Guide to the Gardens of the Zoological Society of London.
Plan of the Gardens of the Zoological Society of London in the Regent's Park.
This map of the London Zoological Gardens or London Zoo was published in the annual guide put out by the Zoological Society and credited to the societys secretary, Philip Lutley Sclater. Trained as a lawyer, Sclater was secretary of the Zoological Society for 42 years and founded the academic journal, The Ibis, which is still in publication. The London Zoological Society was formed in 1826 by a group of English aristocratic naturalists who secured the property in Regents Park from King George IV. Originally envisioned as a private resource for only scientists and the elite, the London Zoo received no government funding. In order to help keep the facility running, the Zoological Society decided to admit the public. The London Zoo currently has more than 17,000 animals see the current listing here.