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!
Santa in residence at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo from 5 December 2015
Christmas is coming early at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, as the Zoo’s magical Christmas grotto opens on Saturday 5 December.
Every weekend from Saturday 5 December, and then each day from Friday 18 to Thursday 24 December, young visitors to the Zoo can Meet Santa and share their Christmas wishes in an unforgettably enchanting encounter.
Every child will receive a special gift and families can take away a festive family portrait. Mrs Claus will also be on hand with Christmas arts and crafts to keep younger ones entertained.
A VIP Meet Santa experience also launches for the first time this year, the week before Christmas. Lucky guests will get exclusive access to the Zoo before it opens, where they can see their favourite animals at first light.
Children will not only be able to meet Father Christmas and his elves but also catch sight of his reindeer as they graze in their paddock. Having enjoyed an extra special Reindeer Talk, guests will sit down to a delicious breakfast.
From 5 December, ZSL Whipsnade’s Zoo’s magical Meet Santa and VIP Meet Santa experiences will give families yet another reason to enjoy a wonderful day with animals such as elephants, lions and hippos at the UK’s largest Zoo. Advance booking is required.
Get Your Loved One A ZSL Gift This Christmas!
Know an animal fan who would fancy getting up close with one of ZSL London Zoo’s mischievous meerkats, have a sleepover in the heart of ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, or enjoy unlimited entry to ZSL London and Whipsnade Zoos for a year? Then look no further than ZSL this Christmas season.
ZSL‘s VIP Meet the Animals encounters make magical memories which will last long after the decorations have been packed away. From elephants to penguins there’s a range of animal encounters to choose from at both Zoos.
Or go one further and arrange a ZSL Keeper for a Day experience for a once-in-a lifetime behind the scenes adventure at either Zoo. There’s a junior version available too for any budding Zookeepers.
Everyone wants to be on Santa’s nice list, and if a loved one has been really good this year how about booking an overnight stay in ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s beautiful Lookout Lodge. This incredible one-off chance to sleep next to a herd of white rhino and enjoy a twilight tour of the Zoo when the other visitors have gone home is not to be missed.
If far flung adventures are top of the wish list there’s even the chance to go wild with ZSL Holidays. New for 2015, ZSL has teamed up with adventure travel company Exodus to allow wildlife enthusiasts to go on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to see incredible species in their native habitats, while helping to fund ZSL’s global work for wildlife.
ZSL membership is the perfect way to give your friends and family a year on the wild side, with unlimited Zoo visits 364 days per year. For the person who has everything our new regular giving scheme Wildlife Champions means you can also support our international conservation work while receiving a gift pack with project case studies, tips for championing wildlife every day, badges, postcards and a fold-up animal friend!
Global Expedition - Migrate to Whipsnade this winter
30 November 2015 – 17 December 2015
Join us on a journey around the world as we discover how animals and people survive in extreme habitats.
You will start your expedition in the deepest African forest with our Chimpanzees as they enjoy breakfast before continuing on your Global Expedition around the zoo. You will explore the Arctic, coming face to face with our very own reindeers and cross the desert to your final destination, the Amazonian rainforest where you will make and deliver a gift for our fluttering butterflies in our brand new Butterfly House.
Dates: Monday 30th November to Thursday (Monday-Friday only)
Key Stage: Suitable for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 classes with accompanying adults
• Zoo entry
• Global Expedition event
• Small gift for each child
• One adult goes free when accompanying 6 pupils
• Coach Parking
• Allocated slot in indoor lunch space
Book now as tickets are limited!
Baby 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