What to Expect
Once you gain entry with your mobile voucher, head to one of the many exhibits and enclosures, built specifically to mimic the natural habitat of the animals so they thrive. There are over two dozen of these exhibits and, though they're all worth exploring, here are a few that you just ought not to miss!
Marvel at an Extensive Collection of Amphibians and Reptiles at the Reptile House
The reptile house at the zoo was the first ever opened in London and houses the amazing collection of amphibians and reptiles the zoo has to offer. They range from massive crocodiles to tiny frogs, and from benign lizards to poisonous snakes, sure to make the hair on your neck stand up.
Meet Adorable Humboldt Penguins at Penguin Beach
You don't have to go to the ends of the Earth to admire these adorable birds! The colony of Humboldt penguins live on a recreated beach landscape, resembling their native South American habitat, with a large pool that has viewing panels so you can admire the birds as they play and engage with each other underwater. Feeding time at this exhibit is nothing short of energetic with the penguins diving head first for their meal!
Walk into the Lion's Den at Land of the Lions
The Zoo's newest and most interactive exhibit features Indian themed areas like a train station, an ancient temple and guard hut that stretch across 2,500 sqm, transporting you to Sasan Gir, the home of the Asiatic lion. Here you can embark on a themed adventure, helping the forest rangers with a mock lion emergency set in the Gir forest and even help the veterinary team that comes to the rescue in the end. The exhibit is both educational and exciting, sure to leave you in awe.
Be Amazed by Silver Back Gorillas
The Gorilla Kingdom exhibit houses both an African aviary and the colony western lowland gorillas at the zoo. The exhibit features a clearing, a private island and a gymnasium for the gorillas to play and interact with one another. The colony is led by the male silverback gorilla, Kumbuka, who has had two children with his mate, Mjukuu; a boy, Gernot, and a girl, Alika. Two other female gorillas, Effie and Zaire complete the colony. The gorillas are not the only fascinating creatures in this habitat. Venture further in to see white colobus monkeys and white-naped mangabeys as well as other primates!
Step into the Nocturnal World at the Rainforest Life Exhibit
Aptly named, this exhibit is London's only living rainforest, hosting a variety of animals from monkeys and bats to the rarer sloths and tamandua, the lesser anteater, rainforest species all. The exhibit also has a "Night Life" area where you will leave behind the mellow London sun and step into the nocturnal world, inhabited by bats, rats and other creatures in the darkness!
It doesn't end there, though! The Zoo has plenty more to offer and a day here is spent easily!