The Best Zoos in the UK

London Zoo, London, England

by Shannon Harto Friday 5 July 2013

Black-Capped Squirrel Monkey at the London Zoo
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London Zoo is the world’s oldest scientific zoo, opened in 1828 and then to the public in 1847. The zoo is home to more than 750 species of animals. There are plenty of shows daily that will give you an inside look at the lives of some of your favourite animals. Even better, you can visit the recreation of the Bolivian rainforests that houses a group of black-capped squirrel monkeys. There are no boundaries, allowing you to really be among the monkeys. For those looking for a true animal encounter, the zoo offers VIP encounters that will allow you to meet either giraffes or penguins up close.

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