New Land of the Lions at London Zoo

During the school holidays we were lucky enough to be invited to see the brand new Asiatic lion exhibit at ZSL London Zoo which was officially opened by HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

Lionesses Indi, Rubi and Heidi  are the stars of the Land of the Lions which is a £5.2m development that has been created to transport visitors from the heart of London to the vibrant setting of Sasan Gir in Gujarat, India – the last remaining stronghold of Asiatic lions – and bring visitors closer than ever to the big cats.

Lioness

Covering an expanse of 2,500sqm (27,000sqft), you enter Land of the Lions through a grand stone archway, pick up a ‘park pass’ at the Gir Tourist Information centre and explore Sasan Gir Train Station where, if you are lucky, the odd lion might be spotted snoozing on the tracks. The grand finale is the exhibit’s incredible centrepiece, a 360° Temple Clearing where the big cats will roam just metres away, separated only by fine wires.

Lioness

The setting is quite simply stunning with colourful murals, bunting flapping in the wind and authentic signage. The kids loved being given their diaries and seeing what they could spot and enjoyed sitting in the rickshaws. There were even some static bikes to ride to see if you could outrun a Lion – sadly I think we would have been dinner in the wild.

Rickshaw

What I love about London Zoo is that it is bigger than it looks, with so much to see and do that will delight all ages. The first time we went to London Zoo the kids were terrified of the Butterfly Paradise but this time they were desperate to see the beautiful creatures.

Butterfly

I have to admit that I avoided the new Spider walk through that brings people face-to-face with amazing arachnids from around the world, although the kids were brave and said it was amazing. Another new addition is the In with the Lemurs walk-through exhibit where you can get closer than ever before to their ring-tail lemurs.

Lemur

It is not just the Lemurs you can get up close and personal to, but also in Rainforest Life you get to explore a living rainforest and come face to face with a variety of amazing rainforest species including monkeys, sloth, armadillo and tamandua.

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My favourite thing to see is Penguin Beach were there is a large viewing area. I highly recommend seeing one of the shows although get their early as it fills up fast.

Penguin

In Gorilla Kingdom you not only get up close to a colony of western lowland gorillas, one of which has a tiny baby, but also some of the creatures that live in the forests where they come from.

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Into Africa offers the opportunity to come eye to eye with some of Africa’s most unusual animals including Giraffes, zebras, okapis, warthogs and African hunting dogs all feature in this exciting exhibit.

Giraffe

We saw Giraffe being hand fed by people who had booked onto the Zookeeper for a day experience which is something we would love to do ourselves.

Zebra

There is also the opportunity to visit the Reptile House and see where Harry Potter released the snake in the Chamber of Secrets, or visit the tigers in Tiger Territory. Sebastian’s favourite though is the aquarium which is home to hundreds of species of underwater creatures.

Aquarium

You really can have a whole day of fun at London Zoo with interactive experiences, play and picnic areas, rides and of course all the animals and birds to see.

London Zoo

Disclaimer: We were guests of London Zoo, all thoughts are our own.

23 thoughts on “New Land of the Lions at London Zoo

  1. Ah this looks fab. We were invited to this but I turned it down as when we last went I wasn’t really that impressed with the Zoo itself. You have a beautiful picture of the Lion, the first on on your post.
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  2. Eeee, we are going here in a few weeks for a birthday treat. I have only ever been once when i was around 5 and i got lost! I ended up being looked after by the nurse there until my aunty came to find me ha! So excited to go back with my children 🙂

  3. I try to get to London Zoo at least once a year (I usually pick the hottest day of the year). I’ve been waiting for the new enclosure to open so will look to go and take a peek soon. It has to be so much better than the old enclosure, it looked tiny and a bit miserable. Stephen
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  4. Oh this is just fabulous Kara, what a brilliant day out and how lovely to see the lions up close. We’ve been to Whipsnade a few times but not London Zoo. We must pay it a visit, it’s years since I’ve been. Poppy loves animals!

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