London Pass BlogBack to Blog
Giant pandas could return to London Zoo
Published: Saturday 15th of November 2008
World-famous London Zoo is attempting to bring giant pandas back to the capital for the first time in 15 years, it has been reported.
The Daily Express claims that, with the support of mayor Boris Johnson, the Zoological Society of London are in talks with officials from Beijing Zoo about obtaining the much-loved creatures.
However, controversy has arisen over the proposed move which would see the pandas used to breed offspring in captivity, prompting concern from animal rights groups.
Craig Redmond, spokesman for the Captive Animals’ Protection Society, told the newspaper: "These are sentient animals, not diplomatic gifts to be traded between China and Britain.
"Keeping pandas in zoos will not help save this species. Only the work already in place to protect the pandas’ natural habitat and restore and connect suitable land will do that."
London Zoo is one of the world's most famous attractions and won three gold prizes at the 2007 VisitLondon Awards.
LondonPass holders can gain free entry to London Zoo, saving £15.40 for adults and £11.90 for children.
Follow The London Pass blog to learn about the latest news with attractions, sights and sightseeing events in the city. As well as useful tips, hints and advice for visitors to the city and how to make the most of your sightseeing time in London. We hope you enjoy…
London attractions: Unravel the history of your favourite products at the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising
Friday 22nd of March 2013 London attraction: Unravel the history of your favourite products at the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising
Thursday 21st of March 2013 Things to do in London: Take an exclusive, behind the scenes tour of Chelsea FC Stadium
Wednesday 20th of March 2013 Pollock’s Toy Museum provides kids with fun things to do in London
Tuesday 19th of March 2013 London attractions: Enjoy a family day out in Apsley House
Monday 18th of March 2013 Things to do in London: Visit Kensington Palace for a fun, family day out
Sunday 17th of March 2013 London Attractions: Come and see a play at the National Theatre
Saturday 16th of March 2013 London attractions: Visit the Banqueting House for a fun, family day out
Friday 15th of March 2013 Did Shakespeare really write his own plays?
Thursday 14th of March 2013 London attractions: Dance to the tune of the British Music Experience
Wednesday 13th of March 2013 Eltham Palace adds a touch of royalty to London attractions
Wednesday 13th of March 2013 London attractions: Relive medical history in the Old Operating Theatre Museum