ZSL Whipsnade – Dunstable, Bedfordshire Press Trip

As you can tell by our blog and social media, we are huge fans going to the zoo. Over the past few months we have visited ZSL London Zoo and Paradise Wildlife Park, on this occasion we were invited to ZSL Whipsnade.

We have visited ZSL Whipsnade before and had a really good time. We enjoy and appreciate the vast amount of space the animals have, to be able roam and “be free” at Whipsnade.

There are so many animals you can see here that you cannot see at other UK zoos, this includes the huge elephant enclosure and the elephant care centre (one of Ita’s favourite animals, thanks to Dumbo, are elephants, so she really enjoyed this area), there are also rhinos, brown bears, wolverines, flamingos, amongst others.

There are so many good enclosures which provide you with all the information and details you need to know about each specie, and you can get really close to certain animals too.

Sitting on a pile of elephant p..

Our first port of call is always the butterfly house, it is a beautiful set up and so many different types of butterfly and moth. Ita and I love walking around and trying to see the most beautiful butterfly’s, of which there are a lot.

Looking at all the different types of butterflies

We really enjoyed getting as close as you can get to the tigers, the lions and my personal favourites, the giraffes. The giraffes have an amazing area, as it was cold and windy, they were in their stables and you can watch them eat and walk around.

The amazing giraffe section

Another highlight was checking out the red panda, we did this as a zoo keeper was in the enclosure making sure the panda was ok. She was nice enough to show us the panda who was in his little bedroom, sleepy as it was cold and windy that day.

There are lots of places to grab something to eat at the zoo. We did this at the Base Camp Restaurant in the middle of the park. You can get a hot drink and a sandwich or something warm to eat.

We couldn’t recommend ZSL Whipsnade more, it is a huge zoo, they seem to look after the animals impeccably and there are so many amazing animals to see.

There are other restaurants at the park, from sit-down places to eat, to a café where you can pick up drinks and snacks. All the information can be found here:


There are also options for staying at the zoo overnight. You can stay at the Lookout Lodge where you will sleep near the white rhinos and reindeer and would be an amazing experience. The experience costs £298 per couple, with lots of extras included.


There are a few upcoming events for children where you can meet Paw Patrol’s Chase and Skye on the 4th April.


The Trolls characters Poppy and Branch on the 5th April.

Stickman and Gruffalo on the 18th and 19th of April.

Have a look at our previous blog posts for other visits to Zoo’s in the UK:

Paradise Wildlife Park

ZSL London Zoo

Ventura Wildlife Park

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