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Giraffes in London Zoo

Giraffes in London Zoo

As a part of its history, the London Zoo has had some firsts that it has accomplished. Founded by Sir Stamford Raffles in 1826, the London Zoo opened to the public in 1847.

The London Zoo was the first scientific zoo and it is one of the oldest zoos in the world still in operation. At that time, the animals, who were housed in the early zoo, were studied by scientists. An early name for the zoo was the London Zoological Gardens.

Animals Came From Private Collection

The animals, which were in the zoo in its earliest day, were from the wildlife collections of such notable places as the Windsor Castle and the Tower of London. Unlike anything that was seen in England before, the animals were a hit and the zoo continued to grow.

Because of the building being created during the Victorian era, some of the structures have been created in the neoclassical style, including the Tudor style Clock Tower and the Giraffe House. In 1849, visitors could tour the Reptile House. The Aquarium at the zoo, which opened in 1853, was the first public aquarium that the world could visit. It was not until 1881 that the Insect House opened.

Winnie The Pooh And The London Zoo

One of the most beloved fictional characters of children’s stories was inspired by a bear at the zoo. It was in 1924, that the actual Christopher Robin, A. A. Milne’s young son, was introduced to a bear named Winnie at the zoo. Christopher Robin was able to spend time with the bear in its enclosure and became attached to the bruin.

Before long, Christopher was calling his teddy bear “Winnie the Pooh”. A. A. Milne began to record “Winnie the Pooh” stories, which were populated with other stuffed animals with which his son played. The names of these stuffed animals are well known to fans of the Winnie the Pooh stories and these names include Eeyore, Rabbit, Tigger, Owl, Rabbit, Piglet, Kanga and Roo.

Beloved Animals From The Zoo’s Early Days

The animals in the London Zoo soon became beloved to the public. Famous animals that lived in the zoo include Obaysch, a hippopotamus, which was favored by Queen Victoria. Other animals that made an impression on the public were Chi-Chi the Giant panda, Cholmondley, the cigarette-smoking chimpanzee and Jumbo the elephant.

Natural Habitat For The Animals

In 1913, the public was invited to see the cold weather animals that were kept in conditions that were made to resemble their home artic environment. After this accomplishment, the zoo displayed their monkeys and apes and zebras and other hoofed African grazing animals in their own separate and simulated natural habitat.

There is much diversity of wildlife represented at the London Zoo today. The menagerie of the zoo’s earliest days has grown to over 800 species that are represented in the London Zoo. The diverse wildlife is housed in 13 buildings and enclosures. It is possible to visit birds, amphibians, insects, invertebrates, reptiles, fish and smaller animals at the London Zoo. As a part of the London Zoo’s efforts to help the wildlife survive in the future, the zoo participates in breeding programs involving the animals.

People will always love and enjoy visiting the London Zoo. The London Zoo has allowed the public to learn about and watch hundreds of species of animals that are housed at the London Zoo for over 160 years now and it is expected with the constant developments and plans to improve the zoo, that people will continue to visit the animals at the zoo for a long time.

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