Then go and spend a marvellous day out at the zoo and see the gorillas.
On the hottest day of the year so far, keepers at London Zoo came up with an ingeniously yummy way to cool off Western Lowland Gorillas Mjukuu, Effie, Gernot and Alika - with their biggest treat ever as the temperature reached 34 degrees - their very own sugar-free supersize ice lollies made with frozen fruit tea and sugar-free apple squash.
The ice blocks – which contained a 280kg of frozen fruit tea and sugar-free apple squash in total – were almost as big as youngsters Alika and Gernot, who enjoyed playing with the huge cubes and foraging for encased frozen nuts in the sunshine.
The supersized lollies were made by dedicated keepers in a walk-in freezer on-site at the Zoo and took two days to freeze.
ZSL London Zoo reopened to the public on Monday 15 June after an unprecedented three months of closure due to the coronavirus lockdown. The loss of income put the charity zoo under huge financial pressure as they continued to provide the highest level of care for their animals. Now open to limited numbers only, ZSL, the international conservation charity behind the Zoo, is calling on the public to help ensure they stay open by booking a ticket, joining as a member or donating to ZSL at www.zsl.org/justgiving
New safety measures on site include:
· All visitors must book tickets in advance
· Contactless entry
· Limited visitors per day, split into morning and afternoon slots
· Takeaway food only available
· 2m distancing markers in place around the zoo
· Three one-way trails to keep visitors flowing in the same direction
· Handwashing facilities and sanitiser available throughout the zoo
· Outdoor benches and tables meticulously cleaned throughout the day
· Animal talks have been suspended to avoid gathering crowds
Ensure ZSL’s Zoos remain open
ZSL London and Whipsnade Zoos were able to reopen to the public on Monday 15 June after an unprecedented three months of closure due to the coronavirus lockdown. Reliant on income from ticket sales to care for the animals and fund their global conservation efforts, the enforced closure put the charity zoos under huge financial pressure. Vets and zookeepers continued to provide the highest level of care for their animals, working throughout lockdown. Now open to limited numbers only, ZSL, the international conservation charity behind the Zoos, is calling on the public to help ensure they remain open by booking a zoo ticket, joining as a member or donating to ZSL at www.zsl.org
ZSL London Zoo
An iconic London landmark, ZSL London Zoo reopened to the public on Monday 15th June after an unprecedented three months closed to the public. Nestled in the heart of Regent’s Park, the Zoo opened to scientists in 1828 and to the public in 1847. Pre-dating the invention of the telephone, it’s had six reigning monarchs as its Royal Patron, and survived two world wars – closing only briefly during WWII upon instruction from the government, before being re-opened to boost the morale of Londoners.