King John kept lions and bears at the Tower of London in 1204. The animals were finally moved to London Zoo in 1831.
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London Zoo was the first scientific zoo. It was founded by Sir Stamford Raffles, who is better known for founding Singapore (the Lion City). It opened in 1827 in Regents Park and is probably the first place where the word “zoo” was coined.
The animals were evacuated during air raids in World War II, and taken to the animal park in Whipsnade. They were brought back to Regents Park to help with public morale after the war.