Animals in London - things to do & days out in London

London has a number of animal attractions & nature related things to do, all of which will help you get active. There are free things to do in London, as well, such as strolling through the many beautiful London parks on a wonderful sunny day.  A number of these will have the chance to volunteer with animals in London, too
ZSL London Zoo  Treat your children to a visit to London or Whipsnade Zoo. With the chance to see some of their favourite animals including the Meerkat, Pygmy hippopotamus &The Eurasian Brown Bear they will never want to leave. There are over 650 animal species to discover, a Children's Zoo and an exciting new exhibit, Rainforest Life. From feeding time to animal demonstrations, there's something for everyone. You can buy tickets online at London Zoo's web site and there's lots of info to help you plan a really fantastic daty.  There are also animal experiences to enjoy including Meet the Penguins!
Visit   The Household Cavalry Museum
A unique behind the scenes look at the work that goes into the ceremonial duties and operational role of The Household Cavalry. From a glazed screen inside the museum, you can see into the working stables of The Queen's Life Guard.
Entry is free to this spectacular museum, apart from temporary exhibitions. Why not sign up for an adult learning course & get your brain active & refreshed by learning something different? From 6 April to 12 September 2012, there's the Animal Inside Out exhibition, which allows visitors to strip away the flesh and travel on an anatomical safari of the natural world. More on Animal Inside Out
Visit    London Wetland Centre
A stunning wetland oasis right in the heart of London! Home to bitterns, kingfishers & a colony of endangered water woles. Ducks, geese, swans, including the rare long-tailed ducks & white-faced whistling ducks. Frogs, slow worms, bats, snakes too. A great view from the 360 degree Peacock Tower hide. Check out their events - why not Meet the Otters?
Visit    The Animals in War Memorial
This is a powerful and moving tribute to all the animals that served, suffered and died alongside the British, Commonwealth and Allied forces in the wars and conflicts of the 20th century.  It is at Brooke Gate, Park Lane on the edge of Hyde Park. Click here to find out more about the Memorial  and here are some of the stories about animals in war
The SEA LIFE London Aquarium is home to one of the world's largest collections of marine life, giving you the chance to go on an interactive journey along the Great Oceanic Conveyor. Stars of the show along the way include seahorses, octopus, zebra sharks and clown fish. But there's more to the London Aquarium than this: it provides the UK with a centre of excellence on marine management, conservation, preservation & education right in the capital of the UK, London! It has partner links with the Marine Conservation Society, the Whale and Dolphine Conservation Society and Save our Seas Foundation
Visit    Royal Parks
There are several Royal Parks in London:  Richmond Park, Hyde Park, St James's Park, Greenwich Park, Regent's Park and Kensington Gardens.  You can find out more about each Royal Park here. There are some interesting events, too, for wildlife lovers and those interetsed in horticultureClick here to find your nearest park. You can also Support the Royal Parks through the 8 parks' charity, including adopting wildlife or adopting trees.  Information about taking dogs into the Royal Parks can be found here. And the ISIS Education Centre can help students discover more about the natural world

Mayhew Animal Home
The Mayhew Animal Home is a rescue facility for abandoned and abused animals, and it's a Community Veterinary Clinic and Humane Education Centre. You can volunteer for the Mayhew Animal Home. They are located at Kensal Green, London NW10 6BJ

Visit &
  Surrey Docks Farm
This is a working city farm in the heart of London.  It works closely with local communities  and the people of Southwark to help them find out about farming and food production, and to be involved in the work of the farm. It's at Rotherhithe Street, London SE16 5ET.  Animals reared on the farm include a herd of milking goats, sheep, cattle, pigs, ducks, geese, chickens, turkeys, bees and donkeys. The herds and flocks are farmed with specific attention to animal welfare.  You can visit Surrey Docks Farm and you can volunteer
Visit    Chelsea Physic Garden
London's oldest surviving botanic garden & the perfect antidote to London's fast paced life. 300 years of botanical and medical history
Join in!    Join the Green Chain!
There are around 300 Green Chain open spaces in South East London, and a network of 40 miles of footpaths link many of the Green Chain spaces togehter. There are 10 great walks, some suitable for wheelchairs, so stride on over to the Green Chain to find out more. You may well see squirrels, voles, foxes, woodpeckers & jays, and more! 

Battersea Park Zoo
This children's zoo is situated in Battersea, and the belief there is that the future of conservation depends on teaching and showing young people to understand and respect all flora and fauna on our planet. There are a variety of animals - Kune Kune pigs, mynah birds, otters, pygmy goats, Shetlands ponies, giant rabbits, a mouse houes - and more! The zoo has group tours, kids parties, & school educational visits  
Here's the Visitor Information

Volunteer    Battersea Dogs and Cats Home 
Battersea Dogs and Cats Home now has 3 sites - there's Old Windsor, Battersea London and Brands Hatch.  And they all need committed volunteers.  You can find out more about their volunteering needs here. They also have a band of dedicated dog fosterers and cat fosterers and they need knitters - so click here if you're willing to offer your knitting services!

Visit London's woods
You may not see them, but there will be lots of wildlife in the woods of London where woodland animals live.  Let nature work her gentle ways and help de-stress you!  Find out about volunteering here The Woodland Trust has lots of ideas of things to do in woods

Volunteer    Wood Green Animal Shelter
Wood Green Animal Shelter has a vision where all pets are well cared for in loving homes for life.  They need volunteers to join their dedicated band, be it to help with Education, fostering, dog walking, cat socialising, helping in the charity shop, doing events and collections or even being an Animal Midwife! Find about their volunteering opportunities here   With in Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and North London, there's plenty to do.  And you can visit Wood Geren Animal Shelters, too