Dear Zoo Trail At ZSL London Zoo*

Dear Zoo Trail At ZSL London Zoo*

A few Saturday’s ago now we got up bright and early and headed to London Zoo to celebrate the launch of the Dear Zoo trail. We were kindly invited along by Milly & Flynn to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the childhood classic book written by Rod Campbell. Their range of Dear Zoo toys are currently being sold in the shop.

dear zoo trail

dear zoo trail

The Dear Zoo cupcakes were a hit!

Not only were we one of the first people to follow the trail but we also got to meet Rod Campbell and hear him read the story himself!

Dear Zoo Trail

On arrival we headed straight to the interactive story hub, wrapped in a red ribbon waiting to be officially opened. It was here that we sat and listened to Rod read his own story. Little was memorised and I have to admit I quite enjoyed it myself. We then queued to have our copy signed by Rod Campbell so the girls can keep it forever!

Rod Campbell

Little really enjoyed finding real life versions of the animals from the book and stamping her card was the icing on the cake. The Elephants are currently at ZSL Whipsnade so our trail card came already stamped with an Elephant.

The giraffes were too tall just like in the book but the lions didn’t look too fierce as they sat soaking up the sunshine.

dear zoo trail

dear zoo trail

Despite losing our card at some point whilst exploring the zoo, Little continued to get the stamps just on her hands instead! I haven’t been to London Zoo for quite a few years so it was nice to discover it all over again.

The Dear Zoo trail is at London Zoo until the 17th April and then Whipsnade Zoo from the 27th May.

I would highly recommend a visit as it is such a fun filled day for all the family. Even L enjoyed her day at only 6 months old!

baby L

What is your favourite animal from the Dear Zoo book? Mine is definitely the Elephant!



  1. April 14, 2017 / 7:43 am

    What a lovely experience. I haven’t been to London Zoo since Zach was a baby! So fab that you got to meet Rod and get an autographed book!

  2. April 14, 2017 / 8:54 am

    We haven’t been for 2 and a half years so thanks for he reminder to go back 🙂

  3. April 14, 2017 / 10:12 pm

    What a wonderful event, you lucky duckies! And to have Dear Zoo signed by the author, that’s amazing and she can keep that book forever. Such a fantastic memory for her, I’m glad you all enjoyed the day! xx

  4. April 15, 2017 / 10:05 am

    Oh WOW, I LOVE this!! Noah would have adored it as Dear Zoo was always one of our favourites in his younger days, what a fantastic idea.

  5. April 15, 2017 / 10:16 am

    This looks fantastic! Dear Zoo was one of my childhood faves and Erin loves it too!

  6. April 15, 2017 / 11:30 am

    Sounds like you had a great time out there! 🙂
    That book is a great memory for her 🙂

  7. April 15, 2017 / 4:04 pm

    Not so keen on Zoos but I do love that book. And it looks like you had fun x

  8. April 15, 2017 / 8:40 pm

    This is amazing! We love Dear Zoo and it’s one of my favourite books growing up…such a simple story and my girl loves all the flaps!

  9. April 16, 2017 / 7:34 pm

    I saw some photos of this on your Instagram feed and I have to admit to being completely jealous. We adore London Zoo and try to go every year. We even visited Whipsnade as a potential wedding venue. And this trail sounds fabulous. It is so important for little ones to learn about animals and how vital conservation is to the world we live in. My parents live near Whipsnade so we might have to check the trail out there. Hugs Lucy xxxx

    • Amy
      April 17, 2017 / 8:24 am

      I live just by Whipsnade too! So a visit is a must 😉 ox

  10. April 16, 2017 / 7:39 pm

    What a great day out. We love this book

  11. April 16, 2017 / 10:27 pm

    That sounds so lovely! Dear Zoo is one of G’s favourite books. The lion is definitely our favourite from the book, it causes a big “roar off” of who can roar the loudest…not ideal before bed but good fun haha! Xx

  12. April 18, 2017 / 7:21 pm

    London Zoo is one of my favourite pastime activities. Love the photos. What a memorable experience to be a part of!

  13. April 18, 2017 / 9:26 pm

    What an amazing experience to be a part of, love zoo visits and even more so when its a memorable occassion x

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