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On Saturday we were invited to the launch of the new Dear Zoo trail at London Zoo. To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the childhood classic book by Rod Campbell, ZSL and Macmillan books have created a trail around the zoo where children can collect stamps for all the classic Dear Zoo characters.
Dear Zoo was one of the first books we bought when Dylan was little and I think we all know all the words now. I took Archie and Cora with me for our trip to the zoo as Dylan and Finn were both ill and we loved following the trail and finding the stamps for the animals that were too fierce, too jumpy and too grumpy to become pets.
We were really excited to meet Rod Campbell and listen to him read Dear Zoo to the children. We loved the special birthday cakes and Cora got to wear her Dear Zoo dress (M&S did a lovely range last year).
The elephants are currently at ZSL Whipsnade rather than ZSL London so our card came pre stamped with the 'too big' box, but the rest of the stations were located by their animal and the children could do the stamps themselves. The Dear Zoo theme extends around the park and the restaraunts sell themed kids meals as well as having decorations baring the famous giraffe. It made our visit to the zoo even more special and Archie was so proud to complete his card.
As well as enjoying the trail, we loved the new Land of the Lion area which transported us into the heart of India with a colourful hands-on exhibit surrounding the mighty (and far too fierce) animals. Archie and his friend T loved playing in the vehicles, trying to pedal the bikes and exploring the different areas.
The zoo is brilliantly designed to keep children occupied and we could break up discovering animals with areas like Land of the Lion to discover, parks to play in and plenty of space to run around.
The Dear Zoo trail is on from April 1st to April 17th at ZSL London and is included free with your ticket price. We had the most wonderful (and exhausting) day.