Take an Animal Adventure this summer

Our new Animal Adventure playzone opens at ZSL London Zoo on Wednesday 31 July 2019!

Animal Adventure opens in Summer 2019 at ZSL London Zoo

ZSL London Zoo is inviting children on a globetrotting journey of discovery this summer – with the launch of Animal Adventure, a new children’s play area at the heart of London’s zoo.

From Wednesday 31 July, kids will be able to delve into the secret and surprising lives of animals and follow some of nature’s most epic journeys - encountering meerkats, porcupines, eagle owls, mongoose, coatis and more along the way.

Capturing little ones’ imaginations, child-sized hot air balloons and a replica HMS Beagle will ‘transport’ them to animal kingdoms around the world, connecting youngsters to animals through magical up-close experiences and adventurous play. 

Kids will follow in Darwin’s daring footsteps - navigating swinging bridges, slides and ladders aboard HMS Beagle in the Zoo’s new adventure themed playpark. 

Little ones can climb like a coati and reach new heights on the mini climbing wall, or soar like a macaw through the treetop rope course, before hitching an ocean ride with a catfish on the animal-themed sit-on springers.

A new open-air amphitheatre will be the place to go for fascinating daily talks, where zookeepers will reveal how llamas trek across the Andes, and why young meerkats have to set out on their own to find a mate.

Young animal adventurers will be able to spot the Zoo’s resident pygmy goats, kune kune pigs, llamas and donkeys as they set off on regular walks around the area, with plenty of opportunities to meet ZSL’s expert keepers and get the inside story on their work.

A watery Splash Zone will keep globetrotters cool in the summer sunshine, while parents relax with refreshments outside the new café, where they can keep a watchful eye on junior explorers as they play and learn. 

Chief Operating Officer for ZSL London Zoo, Kathryn England, said: “Animal Adventure has been designed to help young animal lovers develop an understanding and concern for nature to carry into adulthood.

“Built on the site of the Zoo’s original Children’s Zoo - the first of its kind when it opened in 1938 - Animal Adventure retains its spirit of bringing children closer to nature through play.”

The ultimate experience for young pups and their parents this summer, Animal Adventure will open on Wednesday 31 July. 

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