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New playground opens at ZSL London Zoo

A new 32,000sqft play space and children’s zoo opens today within the grounds of ZSL London Zoo and the Young Londoner shares the best bits of the experience.

Animal Adventure is a new playground inside ZSL London Zoo and it brings children closer to nature by combining free adventure play with animals. Kids can interact with porcupines, meerkats, mongoose, coatis and pygmy goats and lots more. 

Ande the llama officially opened ‘Animal Adventures’ by biting through a ceremonial unique ribbon, specially created by ZSL London Zoo to mark the occasion. The children present squeeled in delight at meeting Ande and were even allowed to offer him some snacks (after his ceremonial duties of course!)

Young Londoners feeding the Pygmy Goats

Children love animals and the new play area will encourage a lasting connection to the animals with which we share our planet. Little Londoners can stroke and feed the goats, learn from zookeepers some fascinating facts like why llamas trek across the Andes or why meerkats must set out on their own to find a mate.

There’s even a zebra crossing where porcupines will cross from one side of the enclosure to the other and kune kune pigs, llamas and donkeys will be frequenting the site on the regular.

As well as all the animals, the space itself is super fun with a hot air balloon and a replica of Charles Darwin’s boat, HMS Beagle, where children can climb, slide, shimmy, play peek a boo and engage their imaginations in adventures. There is also a climbing wall and a splash zone where little people can get busy with some water play (whilst parents sip coffee from the on-site cafe)

Animal Adventure opens to the public today (31st of July 2019) and it is included in the cost of a ZSL London Zoo ticket which is £26.50 for an adult, £17.28 for a child aged 3-15 and under 3s are free. More info & booking here. 

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