Animals At UK Zoos Gear Up To Celebrate The Coronation Of King Charles III
Animals are gearing up to celebrate the Coronation at ZSL’s conservation zoos. Critically Endangered Western Lowland gorillas and Bolivian black-capped squirrel monkeys woke up at London Zoo to find their home transformed by the decorations in honour of the historic event. While Charlie the Humboldt penguin represented his namesake, King Charles III, on London Zoo’s iconic Penguin Beach. Over at Whipsnade Zoo, meerkats Bibbity, Pixie and Joey tucked into some tasty and nutritious crickets underneath Union flag bunting while the conservation zoo’s troop of endangered ring-tailed lemurs leapt agilely from bunting covered branch to branch to investigate theirs. Both conservation zoos are part of international conservation charity ZSL, whose vital work has been supported by the Royal Family since 1826 when it was first granted a Royal Charter by King George IV. Since then, every monarch, including the late Queen Elizabeth II, has served as ZSL’s Royal Patron. King Charles III has been a supporter of ZSL since joining ZSL’s Exceptional Young Zoologist Club aged just 13. A life-long champion of wildlife, in his capacity as the Prince of Wales, His Majesty became ZSL’s Vice Patron in 2014.