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Celebrate the Zoobilee at ZSL London Zoo

Lizz Banks
Authored by Lizz Banks
Posted: Saturday, April 23, 2022 - 13:09

London’s zoo will celebrate HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee during May half-term  

Saturday 28 May – Sunday 5 June 2022 

Visitors to ZSL London Zoo this May half-term are invited to join the Zoobilee Festival – a week-long wildlife-themed celebration to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.  

From Saturday 28 May to Sunday 5 June, ZSL London Zoo will pay tribute to its Royal Patron, HM The Queen Elizabeth II, with a new outdoor picture gallery charting the Zoo’s royal history and a series of regally British activities in the Zoo’s blooming gardens. 

With children’s storytime sessions, face-painting, lawn games and a series of four-legged visitors throughout the day – including alpacas Alpacaccino, Cuenca and Cookie, and the Zoo’s herd of friendly pygmy goats – ZSL London Zoo’s Zoobilee Festival is the perfect half-term day out with the family.  

picture of penguin beach at london zoo Picture of Penguin Island and London Zoo

Grown-ups can relax on summer deckchairs, or picnic under colourful bunting, while children can bring their treasured teddies to join the wildest Teddy Bear’s Picnic around.  

Pick up a real picnic from the Zoo’s Terrace Restaurant and snack on traditional British favourites including finger sandwiches and cream teas - surrounded by majestic Asiatic lions, Humboldt penguins and more than 14,000 other regal animals from around the world.  

Discover the kings and queens of the animal kingdom at a fun animal talk, or head to a pop-up Q&A with the Zoo’s team of expert keepers, vets and gardeners to explore more royal wildlife connections – such as which animals have natural ‘crowns’ and why. 

Tour a new royal gallery celebrating international conservation charity ZSL’s long history with the Royal family, which dates all the way back to 1829, when ZSL was first granted a prestigious Royal Charter by King George IV.  

Find out about The Queen’s visits to London’s zoo as a child, before becoming Patron of ZSL upon her coronation – and how Her Majesty has supported the conservation charity and its two zoos, London and Whipsnade, in the 70 years since. 

Picture of Pygmy Hippo at ZSL London Zoo Image of Pygmy Hippo at ZSL London Zoo

ZSL London Zoo’s Chief Operating Officer Kathryn England said: “The Zoobilee Festival is a chance for us to pay tribute to our longest-serving Patron while celebrating our royal history – and for our visitors to enjoy a great day out while learning about the kings and queens of the animal kingdom. 

“We’ve been grateful for Her Majesty’s support throughout her reign; she has visited and opened new exhibits, met our zookeepers and veterinarians, and toured new exhibits - learning what goes on behind the scenes to care for the animals, alongside ZSL’s global conservation work.” 

For a right royal family day out this May half-term, book your tickets to the Zoobilee Festival at ZSL London Zoo today at www.zsl.org/london-zoo    

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