Life Video

By Pete Goddard and Federico Cornetto


Footage filmed inside a locked-down zoo shows keepers still working hard to take care of animals during the COVID-19 quarantine.

The ZLS London Zoo is the world’s oldest scientific zoo, which has been open to the public since 1847 and sadly had to close on Saturday 21 March for the first time since World War II.

However, workers inside the zoo are still busy taking care of and playing with its residents, as shown in a heart-warming video filmed on March 28.

The behind-the-scenes footage, recorded by ZLS keepers David Waite, Dave Clarke and Jessica Courtney-Jones, show the workers taking giant kunekune pigs on their daily walk, giving tiny squirrel monkeys their breakfast and enjoying playtime with mischievous meerkats.

After closing to the public, the zoo immediately offered up its car park to NHS key workers and sent packages of food from its restaurant to nearby hospitals.

It is now calling on the public for support to help care for its 18,000 animals, from majestic lions to tiny frogs, while the facilities are closed to visitors.

Animal lovers can keep an eye on the zoo’s website to stay up to date with the lives of the animals and staff, and support them at