The next generation
Children love animals. Virtually without exception. They always have done and they always will do.
So, how is it, because of the actions of the adults that those children grow into, that over a quarter of the world’s wildlife is threatened with extinction?
Somewhere along the line so many children lose that fascination, that sense of magic that comes from being around and among animals.
With the increasingly urban lives that so many children lead, it’s not so much a lack of desire to be with animals, though, as a lack of opportunity.
In 2009 ZSL London Zoo brought that opportunity back. Animal Adventure, our new children’s zoo, opened to provide thousands upon thousands of children with the chance to immerse themselves in the sights, sounds, smells and experiences of life in the animal kingdom.
Underground tunnels, treehouses, watery worlds and airy spaces, secretive aardvarks and curious coatis: all these and more make up a natural playground that fires children’s imaginations like never before.
It’s a dynamic environment for a dynamic generation.