Zoo Weekly

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This article is about the men's magazine. For the German magazine, see Zoo Magazine.
Zoo Weekly
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Editor Damien McSorley
Categories Men's magazines
Frequency Weekly
Circulation 29,976 (ABC Jan - Jun 2014)[1]
Print and digital editions.
First issue 2004 (UK)
2006 (Australia, South Africa)
Final issue 2008 (South Africa)
Company Bauer Media Group
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Website www.zootoday.com

ZOO is a British lads' magazine published weekly in the United Kingdom. It was launched on 29 January 2004, and is now Britain's only men's weekly after the similar and rival magazine Nuts closed in April 2014.[citation needed] Zoo is published by Bauer Media Group.

ZOO consists of a mix of comedy news, sports commentary, photos of semi-naked women, jokes (of the pub joke style), an entertainments guide (covering TV, cinema, video/computer games and music), fashion/grooming and comical/rude pictures sent in by readers.

International editions[edit]


Zoo is a weekly news magazine aimed at the male market. It was launched on 29 January 2004, as the second weekly men's magazine in the UK (the first being the similar and rival magazine; Nuts). The magazine is currently priced at £1.95 and published by German company Bauer Media Group.

The Zoo website is a continuation of the magazine's content that also includes original articles, videos and photo galleries. Readers are also invited to create a profile and post pictures via the "Zoo Bloggers" section.

Withdrawal from Co-op supermarket[edit]

On 8 August 2013, a spokesman for Bauer Media announced that it would not be placing Zoo magazine in 'modesty bags'.[2] The announcement came after the UK's Co-op supermarkets asked for publishers of 'lads mags' to mask their explicit front covers or face being taken off the shelves. The Co-op said that it was responding to consumer concern.[3] As a result of Bauer Media's decision, the Co-op ceased to stock Zoo magazine in its stores.[4]


An Australian edition of Zoo was introduced on 27 February...Imogen Baily Cover...$1.95.. February 2006 with a special promotional issue that was free of charge.[citation needed] The first official issue came out a week later on 20 February 2006. It features Krystal Forscutt and David Boon as columnists, and much the same features as its British counterpart, except the sport commentary is mainly rugby league and Australian rules football.[citation needed]

The current spokesperson/models used regularly in Zoo Weekly are Brooke Evers, former Big Brother Australia contestants Krystal Forscutt, Emma Cornell and Susannah Murray.[5] Resident sex and relationship advice columnists for 2009–2010: "The Threesome" Monica Lee Paige, Bonnie Edwards & Ardina Voogt. From 2012 til present day, the sex and relationship advice column is presented by regular cover model, Ashlee Adams.[6]

The current issue price is A$4.40 but several issues have been $1.95, $2.50 and some prices higher than usual.

In May 2006, the Australian model Lara Bingle took legal action against EMAP Australia, claiming defamation by the magazine when it allegedly published photographs of the model without her permission in the 27 March 2006 issue.[7]

On 16 September 2007, it was reported that the professional golfer Nikki Garrett had instructed her lawyers to begin an action against Zoo Weekly in the Australian Federal Court. The matter related to the 29 January 2007, edition of Zoo Weekly in which a photo of Garrett—taken for a charity fund-raiser—was reproduced in the magazine accompanied by an allegedly salacious caption.[8]

South Africa[edit]

Following the successes of Zoo Weekly in the United Kingdom and Australia, the South African edition launched on 6 October 2006 under a joint venture between UK publisher EMAP Consumer Media and South African media giant Media24.[citation needed] The magazine was published in both English, as Zoo Weekly, and Afrikaans, as Zoo Weekliks. The edition was discontinued by February 2008.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "ZOO ABC Circulation certificate". ABC. 29 January 2015. Retrieved 29 January 2015. 
  2. ^ Smith, Chloe (8 August 2013). "Nuts and Zoo reject Co-op's ultimatum". Media Week. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Sillito, David (reporter). BBC 6 o'clock news "Co-op supermarket to stop selling Nuts magazine" (Television news broadcast). London: BBC. Archived from the original on 8 August 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  4. ^ Deans, Jason (31 March 2014). "Nuts magazine to close". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  5. ^ BB girl runs off with housemate - The Daily Telegraph, 19 July 2007
  6. ^ http://zooweekly.com.au/sexy-stuff/sex-tips/ashs-sex-blog-lap-dances.htm
  7. ^ "Bingle exposed in men's mag photo legal row". news.com.au. 30 March 2007. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  8. ^ Marcus, Caroline (16 September 2007). "Golf star sues over 'lustful' claim". The Age. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "Another Media24 title closes". MarketingWeb. Retrieved 7 July 2008. 

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