The world-class zoo at the Royal Zoological Gardens in London will reopen this summer.
The zoo, which was built in 1939 and was named after Queen Victoria, has attracted more than 1 million visitors each year.
Its opening date is set for August 1.
“It’s an exciting day for the zoo and for the Royal Family,” said Dr David Green, chief executive of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.
“We’re delighted to be welcoming our guests back for another year.”
“It will be a huge event,” added Andrew Babbitt, a zoo and wildlife campaigner and an honorary senior lecturer in zoology at the University of Liverpool.
More than 40,000 people visited the zoo last year, and a further 30,000 visited in 2015.
It will also feature the opening of a new wildlife sanctuary, a new visitor attraction and a new building on the site for a wildlife sanctuary.
Read more about the zoo’s future here: Royal Zoological Garden: A world-renowned wildlife sanctuary in London’s capital, London Zoo: A new visitor attractions and new visitor accommodation.
The zoo is being re-built from scratch to make it more sustainable, according to the zoo.
The new building is intended to become the largest zoo in Europe and will have two wing cages, a 50-metre-long indoor pool and an outdoor pond.
“I am thrilled to be able to announce that the first wing cage at the new building will be made from recycled material and will be in place for the first time in the zoo,” said Green.
“The zoo will be able, with the help of a huge amount of resources, to make the new wing cage more sustainable.”
The other building at the site, the new visitor centre, will also be made of recycled material.
Its main attraction will be an animal sanctuary, where visitors will be offered a wildlife experience, according a BBC News report.
A new visitor experience, as well as a wildlife centre, are expected to be a mainstay at the zoo, as visitors come to enjoy its many exhibits.
Zoo’s future is at risk The zoo has been in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Covent Garden since the early 1990s.
During its 50-year history, the zoo has welcomed more than 3 million visitors.
However, the facility has been struggling financially since 2014.
Last year, the Royal Zoo Trust said it was unable to fund the upkeep of its two wings due to budget cuts.
In 2017, the trust decided to close the zoo altogether.
There is no firm timetable for when the new enclosure will open, although Green said the zoo was considering opening it as early as next year.
Green added that the zoo is looking to attract a new generation of visitors, especially children.
With its opening date imminent, the UK has become a new hub for wildlife.
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