ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

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ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Run by the team behind London Zoo and set in 600 acres of Bedfordshire parkland with views across the Chilterns, Whipsnade offers a huge variety of animals including all the favourites – chimps, lions, elephants, camels, zebras, hippos and giraffes. The emphasis is on learning about how the animals live in near-as-possble natural habitats, with viewing huts providing exceptional views through glass walls. There are also daily shows where you can watch feeding time and find out more about the zoo's exotic beasts. The ZSL Animal Photography Prize Exhibition runs at the zoo until July 1, featuring impressive images of animals around the world.


Venue name: ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
Opening hours: For 2017 Open daily (except Dec 25). Mar 26-Sep 3, 10am-6pm; Sep 4-Oct 30 10am-4pm or 5pm; from Oct 31 10am-4pm.
Transport: Rail: Luton Central/Hemel Hempstead rail then bus X31
Price: Up to Oct 30 £28, £25.20 concs, £20.35 under-16, free under-three. Online discount. Car entry extra.
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This is a HUGE zoo!! Probably the biggest I have ever been to. With so much open space, it makes it very strenuous to walk around. There are lots of species here, although to be honest the same can be said for most zoos that cover a much smaller area. Having said that, the exhibits are nice and it seems the animals all have a lot of space to roam about in.

My main gripe was the cost. The entry tickets are priced as expected, however once you are in, there are too many added extras.. Even the mini train wasn’t included in the entrance fee! On top of this, it is possible to drive around the zoo (for an additional £20 per vehicle!) Not only is this extortionate in my opinion, but it also adds unnecessary danger. Part zoo/part safari park doesn’t work. It is not clear enough which paths are for pedestrians and which are for cars. This made it very difficult with our 2 year old daughter who really just wanted to run around and see the animals.

A good animal park but I can’t see us visiting again over the likes of Colchester or London zoo.