ZSL London Zoo's Wet Weather Guide

Worried about rain? There's plenty of indoor exhibits and sheltered spaces at ZSL London Zoo to enjoy whatever the weather!

A Humboldt penguin enjoying a rainy day at ZSL London Zoo

Our penguins love the water, but we understand you might not! Don’t let grey clouds stop you from visiting the Zoo though. 

Transport yourself to tropical climates in Rainforest Life, get snap happy in our Reptile House, and immerse yourself in a world of beautiful butterflies in Butterfly Paradise. With a number of indoor enclosures and animal houses - and plenty of sheltered spaces all around the Zoo - discover your ultimate guide to a rainy ZSL London Zoo...


1. Rainforest Life is the place to be

Cold and rainy? How about hot and humid! Step into the tropical heat of Rainforest Life and enter London’s only living rainforest. Come face-to-face with amazing species including sloths and tamanduas. Then head downstairs to the Night Zone and see what the rainforest’s nocturnal animals get up to after dark.


2. Take flight to the Blackburn Pavilion

Immerse yourself in colour in the Blackburn Pavilion - our walk-through bird exhibit. Come nose-to-beak with exotic birds, many of which are free flying, in this Mediterranean inspired exhibit. 


3. Warm up in Butterfly Paradise

This walk-through experience protects you and our array of exotic butterflies from the wet weather! Butterfly Paradise offers visitors the opportunity to learn more about life cycles, biodiversity and climate change while surrounded by the hundreds of butterflies chosen to represent the 100,000 species that exist on the planet.


4. Immerse yourself in Tiny Giants

Shining a spotlight on the planet’s smallest superheroes: from underwater corals and the aquatic wildlife they support, to industrious leafcutter ants, spiders and beetles – Tiny Giants celebrates the species we quite literally couldn’t live without.  And it's the home of In With The Spiders - the UK's first ever walk-through spider exhibit!


5. Get snap happy in the Reptile House

The Reptile House dates all the way back to 1926. Here you'll find our amazing collection of reptiles and amphibians, including snakes, lizards, frogs and crocodiles! 


6. Enter our dragon's den

Head behind the Reptile House to find the home of Ganas, our Komodo Dragon. With razor sharp teeth and toxic saliva that can fell a buffalo, Ganas is a formidable predator.


7. Make use of our sheltered spaces 

The majority of our outdoor exhibits also feature sheltered spaces where you can see our animals out of the rain. From the train station at Land of the Lions, to the two large viewing areas at Tiger Territory, and our family of western lowland gorillas' jungle gym at Gorilla Kingdom - all are under cover.

In with the Lemurs has a large indoor area for both humans and lemurs alike and over at Happy Families make sure you check the window into the otters den, where you can often see our family of oriental short-clawed otters cutely cuddled up together - rain or shine!

In Into Africa you can see inside our giraffe house and also see inside the indoor area (complete with hot-tub) of our pygmy hippos, Thug and Nicky.


8. Grab a bite to eat in the Terrace

Warm up with a hot drink and a bite to eat in the Terrace restaurant, with a selection of food from across the world, and cake displays full of yummy treats made by our onsite pastry team.  


9. Brave the rain! 

Some of our animals love the rain, especially our penguins! So p-p-pick up a poncho or an umbrella from our shop and get exploring! 

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