The Modern Zoo

Elephant walk at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

The zoological world has changed and developed drastically to meet the standards of the modern world and is not just about animals on show to the public.

Find out about how zoos have evolved, what animals they keep and why as well as information on how zoos operate including animal enrichment and training, and how zoo breeding programmes work.

Colobus Monkey baby at ZSL London Zoo

Good zoos do much more than simply display animals to visitors. They play a...

Jae Jae the Sumatran Tiger eating at ZSL London Zoo

ZSL’s animal collection as we know it today has evolved immensely since its...

A coatis at ZSL London Zoo

Operant conditioning, as a method of training captive animals, is a practice...

A bearded pig enjoying the water at ZSL London Zoo.

How do zoos recreate situations that will encourage animals’ natural...

Lucifer the lion at ZSL London Zoo.

ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo have hundreds of species and thousands...

Burchell's zebra 1885

Zoos keep animals for public display, right? Yes, but what animals, in what...