there will be a Superheroes & Villains event, which we believe will be very interesting for the youngest. The working hours at the zoo are from 10AM to 6PM, but in the spring break holiday hours might differ. So, buy a ticket and enjoy.