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Panorama showing the interior of Pestival Termite Pavilion in London Zoo. It is a dramatic, wooden structure modelled on the interior of a termite mound with sound recordings and descriptions explaining how termites live and function.

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Pestival's Termite Pavilion is a temporary 6m³ wooden structure in London Zoo, one of the top tourist attractions in London. The timber structure is based on on a three-dimensional scan of an actual termite mound in Namibia, southern Africa, scaled it up to human size. As a result, visitors can take a stroll inside the Termite Pavilion for a 'termite's eye view' of home.

The Termite Pavilion was manufactured out of sustainable Austrian spruce laminate, with each layer fixed in place on top of the former, much like a 3D puzzle. Inside, speakers set into the walls play sounds that were recorded in an actual termite mound in Namibia.

The Termite Pavilion stands next to the Bird Display Lawn in London Zoo, close to the Bearded Pig enclosure and a short distance from the London Zoo cafes.

FREE entrance to London Zoo to London Pass holders.

London Zoo - Other Attractions

  1. African Bird Safari - walk through area showing off abdim's stork, superb starlings, Madagascar teals, Von der Decken's hornbills, lilac-breasted roller and blue-bellied roller.
  2. Animal Adventure - a new exhibit area with Aardvarks, Prairie Dogs, Red Pandas Coatis, Yellow Mongooses, Porcupines and Meerkats.
  3. Aquarium - first opened in 1853, the aquarium has three halls with one focussing on the captive breeding programme, the second on coral reefs and the third on Amazon fish.
  4. Blackburn Pavilion - opened in 2008 replacing the old bird house and displaying birds from the tropical rainforest, including toucans, starlings, kookaburras, lovebirds, and hummingbirds.
  5. B.U.G.S - over 140 species of insects, spiders and all kinds of bugs.
  6. Butterfly Paradise - life of butterflies, with an emphasis on species from Africa, Southeast Asia, and Central and South America.
  7. Clore Rainforest Lookout - opened in 2007 providing a ground level and treetop canopy walk through rainforest environments and creatures.
  8. Giants of the Galapagos - new exhibit dedicated to the Galapagos Tortoise.
  9. Gorilla Kingdom - New gorilla enclosure which opened in 2007.
  10. Into Africa - new enclosures giving improved space to various creatures from Africa including zebras, giraffe, African hunting dogs, warthog, okapi and red river hogs.
  11. Komodo Dragons - opened in 2004 as part of a Komodo Dragon breeding programme, showing the largest poisonous animal on earth.
  12. Mappin Terraces - currently showing wallabies and emus from Australia.
  13. Meet The Monkeys - new enclosure recreating Bolivian Rainforest environment filled with black-capped squirrel monkeys.
  14. Reptile House - housing a wide variety of lizards, snakes, tortoises and crocodiles.
  15. Round House - currently housing a pair of Aye Ayes as a breeding programme, and a group of Ring-tailed lemurs.
  16. Snowdon Aviary - a large walk-through aviary north of Regents Canal housing all kinds of birds.
  17. Zoo World - information about the zoo, breeding programmes and events. Also houses bearded pigs, African Porcupines, bactrian camels and pigmy hippos.
  18. Others - many other animals are also on display though not part of a particular exhibit or group.

The Termite Pavilion project is a collaboration between Softroom Architects, Freeform Engineering, Atelier One, sound recording specialist Chris Watson and designers Haberdasherylondon.


Pestival Contact Details

ZSL London Zoo
Regents Park
London, NW1 4RL
020 7722 3333


Bus: Prince Albert Road / London Zoo
Tube: Camden Town (Northern Line) is the nearest tube to London Zoo. At the southern end of the park, about 15 min walk away, are Baker Street (Bakerloo, Circle, District, Hammersmith & City, Jubilee lines), Regents Park (Bakerloo line) and Great Portland Street (Circle, District, Hammersmith & City)

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