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The Snowdon Aviary
London Zoo is located on the northern side of regents Park, the nearest underground tube station is Camden Town.

The Zoo opened in 1828 to house a collection of exotic animals for study by eminent scientists of the day. It was not until 1847 that the Zoo was opened to the public and eventually became the best known Zoo in the world.

Today the Zoo houses 650 species of animals including an impressive range of reptiles, fish, invertebrates, birds and smaller mammals. Of these 112 are recorded as threatened and the Zoo also participates in breeding programmes for 130 species.
When London Zoo was created in 1827, Decimus Burton was commissioned to lay out the grounds and design the animal enclosures. Since then many other leading architects have contributed to the Zoo buildings, creating a collection of buildings that includes two grade I and eight grade II listed structures. The best known of these are the Giraffe House by Burton in 1836, the Snowdon Aviary in 1962-4, the Round House by Tecton in 1932 and the Penguin Pool also by Tecton in 1934.

During the history of London Zoo there have been several famous or infamous animals. These include Guy the Gorilla whose fearsome appearance disguised a very gentle nature, he died of a heart attackMeercats after a tooth extraction in 1978. Goldie the Eagle who escaped in 1965 and became a media celebrity, causing traffic jams as 5000 people tried to spot him as he flew around the capital. Winnie an American Black Bear who was deposited at the Zoo by a Canadian lieutenant in 1914 at the start of the first World war and was visited by AA milne and his son Christopher, inspiring the stories of Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin. Obaysch who arrived in 1850 doubling the number of visitors that year, who wanted to view the first Hippopotamus to be seen in Europe since Roman times.

Most people who live within reach of the Capital have been taken to London Zoo as a child, including myself, it now has a lot more competition with the many modern Safari and Wildlife parks and struggles to offer the standard of accommodation demanded for some larger animals. But it is still well worth a visit when in the Capital.
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