ZSL, or the Zoological Society of London, is a charity focusing on animal and habitat conservation. Created in 1826, the initial aim was to create a zoological collection, which eventually became London Zoo. In the twentieth century, a more natural environment to study animals was conceived by the current secretary, and in 1931 Whipsnade Zoo was born. Along with these, ZSL focuses on conservation so that animals can stay in nature, along with research, fundraising and wildlife education.
ZSL London Zoo is in Regent’s Park and is the world’s oldest scientific zoo, as well as being the first of the zoos in London. It has been the first in many areas, including having the first reptile house, first public aquarium, and first insect house.
Whipsnade Zoo is in Dunstable, Bedfordshire. As a larger site, many animals such as elephants and rhinos have been moved to that space.
Follow in scientific footsteps when you take a trip to one of the ZSL zoos.