Nature of the Capital 2014

London and the World's oldest zoo.

The primary purpose of this visit to London was for a behind-the-scenes tour of London Zoo. Renowned as the oldest zoo (for scientific purposes rather than a menagerie for aesthetic or entertainment purposes) in the World, it opened in 1828, and later allowed public visits from 1857. As with most reputable major zoos, its main purpose now is to aid in global conseration efforts, preserving endangered species, taking part in their breeding programmes, and educating the public about the needs of these animals. The public viewing part also helps to fund the more serious work behind the scenes. With over 750 species and well over 17'000 animals at London Zoo, this will be a fairly large gallery, though it will only show a small fraction of their collection.

Non-zoo pictures of London are towards the end of the gallery.