ZSL London Zoo
ZSL London Zoo is open every day of the year except Christmas Day.
From 1 April 2017
From 4 September 2017
From 21 October 2017
From 29 October 2017
Founded in 1826, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is an international scientific, conservation and educational charity whose mission is to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats.
Our mission is realised through our groundbreaking science, our active conservation projects in more than 50 countries and our two Zoos, ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.
Respecting and valuing animals and the natural world
Our belief is that a diverse and healthy natural world is valuable in its own right and is essential for ensuring secure and healthy lives for people. This motivates ZSL’s vision and mission, and our other core values follow from this.
Inspiring conservation action
By actively 'Working for Wildlife' and showcasing our efforts in the field, we hope to motivate others to take conservation action in their daily lives.
Achieving excellence in our field
Building on our heritage, Royal Patronage since 1831 and reputation as a learned society, we aim to be an authoritative source of information and good practice for the scientific study, conservation and husbandry of animals.
We aim also to make efficient and effective use of available resources to achieve the highest possible standards in everything we do, in the operation of a successful and innovative conservation organisation.
Acting ethically, responsibly and sustainably
We aim to operate in fair and justifiable ways that do not conflict with our mission or objectives, and which respect the environment.
Valuing everyone we work with
We support and value teamwork and collaboration, strive for fair and equitable treatment of everyone with whom we work and come into contact with, and aim to act with respect and courtesy in all our dealings.
Since Sir Stamford Raffles founded ZSL in 1826, there have been a number of achievements in our conservation work in the wild as well as at ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. Read more about ZSL's history
Over the years ZSL has been home to many famous animals, including Guy the gorilla, Goldie the golden eagle and Winnie, who became one of the most famous bears in the world. Find out more about ZSL's Famous animals.
When London Zoo opened in 1828, Decimus Burton was called on to lay out the grounds and house the animals. Many other leading architects have since contributed to the built environment of the Zoo, creating a collection of buildings that includes two Grade I and eight Grade II listed structures.
Read more about the ZSL's amazing architecture.