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London Zoo

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The giant London Zoo aviary

London Zoo was the world's first scientific zoo. Opened in 1828, and originally intended as a collection for scientific study, it was eventually made open to the public in 1847. Today it houses a collection of more than 650 different species of animals.

It is managed under the auspices of the Zoological Society of London, and is situated at the northern end of Regent's Park, London (the Regent's Canal runs through it). The Society also has a more spacious site at Whipsnade Wild Animal Park in Bedfordshire and the larger animals such as elephants and rhinos have been moved there.

As well as being the first scientific zoo, London Zoo also opened the first Reptile House (1849), first public Aquarium (1853), first insect house (1881) and the first children's zoo in 1938.

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London Zoo reptile house, where Harry Potter met the snake in the film version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
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Architecture

Since its earliest days, the zoo has prided itself on appointing leading architects to design its buildings. These include:

Filming at London Zoo

Many films and television programmes have been filmed at London Zoo, the most famous being the reptile house scene from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. (Note the corresponding scene from the original novel couldn't have taken place in the London Zoo, because later on it was stated that Harry had never been to London.)

Famous Animals

  • Winnie the Pooh : In 1914 the Zoo was given an American Black Bear by a Canadian Lieutenant. The famous author A.A. Milne visited with his son Christopher Robin, the boy was so enamoured with the bear Milne wrote the famous series of books for him.
  • Obaysch : When 'Obaysch' arrived at London Zoo it became the first hippo to be seen in Europe since the Roman Empire.

External link

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