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Literary Event, Sat 18 Nov 2017




Isobel Charman
The Zoo: The Wild and Wonderful Tale of the Founding of London Zoo

The creation of a zoo in Dickensian London - when only one other existed across the world - is a story of jaw-dropping audacity; of trailblazing scientists, rival zookeepers and aristocratic naturalists collecting amazing animals from all four corners of the globe.

Using the vast archives at the Zoological Society of London, Charman takes us on the journey of the founding of London Zoo -through the weird and wonderful oasis created in the heart of a swirling city and introduces us to incredible characters, both human and animal - from Stamford Raffles and Charles Darwin, to Jenny the orang-utan and Obaysch the celebrity hippo, the first that anyone in Britain had ever seen. Against a background of global empire, domestic reform and industrialisation, this book shows us a new history of a new world.

Fascinating... nostalgia, social and natural history and the ongoing need to change
Chris Packham

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 18 Nov 2017 15:00


£8 / £6.50



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Map reference: TQ 168734  Lat: 51.44793 Long: -0.31951

Rail: St Margarets (South West Trains)
Alternatively, you can catch a District Line train to Richmond and catch a South West Train to St Margaret's (1 stop)

Bus: 33, 490, H22, R68, R70 and 290. Alight at The Crown Pub/Lebanon Park

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from St Margarets station