London PassGet free entry to London Zoo Save up to 55% London Pass holders get free entry to London Zoo plus another 80 attractions, and can save time at the queue with Fast Track entry
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London Zoo is No.4 in our list of London's best children's attractions
If you love animals and you've got money to burn (it's 280 quid!), then why not become a zoo keeper for a day? If you're hoping to get a job with animals one day, then this is a total no-brainer.
This interesting experience will allow you to get close to some of London Zoo's most popular animals, giving you with a look at what it's really like to work inside the enclosures.
Typical events throughout the day will include feeding and mucking out the giraffes, penguins, giant tortoises, meerkats and primates. The junior version will visit the giraffes, monkeys, llamas and pigs. Obviously you won't be able to get close to all of the animals (...but would you really want to hand-feed a gorilla?), so of the animals that you can't get near, you will enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at their enclosures instead.
This is very much a hands-on experience, so you must be reasonably fit. You will also be getting very close to the animals, so expect to get a bit dirty. Your group will consist of around five people, and you will be kitted out in overalls before being assigned to an experienced zookeeper.
If you quite like the idea of meeting the animals, but are baulking at the high price, then you might be interested in their meet the animals up-close event instead. You might also like to try volunteering at Spitalfields City Farm. They don't have any zoo animals there -- there are no lions or tigers, just farmyard animals like pigs and chickens -- but it has the advantage of being free.
Craig has never actually tried being a zoo keeper (he's not brave enough, fit enough, or rich enough!), but he has written a big review of London Zoo itself, which you might like to read before you go.
Craig’s review of London Zoo – “If you want to do London Zoo properly then you'll be walking around for 4-5 hours so you need to take it slow, because it's a proper zoo: there are no rides, no rollercoasters, no dolphins doing tricks with the kids. You just stand in front of the cages trying to find the animals, then you buy a stuffed monkey from the gift shop and go home. The aquarium is a nice pe… continued”
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If you enjoy London Zoo then you might like to visit Battersea Park Children’s Zoo (catch the train from Camden Town to Battersea Park Children’s Zoo), London Aquarium (catch the train from Camden Town to London Aquarium) and Natural History Museum (catch the train from Camden Town to Natural History Museum)
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