Whipsnade - What’s Happening at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo!
We just wanted to let you know about some great promotions we currently have running with ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.
Online Family Offer
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo offers additional savings for families with our online family offer (2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + 3 children). Enter code SAVER in the promotion code box when purchasing tickets. Only available online and not at the gate.
Did you know that children under 3 years go free?!
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo Group booking Discounts
Groups of more than 10 paying people receive a 25% discount on ticket prices purchased online in advance and a 15% reduction if you buy at the gate.
What’s Happening at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo!
Boo at the ZooCode:http://www.awin1.com/cread.php?awinmid=5431&awinaffid=!!!id!!!&clickref=&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.zsl.org%2Fzsl-whipsnade-zoo%2Fwhats-on%2Fboo-at-the-zoo
Saturday 24 October 2015 – Sunday 1 November 2015
For Halloween fun and games that are truly hairy this October half-term, families should head to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo for its fur-filled, fiendish activity week, Boo at the Zoo.
From Saturday 24 October to Sunday 1 November, Zoo visitors can get creative, by carving their own Petrifying Pumpkins* or heading to The Bat Cave to make glow-in-the-dark masks.
Families can jump aboard ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s steam train for the Jumbo Express Ghost Hunt*, which invites courageous children to find the eight naughty ghosts hiding around the Zoo who have each stolen an item from the zookeeper’s cupboard.
Intrepid zoo explorers can take a break to listen to the Zoo’s enchanting Spooky Stories, as well as a whole host of Terrifying Talks about the Zoo’s most fascinating animals.
Those who really want to get into the spirit of Halloween should be sure to attend Ghoul School, where they can transform themselves into their favourite creepy character, learn how to concoct a spooky spell and compete to wrap the best mummy. Creepy costumes are also encouraged at the Pumpkin Party’s devilish disco – a must for any little monster who wants to mash!
Boo at the Zoo is dead set to be an eerily entertaining day out.
Boo at the Zoo runs from Saturday 24 October to Sunday 1 November 2015 at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. Normal entry charges to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo apply. Extra charges may apply for some activities.
Keepers welcome baby rhino BaliCode:http://www.awin1.com/cread.php?awinmid=5431&awinaffid=!!!id!!!&clickref=&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.zsl.org%2Fzsl-whipsnade-zoo%2Fnews%2Fgreater-one-horned-rhino-born-at-zsl-whipsnade-zoo
Weighing in at a whopping 76kg (almost 12 stone), the calf, which keepers have named Bali (Nepali for ‘strong’) was born on the evening of Sunday 6 September after a 17 month gestation. This is the fourth calf for 19-year-old mother, Behan. Her other calves have all moved to other Zoos to breed, as part of the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP).
Bali is the 14th greater one-horned rhino calf to be born at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, which has an exceptional record with its breeding programme for the species. ZSL Whipsnade Zoo was one of the first Zoos in the world to breed the species in 1957. ln the past 12 months there have been only four greater one-horned rhino births in three European zoos, with only one other in the United States of America.
Deputy Team Leader Veronica Watkins, said: “The whole team are very excited to see the safe arrival of our newest rhino. To be involved in bringing one of these endangered animals into the world makes all of our efforts feel worthwhile, and it makes celebrating World Rhino Day this year feel extra special.
“The labour was relatively straightforward. Behan was restless the previous night so we suspected the birth was imminent, but once her waters broke we were able to monitor her carefully through CCTV cameras, without interfering in the process.
“The following day Bali was up and about, looking around at everything inquisitively. Behan, who has always been an excellent mother to her calves, was staying very close to him.”
Greater one-horned rhinos are classified as Vulnerable by IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species, due to illegal poaching and a decline in quality of habitat. Native to India and Nepal, there are thought to be less than 3,000 greater one-horned rhinos left in the wild.
International conservation and science charity the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) works in Nepal to monitor and protect greater one-horned rhinos through an anti-poaching task-force and working alongside local communities. ZSL’s work in Chitwan National Park allowed the number of rhinos to rise from 100 in the late 1960s to 544 in 2000.
Baby red panda twins unveiled at ZSL Whipsnade ZooCode:http://www.awin1.com/cread.php?awinmid=5431&awinaffid=!!!id!!!&clickref=&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.zsl.org%2Fzsl-whipsnade-zoo%2Fnews%2Fbaby-red-panda-twins-unveiled-at-zsl-whipsnade-zoo
The baby red pandas, named by keepers Bert and Ernie after the Sesame Street characters, have been hiding away in their nesting boxes until this week, when their mum, six year-old Tashi began carrying them outside for short intervals.
Senior Keeper at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Stephen Perry said: “It’s been magical to see the baby red pandas out and about for the first time. “Red pandas can be difficult to observe due to their shy and secretive nature, their nocturnal habits and the fact that they spend most of their time up trees. We never see much of their babies for the first couple of months of their lives but it’s worth the wait. They’re incredible and beautiful creatures, and a real visitor favourite. “Tashi is a brilliant mum, and when the weather gets warmer you sometimes catch her carrying the babies between nesting boxes to find the coolest one for them.” Bert and Ernie are part of the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP), a tool used by zoos, aquariums and wildlife parks across Europe to manage conservation breeding programmes. Bert and Ernie are the fourth and fifth cubs born to experienced mum Tashi at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.
Red pandas, which are classified as Vulnerable by IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species, are found mainly in Nepal, India, Bhutan, Myanmar, and southern China. There are thought to be around 10,000 red pandas left in the wild. It is estimated that their numbers may have decreased by as much as 40% over the last 50 years due to massive habitat loss, increased human activity and poaching.
International conservation and science charity the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) works in Nepal, as well as over 50 other countries, for worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats, through ground-breaking science, conservation projects and two Zoos, ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
ZSL Affiliate Team