Image collection

ZSL's Library & Archives contains archival photographs of animals formerly at ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.

The black and white photographs date back to 1864. Many of these animals are now extremely rare, some, such as the quagga, are extinct. Other graphic sources in the form of illustrations, prints and watercolours, date from the sixteenth century onwards.

Reproductions of the images are available at a fee to those who might want to use them in publications or multimedia. Please contact with your picture requests and details of how you wish to use the image.

The image collections form part of our `Special Collections', please look at PDF icon ZSL Library Regulations for use of 'Special Collections' (236.67 KB)f you wish to come in and consult any of our special collections.

 Obaysch, the common hippo, by Frederick York, circa 1870.
Photograph of Obaysch by Frederick York, circa 1870.

Watch Ann Sylph, ZSL Librarian in this Objectivity video Random Zoo photos talking about the collection of photographs by Frederick William Bond.

1927 - King Penguins walking, between their shelter and shrubs,  in the snow at London Zoo