London Zoo is the world’s oldest scientific zoo. It was opened in London on 27 April 1828,and was originally intended to be used as a collection for scientific study. It was eventually opened to the public in 1847. For almost 180 years, its collection of natural wonders has been delighting visitors. Today it houses a collection of 755 species of animals, with 16,802 individuals, making it one of the largest collections in the United Kingdom. Here’s a collection of vintage photos in the London’s zoo.
It is managed under the aegis of the Zoological Society of London (established in 1826), and is situated at the northern edge of Regent’s Park (the Regent’s Canal runs through it). The Society also has a more spacious site at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire to which the lager animals such as elephants and rhinos have been moved. As well as being the first scientific zoo, ZSL London Zoo also opened the first Reptile house (1849), first public Aquarium (1853), first insect house (1881) and the first children’s zoo (1938).