The world’s oldest scientific zoo, the Zoological Society of London was founded in 1826.
And in all its 190 years, it probably hasn’t presided over a more breathtaking project than this – the Land of the Lions.
Home to a pride of endangered Asiatic lions, this £5.2million enclosure offers an awe-inspiring view of the big cat’s world, where visitors can stroll just metres from the animals, separated by just a few fine wires.
Wild Asiatic lions are found only in the Gir Forest region of the Indian state of Gujarat. Protected by law, the lions play an important role in the community, which deeply values the presence of the big cats. Unfortunately, the lions are at threat there from disease and from some people who are less comfortable with their presence.
The Zoo’s designers have recreated the lions’ home environment, so visitors may view them in as natural a situation as possible. Rickshaws, spice sacks, rangers’ huts and even a truck have been shipped from India and are now positioned around the enclosure – highlighting the close proximity in which Asiatic lions live with people in their native habitat.
If this doesn’t impress, the zoo does have meerkats and penguins, too.
ZSL London Zoo
London NW1 4RY
Tel: 0344 225 1826
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