Daily talks at London Zoo

Get closer to nature and learn more about animals from across the world.  Our daily animal talks share the latest understanding of endangered species, their habitats, and how we can protect them.

These talks are subject to change, please check our ‘What’s On’ boards when you arrive for accurate timings and additional pop-up talks throughout the day. 

Daily events

Asiatic lion Bhanu at London Zoo
11:00 am - Land of the Lions

Lion Talk

Transport yourself to Gujarat in India and learn more about the King and Queen of the Jungle!

Ruppell's griffon Vulture close-up
11:30 am - Land of the Lions

Vulture Talk

Learn more about our misunderstood vultures, the threats they face in the wild, and how ZSL is working to protect them.

two meerkats London zoo
12:00 pm - Meerkats and Otters

Meerkat and Otter Talk

Pull up a spot by the pool and learn about our fantastic otters while they enjoy some lunch, before crossing the desert to hear about some marvellous meerkats.

Owl on podium at London Zoo
12:00 pm - Display Lawn

Super Species Live

Get up close and personal with astonishing species from around the world and find out how their natural behaviours help them the thrive in the wild.

A group of Humboldt penguins on Penguin Beach at London Zoo
1:30 pm - Penguin Beach

Penguin Talk

Learn all about our flippered friends and their amazing adaptations.

 Galápagos tortoise Dolly eating some leaves
3:00 pm - Giants of the Galápagos

Galápagos Tortoise Talk

Warm yourself up by the equator while you hear all about our mind-blowing giants – Polly, Dolly and Priscilla!

A giraffe at London Zoo with a ball feeder
4:00 pm - Giraffe House

Giraffe Talk

Learn all about the world’s tallest mammals and their incredible adaptations.

Learn more about these animals

  • Asiatic lion Bhanu poses surrounded by autumn leaves
    Panthera leo persica

    Asiatic lion

    There are only several hundred Asiatic lions in the wild, and they only live in the Gir Forest, India, in an area that is smaller than Greater London.

  • Ruppell's griffon vulture close up
    Gyps rueppelli

    Ruppell’s griffon vulture

    This vulture holds the record for the greatest flying height recorded for any bird.

  • A meerkat at London Zoo
    Suricata suricatta

    Slender-tailed meerkat

    Despite their cute appearance, meerkat mobs are territorial and have a strict hierarchal infrastructure in which social positions can impact on an individual’s lifespan.

  • Two Asian short-clawed otters at London Zoo
    Aonyx cinereus

    Asian short-clawed otter

    Young otters do not open their eyes until they are 40 days old, taking their first swim after about nine weeks old.

  • A brown-nosed coati surrounded by trees at London Zoo
    Nasua nasua

    Brown-nosed coati

    Coatis act as farmers in the forest, picking and eating fruit and then dispersing seeds in their droppings – effectively planting new fruit trees.

  • Humboldt penguin underwater swimming at London Zoo
    Spheniscus humboldti

    Humboldt Penguin

    Humbolt penguins are from the beaches of Peru and Chile, and can swim speeds of up to 30mph!

  • Two Galapagos tortoises at London Zoo
    Chelonoidis sp.

    Galapagos tortoise

    With a lifespan of 177 years old, some Galapagos tortoises alive today would have around since before the American civil war. 

  • Giraffes in their indoor and outdoor enclosures at London Zoo
    Giraffa camelopardalis


    Giraffes have the same number of neck bones as humans – although theirs are linked by ball and socket joints enabling them far greater flexibility. 

  • Our animals