Humans ‘bear’ all at London Zoo
Thursday 25 August 2005
World’s first human zoo opens for bank holiday
London Zoo proudly presents the world’s first ever Human Zoo exhibit, ready for the bank holiday weekend. Found absolutely everywhere, a group of the planet’s most adaptable species, Homo sapiens, will be seen frolicking and flaunting their natural behaviours on our world famous Bear Mountain.
During the photocall, our humans will be kept entertained through a variety of behavioural enrichment activities and there may even be an opportunity to interview a volunteer or two about their experiences. So, come along and see the wild things for yourself!
You will be able to get a clear shot of our newest animals as they view the world from their very own enclosure, but you will need to bring a zoom lens to capture the best of the action.
With our experienced keepers on hand to panda to their every need, our troupe of humans will officially take up residence on Friday 26th August and will come off display on Monday 29th.
We have set up this exhibit to highlight the spread of man as a plague species and to communicate the importance of man’s place in the planet’s ecosystem. We launched a competition via our website appealing for volunteers to take part in the exhibit.
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Notes to editors
- London Zoo’s ‘Human Zoo’ exhibit will run from 26th – 29th August.
- There will be a clear view of the humans, but a zoom lens will be necessary.
- There are approximately 6,350,000,000 humans worldwide.
- More humans are born everyday than there are gorillas and chimpanzees in the world.
- Worldwide diets vary but humans generally eat meat, fish, animal products, grains, fruit and vegetables.
- Founded in 1826, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is an international scientific, conservation and educational charity: our key role is the conservation of animals and their habitats. ZSL operates London Zoo and Whipsnade Wild Animal Park, carries out scientific research in the Institute of Zoology and is actively involved in worldwide conservation efforts
Nathalie Golden 020 7449 6280