The London Zoo, also known as the Regent’s Zoo, is the oldest scientific zoo in the world and is home to well over 17,000 individual animals.
However, while a good majority of them are exotic or fearful-looking, such as the pride of lions and the band of Komodo dragons, there are a few cute ones that are easily the main attractions for families and young kids.
Here’s a quick look at some of the cutest ones you’ll find during your visit.
This exhibit just opened in March 2015 but has easily become one of the most adorable attractions in the London Zoo. To date there are fifteen ring-tailed lemurs as well as a single black and white ruffed lemur. The whole attraction is designed to resemble the lemurs’ natural habitat of Madagascar.
Penguins are adorable and children can instantly connect with the friendly birds. There are seventy Humboldt penguins and a single rockhopper penguin.
The latter will be very familiar to those who have seen the film “Surf’s Up,” in which the main character is a rockhopper trying to gain fame and fortune by being the best surfer in the world.
The black-capped squirrel monkey is a very curious and very friendly creature. It is so friendly that its habitat in the zoo has no boundary separating the visitors from the monkeys, allowing you to freely roam and interact with them.
Their small size doubles the adorable factor so if you got kids this is the exhibit to bring them to.
Galapagos giant tortoise
There are only five of these magnificent beasts in the London Zoo and of those five only one is a male, named Dirk. The females are named Priscilla, Dolores, Dolly and Polly.
While a giant reptile might not be the first thing that comes to mind when someone calls for a cute animal, spending some time with these large tortoises will instantly make anyone fall in love with these gentle giants.
Birds are always adorable and the burrowing owl trumps the majority of choices you can find in the London zoo. However, one of the best features is that they are active during the day instead of being nocturnal like most owls.
This makes them the ideal choice for taking photos, just make sure you keep the flash off. They also have long legs which enables them to sprint instead of merely hopping about.