Under The Zoo

Chris Packham explores the archives of the London Zoological Society.

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01The Ark In The Park2001041620020218

From its beginning, in 1826, London Zoo has attracted controversy and passion.

02Keeping Order2001041720020219

From his arrival in 1859, superintendant Abraham Dee Bartlett's ingenuity was indispensable.


Maria Sybilla Merian's `Metamorphoses of the Insects of Surinam' involved an epic journey.

04The Bird Man Of Nepal2001041920020221

How a bored government representative in Nepal in the mid-19th century enriched ornithology.

05 LASTHippo No 12001042020020222

When Obaysch the hippopotamus finally arrived in London, he captured the imagination of the public.