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ZSL London Zoo reopens to the public – June 15th 2020

Photographs (c) ZSL London Zoo

Visitors arrived at ZSL London Zoo on Monday 15 June 2020 to enjoy the official reopening of the attraction, three months after it closed to the public for the first time since WW2.

Lucky visitors who secured one of the 2,000 sold-out tickets to the reopening formed a socially-distanced queue to enter the iconic 36 acre park, before safely following one of three mapped out nature routes laid out across the site.

Photographs (c) ZSL London Zoo

Standing 2 metres apart, the public enjoyed visiting the Zoo’s popular zoo residents, including Critically Endangered Western lowland gorillas Mjukuu, Effie, Gernot and Alika, Sumatran tiger Asim and Asiatic lions Heidi, Indi, Rubi and Bhanu alongside the lively Humboldt penguin colony at Penguin Beach.

Photographs (c) ZSL London Zoo

The Zoo is limiting visitors to 2,000 people per day, with pre-booked tickets only. A one-way system is in place, with three prescribed routes ensuring guests remain socially-distanced, while getting to explore the whole zoo. Catering outlets are takeaway only, and all payments will be contactless. Some indoor exhibits, including the Reptile House and BUGS House will remain closed for now.

Photographs (c) ZSL London Zoo

ZSL London Zoo will carry on fundraising to recoup the charity’s lost income for the three month period.

Photographs (c) ZSL London Zoo

Safety measures introduced:

All visitors must book tickets in advance

Contactless entry

Limited to 2,000 visitors per day, split into morning and afternoon slots

Takeaway food only available

2m distancing markers in place around the zoo

Three one-way trails to keep visitors flowing in the same direction

Handwashing facilities and sanitiser available throughout the zoo

Outdoor benches and tables cleaned throughout the day

Animal talks have been suspended to avoid gathering crowds

Indoor and walkthrough exhibits such as the Reptile House will not yet be accessible to the public.

For more information or book tickets, visit the London Zoo website here

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