Londonist digs cute and fluffy

SallyB2
By SallyB2 Last edited 127 months ago
Londonist digs cute and fluffy
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There. We’ve come out and said it.

When did you last go to the zoo? Our zoo, I mean. You know, the one in Regents Park. The one you got dragged to thrice as a child. We can bet that most of you haven’t been much since then, if at all.

Now London Zoo may not be the world’s oldest, or biggest, but it is one of the most highly respected, and the Zoological Society of London is commendably active in the fields of research and conservation. It is right in the middle of the city, and really easy to get to, and the winter rate is just £13.20 (normal grown-up rate)(which includes a £1.50 donation to the ZSL) – you’ll be hard pushed to get such a good day’s entertainment for that anywhere else in London and around. We actually think that Londoners should be compelled to go every two or three years to get back in touch with their inner tiger, terrapin or toucan.

Anyway, the point of this particular rant is that the society has made some of its old prints and photos newly available to purchase on line. And some of them are jolly interesting (not to mention cute and fluffy). After all, the zoo has been there since 1828, so it has 180 years of history behind it. And the proceeds are of course getting ploughed back into research and breeding programmes.

So if you’re not going to go to the zoo, zoo, zoo, we thought you should get on line and support them that way.

This particular cute and fluffy image courtesy of wokka’s flickr stream.

Last Updated 01 October 2007

HeracliteanFire

And if you do go, check out the live show: it's not just for children.

siany

there's ALWAYS 2-4-1 deals floating around online which make this an even better trip out.

guest

I'm sorry, but what a load of Hogwarts. £13.20 to wander around what looks like a building site and see a succession of miserable animals in concrete bunkers? Balls. I'd rather buy a 2-for-1 DVD offer and spend the afternoon watching Blackadder.

siany

Just curious about when you last went to London Zoo, Guest?

London Zoo actually work really hard to protect the animals in their care in administer breeding programmes to stop them going extinct. Without programmes like this, the next generation won't get to see them alive.

Some of the money from the ticket does go to helping these programmes and the workers there really know what they're doing. It's not cheap - but we're not talking about any old trip out... giraffes aren't that cheap to look after.

Let's not forget the education to children as well... without London Zoo, some kids in London (and adults for that matter) will never get the chance to see these animals.

While it would be great if these animals were in the wild instead of being bred in captivity, London Zoo does a great job in teaching London about wildlife and how to care for animals. None of the animals look miserable.

As for the donation, you don't have to pay that if you don't want.

guest

Zoos are cruel. I just can't justify spending that much money to look at animals in captivity for human entertainment purposes.

SallyB

Obviously a bird in the bush is worth two in the hand in this instance - animals should be allowed to flourish in the wild. But London Zoo and other zoos of an equally high standard have a vital role to play in conservation and research.
The animals at Regents Park enjoy carefully designed habitats, and as my co-blogger observed above, none of them look distressed or sad. The zoo is not just about entertainment, but also about edification - a trip there serves to remind the visitor that we are not alone on the planet and we have a responsibility to our resourceful and fascinating co-habitees. I always come away humbled.