Getting to see the zoo come alive at night is definitely a reason to attend ZSL London Zoo’s Sunset Safari!
Have you ever wondered what the animals get up to when the zoo closes and the sun goes down? Well, ZSL London Zoo’s Sunset Safari is the perfect chance to find out. The event allows visitors to see the zoo and over 750 species at sunset, and it really is a sight to behold in the evening.
Keen to see as many animals as possible, we set off for a nice long walk around the zoo. Our first stop off was at the penguin pool where we listened to a fun and informative talk all about our favourite bird species. It was great to see the penguins being fed as they were whizzing around the pool, but the best bit was when Ricky the rockhopper penguin finally graced us with his presence and showed us where he gets his name (by hopping on to the rocks one by one in the most comedic fashion).
By far the best thing about visiting the zoo at night was seeing how active the animals were. The giraffes, for example were galloping up and down their enclosure and flexing their incredible long tongues as they fed. Other favourite moments included the butterfly house and seeing the Atlas moth, one of the world’s largest butterflies, the pygmy hippo (by far the cutest animal in the zoo) and having a sloth hanging literally above our heads in Rainforest Life.
Our only disappointment of the evening was passing the gorilla house and being told it was closed. We understood, but we were devastated to be told the reason was that there was a baby gorilla!! Letting us know this just made it worse. Luckily, we have just heard that tiger cubs have also been born so it just means we’ll have to make a return visit!
Once we had finished walking round the zoo we got a bite to eat at the delicious street food festival and we had our faces painted like tigers – grrrr!!! Not only is it wonderful being able to get close to wildlife, but the event really makes you feel like a kid again. We’d definitely recommend it!
Snap up your tickets quick! There are only two dates left: 8 July and 15 July! Visit www.zsl.org/sunset-safari to book.