Zoobilee Festival: ZSL London Zoo animals will celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with special events

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ZSL London Zoo is holding its own Zoobilee Festival in honour of The Queen, with eco-friendly crafts, a royal treasure hunt and much more.

The week-long Zoobilee Festival at London Zoo will celebrate the Platinum Jubilee during the bank holiday weekend.

The Penguin Beach home has already been decorated ahead of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, and patriotic penguin Charles has been inspecting the Union Jack bunting placed in his home.

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The wildlife-themed celebrations at ZSL London Zoo will pay tribute to its Royal Patron, Her Majesty The Queen.

The first in a number of tributes will be the new outdoor photo gallery charting the Zoo’s royal history.

The Queen has paid many royal visits to the Zoo, including to open pavilions, exhibitions, a centre for elephant care, and to unveil two lion enclosures.

The Zoobilee activities will be included in your entry ticket - as well as the chance to see the Zoo’s 15,000 animals.

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 Patriotic penguin Charles inspects Jubilee bunting placed in his Penguin Beach home ahead of next week’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations at ZSL London Zoo. (Credit:  Zoological Society of London) Patriotic penguin Charles inspects Jubilee bunting placed in his Penguin Beach home ahead of next week’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations at ZSL London Zoo. (Credit:  Zoological Society of London)
Patriotic penguin Charles inspects Jubilee bunting placed in his Penguin Beach home ahead of next week’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations at ZSL London Zoo. (Credit: Zoological Society of London) | Zoological Society of London

What are the events happening during the Zoobilee Festival at ZSL London Zoo?

There will be a series of regally British activities in the Zoo’s blooming gardens, including children’s storytime sessions, face-painting, an interactive family game show and lawn games.

Children can bring their favourite cuddly toy to take part in the teddy picnic, where there will be a Q&A session with the zoo keepers.

At selected times, you will be able to get closer to your favourite four-legged zoo animals, including alpacas Alpacaccino, Cuenca and Cookie.

The pigs, llamas and the friendly herd of pygmy goats will also be out and about during animal walk arounds.

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Take your kids bug hunting and pond dipping to discover the native wildlife in the secret English country garden, or watch them decorate their own animal crowns as part of the Zoo’s eco-friendly crafts.

Children, and adults, can also learn more by sitting in on an animal talk, or visiting the photo exhibition of royal visits to see how The Queen has supported London Zoo over the years.

There will be an opportunity to pre-book picnic food, including classic British sandwiches, as well as garden party picnic snacks, including scotch eggs, vol-au-vents and sausage rolls.

There is even Pimms for the grown-ups.

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