Animals in the Tower of London
The Tower of London is one of the most important buildings in the history of Britain and one of the most famous castles in the world. The oldest part of the tower was built almost 1,000 years ago! You can learn about history first-hand inside this grand royal palace.
Some of the most important residents are the six or seven ravens that are fed and taken care of by a Ravenmaster from the Yeoman Warders, the special guardians of the tower. According to old superstitions, their existence is significant to the fate of the tower and the kingdom.
Besides ravens, the tower has also been home to other kinds of animals. A long time ago, the tower used to have a zoo in which kings and queens kept exotic animals from other parts of the world, such as lions, monkeys and bears. Some of the animals had been gifted by rulers of other kingdoms.
Like zoos today, the tower’s zoo was open to the public. Known as the ‘Royal Beasts’, the animals served as an exhibition of the great power and wealth of the kings and queens who owned them.
The Royal Beasts lived in the tower for about six centuries. In the 1830s, all the animals, except the ravens, were moved to London Zoo. Nowadays, you can see sculptures of wild animals around the tower in remembrance of these past residents.