London Zoo Membership


ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade will open again on 12 April 2021 - thank goodness for that!  The animals are really looking forward to seeing everyone! 

Now, before membership matters, you  need to be aware that to visit either zoo, you must book online in advance. 

Both zoos are open from 12th April and obviously, because of the coronavirus, they have had to put special procedures in place to protect both people (visitors and staff) and all the animals.   Please stick to them.  So:

  • There are limited number of visitors to the zoo, with a strickly limited number of tickets on sale every day, split across various time slots to spread visitors throughout the day. to help the zoos manage capacities, all tickets must now be booked online in advance, direct with ZSL.
  • There are 3 one-way routes operating around London Zoo which are clearly signposted - these will help with social distancing
  • Keeper talks and animal experiences are not running - this avoids groups of people in one area
  • Indoor animal enclosures and walk throughs are closed while national restrictions apply - ZSL anticipiates these opening again from 17 May
  • Where queues might occur, such as Zoo entrance, staff have carefully marked out areas to help you all keep a safe 2m distance from each other
  • There are hand sanitizer and handwash stations at regular stops around the zoo so that you can wash their hands often
  • Barriers are in certain places where it is more difficult to maintain social distancing e.g. at tills
  • Only contactless payments, including debit cards, credit cards, Apple Pay and Google Pay are accepted - no cash

For more information, take a look at the FAQs page 

Let's talk about ZSL Membership!

Become a member and enjoy a whole year of wonder-full wild days out at both ZSL London and Whipsnade Zoos! Sunny days, adventurous days, unforgettable days... experience amazing wildlife all year round and help protect animals too!  You do need to book online in advance.  Of course, you also have the knowledge that you're contributing to ZSL's conservation work, helping to protect animals and habitats around the world

Join today!

Donate to look after the animals during the Covid-19 virus


ZSL need help!

ZSL have 20,000 animals in their care and they are working on conservation projects around the world.  They urgently need our help whether you visit or not.    The UK Government set up a zoo fund for zoos to access but it has been absolutely useless for large zoos like ZSL who cannot access it because of its criteria.  You can find out more here  - BIAZA (that's the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) want the government to set up a Zoo Recovery Fund.  You can write to your MP about this here

All donations will be doubled until 4th January 2021
Please donate here. 

5 Ways you can help:

  1. Give a gift membership 
  2. Adopt an animal - sloths, tigers, elephants, penguins, giraffes and lions
  3. Simply donate - you could send the recipient a card, e-card or email to say that you've done this on their behalf for their Christmas present this year
  4. Buy a ticket for a future visit
  5. Buy something from the online shop
Give a gift membership

More about ZSL

The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) was founded in 1826.  It is an international scientific, conservation and educational charity and its vision is "a world where animals are valued, and their conservation assured"  Its mission is to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats.  It does this through its groundbreaking science, involvement in conservation projects in more than 50 countries and also its zoos - ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.

London Zoo is based in Regent's Park in London.  There are komodo dragons, the newly opened Tiger Territory, Penguin Beach, the Reptile House, Gorilla Kingdom, Rainforest Life , Galapagos tortoises, Buttefly Paradise, meerkats, squirrel monkeys, otters and reindeers.  There are also lions & tigers - birds, and an aquarium.

Whipsnade Zoo is set in 600 acres of beautiful parkland in the Chiltern Hills, just north of London, in Bedfordshire.  It is home to 2,500 animals & 200 species, many of whom are endangered species.  Tigers, rhinos, giraffes, lynx, bears, wolves, cheetahs, lemurs, lions, sealions, hippos, red pandas, penguins, a children's farm, otters, pgymy marmosets, pythons and boas, chimps and elephants are just some of the animals you can see. 

You could adopt an animal for a gift

Give a gift from ZSL's online shop 

ZSL has lots of gorgeous gifts for everyone in the family, plus of course animal adoptions such as adopting a sloth.  It's a great way to support ZSL!  There are gifts for all the family, with soft toys, books, greeting cards, jewellery, clothing and accessories and more! Why not give ZSL an extra gift for all their work to help conservation and look after the animals in their care, by giving them a donation as well?  The animals would be very grateful. 

Browse ZSL's shop here

Please note that click and collect is not available at the moment (due to the coronavirus)


All pictures copyright to ZSL London Zoo