picture of Meerkats at Whipsnade Zoo celebrating the Kings coronation Whipsnade Zoo

Family fun at Whipsnade Zoo for the Coronation

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Keepers at London and Whipsnade Zoos prepare for Coronation Weekend celebrations 

Animals at ZSL’s conservation zoos got into the royal spirit this week, after zookeepers put up red, white and blue bunting in preparation for the Coronation Weekend. 

Critically Endangered Western Lowland gorillas and Bolivian black-capped squirrel monkeys woke up at London Zoo to find their home transformed by the decorations in honour of the historic event, while Charlie the Humboldt penguin represented his namesake, King Charles III, on London Zoo’s iconic Penguin Beach.  

Over at Whipsnade Zoo, meerkats Bibbity, Pixie and Joey tucked into some tasty and nutritious crickets underneath Union flag bunting to mark the forthcoming festivities, while the conservation zoo’s troop of endangered ring-tailed lemurs leapt agilely from bunting covered branch to branch to investigate theirs. 

picture of Critically endangered western lowland gorilla Gernot mark the Coronation at London Zoo Both conservation zoos are part of international conservation charity ZSL, whose vital work has been supported by the Royal Family since 1826, when it was first granted a Royal Charter by King George IV.  

Since then, every monarch, including the late Queen Elizabeth II, has served as ZSL’s Royal Patron – inspiring support for nature by shining an important spotlight on the work of the conservation zoos and championing ZSL’s wider work protecting species and restoring ecosystems across the world. 

King Charles III has been a supporter of ZSL since joining ZSL’s Exceptional Young Zoologist Club aged just 13: A life-long champion of wildlife, in his capacity as the Prince of Wales, His Majesty became ZSL’s Vice Patron in 2014. 

From Saturday 6 – Monday 8 May, visitors to London Zoo can enjoy a jam-packed programme of Royal activities. Families can discover the Kings and Queens of the animal kingdom at lively animal talks, learning about a whole host of ‘royal’ animals, including Bhanu the Asiatic lion ‘king’ in Land of the Lions. The new area was opened by Her Majesty The Queen in 2016, when the then-Monarch toured the immersive space and learnt about ZSL’s work protecting the Endangered species in India.  

Visitors to Whipsnade Zoo can watch the conservation zoo’s majestic herd of Endangered Asian elephants at the Centre for Elephant Care - home to young elephant Elizabeth, named after Her Majesty to celebrate her 90th birthday in 2016.  

All additional Coronation activities at London Zoo are included with zoo entry and under 3s go for free at both zoos, making a ZSL conservation zoo a right royal day out for the whole family this Coronation weekend. Book ahead today at www.londonzoo.org or www.whipsnadezoo.org.  


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