Step closer to animal magic.LONDON Zoo
ZSL London Zoo is the world's oldest scientific zoo. is removing bars and cages from many attractions so visitors can watch the animals in more natural surroundings.
Gorillas will live in a forest clearing surrounded by a moat and public walkway.
Then the big cats will be housed in conditions offering closer viewing under the pounds 5.3million scheme to be completed by 2007.
The zoo in Regent's Park already has a "meet the monkeys" area. And this week's African aviary aviary
Structure for keeping captive birds, usually spacious enough for the aviculturist to enter. Aviaries range from small enclosures to large flight cages 100 ft (30 m) or more long and up to 50 ft (15 m) high. Enclosures for birds that fly only little or weakly (e.g. opening will let people wander among exotic birds.
A spokesman said: "We want people to be able to get up close and personal ... and to go away inspired after having had some real connection with the natural world."