Success: Zoo Bans Drunken and Rowdy Parties


Target: President of the Zoological Society of London, President Sir John Beddington

Goal: Applaud the ban on alcohol-fueled late-night parties at the London Zoo.

The London Zoo received heavy scrutiny when animal welfare activists heard about the zoo’s late night party events catered to the younger crowd. Activists were concerned that animals would not be able to get proper rest and relaxation due to the drunk and rowdy crowds. They were also concerned about animals being harassed and stressed. The zoo has since discontinued the late night events, and instead have opted for a quieter and family friend event during the evenings. Tell President Sir John Beddington that you applaud this action, as it doesn’t place the animals in harm’s way and allows visitors to enjoy their company.

ForceChange recently published a petition about this serious issue, citing concerns about the animals’ well being. Reports indicated that visitors punched birds, stomped on butterflies, and even drenched a tiger in beer. The zoo began as an ethical and humane example of how to run a zoo, and yet the organization willingly placed animals in harm’s way. These events, which were promoted as “wild nights” have been discontinued, and The Guardian reports that the events manager at the zoo was fired.

The London Zoo has replaced these late nights with Sunset Safaris which are catered to families. It will provide the zoo animals with a quiet atmosphere where they won’t be harassed or otherwise harmed by visitors. The zoo also intends to block access to the Gorilla Kingdom, thereby protecting a newly born baby gorilla. Hopefully visitors will be educated on the importance of the environment and coexisting with other animals. Sign this petition and applaud President Beddington for this new event.


Dear President Sir John Beddington,

The public demanded an end to the wild-night parties that took place at the London Zoo. Reports claim that various animals were harassed, harmed, and killed during these events, which is greatly disturbing considering the founding of this zoo. Visitors were purposefully harming these animals, thereby creating a stressful atmosphere. I am grateful that you and other zoo staff realized how cruel these late night events were for the animals, and discontinued them.

The Sunset Safari is a significantly better event, as it will provide animals with a quiet and stress-free atmosphere, while allowing visitors to enjoy the animals. While the animals wouldn’t be completely alone, at least they will not be harmed by drunkards. I applaud your organization for this change in policy, and I hope the London Zoo will continue to look after the welfare of its animals.


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  1. Amy M Glogowski says:

    WTF! Why should people party at a zoo? Thanks for putting an end to a dumb thing!

  2. Vik Cooke says:

    So glad the Zoo Lates drunken sessions are over for good. Yet I also oppose the Sunset Safari idea, as the animals are still stressed by being in captivity. After all, it’s just another money-making excuse. The animals have to put up with gawking visitors in the day – let them rest in the evenings. It still doesn’t seem to me that the animals are the Zoo’s first priority

  3. Cecily Colloby says:

    Can’t believe this insane idea was ever allowed in the first place…’s bad enough that animals are in zoos to begin with .Whoever the idiot was who thought this up should not be allowed anywhere near animals…..

  4. Finally! — clear thinking to the rescue!

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