ZSL Whipsnade Zoo proud to be back open!

"Colossal family adventures" are roaring to go, as ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is now reopen to the public.

Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 2:03 pm
Updated Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 2:04 pm

With 600 acres for visitors young and old to explore, the UK’s largest zoo was proud to open back up yesterday (April 12) when the government eased Covid-19 restrictions.

Best known for its mighty beasts that graze enormous enclosures - like the zoo’s herd of endangered Asian elephants or its two species of rhinoceroses - ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is home to 3,500 amazing animals including brown bears, Amur tigers, reticulated giraffes, African lions, spritely squirrel monkeys and adorable otters.

Guests can also enjoy spotting free-roaming animals, such as wallabies and Patagonian mara which bounce all over the zoo’s wide open spaces.

The zoo's beautiful tigers Makari, Czar and Dmitri. Photo: ZSL Zookeeper James Ford

A ZSL spokeswoman said: "Families with young children can delight in an up-close experience with cuddlier critters such as bunnies, pygmy goats and donkeys at Hullabazoo Farm, as well as a new, giant outdoor play area which opens on April 26.

"There’s plenty to look forward to later in the summer too, with the zoo celebrating its 90th birthday during May half-term week, and the launch of a brand-new dinosaur experience at the start of the summer holidays. For no additional fee, visitors throughout the summer will be able to enter a prehistoric world where they come face to face with life-size, moving dinosaurs.

"When everyone needs refueling, the zoo’s restaurants and cafes will be on-hand with take-away treats including a delicious barbecue, fish and chips, River Cottage deli, hot drinks, pastries and more. When indoor restaurants are allowed to reopen (currently set for May 17), visitors can indulge again in family fare at The Basecamp Restaurant or truly special, locally-sourced cuisine at The River Cottage Restaurant, which overlooks the stunning Dunstable Downs."

With exclusive offers and events, there’s "never been a better time" to become a ZSL member and enjoy free entry to both Whipsnade and London Zoos, while supporting the vital work of international conservation charity ZSL (Zoological Society of London).

Families, animal lovers and those looking for a new adventure can book advance tickets for the whole summer now at www.zsl.org