Just because London is one of the largest and most bustling metropolises in the world, that's no reason to assume that humans are the only species you can see here.
Indeed, while the capital may be home to around eight million people, it also boasts some fantastic wildlife-themed attractions, with London Zoo being among the top facilities in the world for learning about the many creatures that roam the planet.
With new developments constantly taking place at the zoo, there's always something worth going back for, and the latest news to emerge from the world-famous menagerie is that a state of the art enclosure for the resident pair of pygmy hippos has just opened.
Lifelong companions Thug and Nicky have been members of the London Zoo community for some time, although their new home – which opened on Saturday (April 5th) – sees them become fully integrated with the giraffes, zebras and other inhabitants of the Into Africa exhibit.
Displaying some of the most exciting creatures from the continent, this particular section of London Zoo is a real must-visit for anyone who has ever dreamt of going on safari, and with many of its residents being endangered species, it really is the closest you are ever likely to get to most of these critters.
In fact, pygmy hippos themselves are currently facing the threat of extinction in the wild, which is why they have become such a focal point of London Zoo's conservation programme, called EDGE of Existence. Indeed, there are currently thought to be less than 3,000 remaining, and if you want to see two of them then taking a trip to the capital's number one wildlife facility is certainly the way to go.
London Zoo is located in Regent's Park, close to Camden Town tube station, which is just a short journey from the Montcalm Hotel Marble Arch.