New attractions for London Zoo as lockdown eases in the UK – South London News

Two thrilling new attractions are in retailer for guests to London Zoo this spring as the nation prepares for the subsequent stage of lockdown easing.

On Monday, as a part of the Government’s plan out of the lockdown, indoor leisure might be allowed, and the zoo might be inviting guests to enter the world of Tiny Giants – a brand new, immersive exhibit celebrating the planet’s smallest however mightiest animals.

Shining a highlight on the planet’s smallest superheroes, from underwater corals and the aquatic wildlife they assist, to industrious leafcutter ants, spiders and beetles – the exhibit celebrates the species we fairly actually couldn’t dwell with out.

Postponed from 2020 as a results of the pandemic, Tiny Giants: From Minibeasts to Coral Reefs will open to the public on Monday.

Visitors will be given a bugs-eye view of the world, as they discover themselves shrunk to the dimension of an ant, surrounded by a backyard of large leaves and flowers, to enter the zoo’s latest exhibit.

See by means of the eyes of a bug – from multi-lensed bees and HD imaginative and prescient leaping spiders to the psychedelic sight of a mantis shrimp, earlier than attempting to spot miniature masters of camouflage and assembly the multi-talented aquatic animals who clear our oceans, seas and rivers.

Take a break beneath the watery lights of a seven-metre-long reef aquarium, the place guests can watch colleges of reef fish, together with clownfish and blue tangs – recognized to many as Nemo and Dory; go to the zoo’s Partula Lab, the place critically endangered tree snails are being reared as a part of a significant breeding and reintroduction programme to avoid wasting the species from extinction; and make a journey to In with the Spiders and the UK’s solely spider walkthrough – the place nothing stands between guests and a litter of golden orb spiders in their lovely webs – plus uncover different superb arachnids and their unbelievable abilities.

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Once your Tiny Giants journey is full, head to the zoo’s Wildlife Garden to learn to make gardens and windowsills throughout the nation a welcoming place for these small however mighty creatures.

Then, throughout May half-term the Very Hungry Caterpillar will be a part of his animal pals at the Zoo for a transformational week of storytelling and actions celebrating the well-known image guide and its ravenous, wriggly hero.

Tiny Giants, opening at ZSL London Zoo in May, might be free with zoo entry – guide your tickets now right here.

In line with social distancing measures, guests should guide tickets in advance. Entry is through a contactless system at the gates and numbers are restricted so guests can remember to really feel extremely protected at the zoo.

Handwashing services can be found all through the zoo and outside benches and tables are cleaned totally all through the day. Takeaway meals solely is at the moment obtainable.

More info will be discovered right here.

Kathryn England, Chief Operating Officer for ZSL London Zoo stated: “With our tried and examined security measures in place, we’re greater than able to welcome individuals again for a much-needed enjoyable time out.

“The pleasure inside London Zoo, from each zookeepers and guests, has been heartwarming: seeing so many completely satisfied faces of all ages has undoubtedly made us really feel hopeful for a tremendous spring and summer time at the Zoo – and now we have a number of thrilling occasions deliberate for as restrictions are eased.

“Being closed for so lengthy means now we have an extended highway to restoration forward of us, however fortunately the smartest thing individuals can now do to assist us is merely to guide a ticket to go to.”

Elsewhere zookeepers are celebrating the arrival of a new Asiatic lioness at the zoo after welcoming a new mate for male Bhanu – as a part of the world breeding programme for the endangered species.


Four-year-old Arya, who travelled to London from Paignton Zoo on April 27, has spent her first few days at the Zoo settling in, earlier than briefly venturing exterior just lately for the first time, the place zookeepers noticed her tail waving in amongst the leaves.

Zookeeper Tara Humphreys stated: “Arya is a full of life younger lion who is especially keen on climbing timber, which she’ll discover in abundance in her new Land of the Lions dwelling – her favorite scent is peppermint, which she completely adores rolling in, so we’ve made positive to refill on loads of contemporary bunches as a housewarming current.

“At the second, Arya is sticking to primarily night-time explorations of her new paddock, so we’ve been giving her a little bit of privateness whereas she settles in – however we did spot her peeking at us from behind the bushes when she crept exterior immediately, and he or she’ll enterprise out increasingly as she grows in confidence.”

To make means for Arya’s arrival, zookeepers waved a fond fur effectively to London-born lionesses Heidi, Indi and Rubi, who moved to Germany’s Schwerin Zoo on April 8.

Big cat workforce chief Kate Sanders added: “Arya can also be the daughter of certainly one of London Zoo’s former lions, Lucifer, so it feels notably becoming that she’s right here, the place her father spent so many completely satisfied years: a lot of our common guests can have fond reminiscences of Lucifer and we’re positive they’ll be excited to go to his daughter over the coming months.”

An Endangered species, wild Asiatic lions are immediately discovered in only one small space of Gujarat, India, the place roughly 500 stay in a forest the dimension of London – ZSL London Zoo’s Land of the Lions, opened in 2016 by HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, is designed to inform the story of those majestic felines and the work being finished to guard them.

Support ZSL London Zoo whereas having fun with a roarsome time out: discover out extra and guide tickets on-line now right here.



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