Leaves are falling, the Zoo is calling

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A stone's throw away from Regent's Park, open spaces in the capital don’t get much wilder than London Zoo! As a member, you can enjoy free entry to both ZSL London and Whipsnade Zoo, for a whole year! And autumn is a beautiful time to visit. Here are six reasons to join the ZSL family and why London's Zoo is the perfect place to be at this time of year.  

Asiatic lion Bhanu in a mountain of fallen leaves at ZSL London Zoo

Discover London's wild spaces

Explore our 36-acre wildlife haven to connect with nature this autumn, with 20,000 animals to discover at every turn, creatures big and small. There is so much to learn about each species, and witness how their behaviour changes during the seasons. Many of our residents feel right at home in the cooler climates, from Bactrian camels to Andean llamas and alpacas and Humboldt penguins!


Bug Ben insect hotel in the Wildlife Garden at ZSL London Zoo

Get inspired by horticultural delights

Enjoy all that our green spaces have to offer. Admire our fabulous flower beds - our horticulture team are busy making our Zoos beautiful all year round. Then get green-fingered with our Wildlife Garden as we give you some top tips on how you can help pollinators. Our Woodland Walk is also a hidden gem if you're looking for a quiet sit-down or a canal-side spot of lunch, and it's particularly pretty at this time of year.  


Escape to the tropics 

After enjoying an autumn stroll, you'll likely be ready to step out of the crisp fresh air and travel to warmer climes.

Our brand new exhibit opened this October: Giants of the Galápagos. Be transported to the famous archipelago to visit our tortoise trio, surrounded by the sights and sensations of the pristine, isolated island chain. Wander through the island, while Dolly, Polly and Priscilla roam the forest just feet away, basking in the tropical atmosphere - it's 27 degrees inside!

You can also warm up in Butterfly Paradise, and immerse yourself in bird song in Blackburn Pavilion. Top tip: When you visit Blackburn Pavilion, time it right: our clock chimes every 30 minutes.

Then, venture into our South American-inspired walkthrough. See if you can spot our sloths, and get acquainted with some of our lesser known animals in Rainforest Life - London's only living rainforest!


A big-headed turtle hatching at ZSL London Zoo

Celebrate new arrivals

Join us in celebrating the hatching of three Critically Endangered big-headed turtles, whose parents were given a new home at the Reptile House after being rescued from the illegal wildlife trade. 

In Rainforest Life, look out for another adorable new arrival. Our youngest tamandua, Bueno who was born in July, is getting more inquisitive every day and weighed in at an impressive 2.14 kg this month! We also have the cutest baby porcupine, known as a porcupette, Herbie, as well as baby mangabey, Sheila, to look out for.


Feeding the goats in Animal Adventure

Create lasting memories

Whether your pre-schooler is an Attenborough in the making, or simply has oodles of energy to burn, they’re sure to love a day at London Zoo too. Our Animal Adventure play area brings children closer to nature through play. Check out our top tips for a pre-school perfect day out. We invite you to experience the Magic of Christmas at London Zoo this December. We've got everything you need for a jam-packed fun family day out this Christmas, and beyond!


Seals are a real wildlife highlight of the Thames but they also face serious conservation threats

Help us save wildlife

By joining us a member, you're not only helping us to look after our amazing animals in our Zoos, but you're also supporting our work for wildlife. From seals in the Thames just at our doorstep, to Kenya's Critically Endangered species such as the black rhino, the natural world needs our help, so we need yours. Together, we can help nature bounce back, for generations to come. Thank you! Learn more about ZSL and our conservation work here

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