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“Brilliant day out” 5 of 5 stars
Review of ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
Whipsnade, Dunstable LU6 2LF, England
+44 1582 872171
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Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Dunstable
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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Owner description: Enjoy an epic day out at the UK's largest Zoo. Set in 600 acres of panoramic scenery and rolling Chiltern Hills, and with over 2,741 unique animals and 193 different species ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is a group adventure you will never forget! See the elephants on their daily walk around the Zoo, view the majestic rhino in their huge paddock, meet our lion pride, spot the cheetahs as they speed by and don't forget to look up our lofty giraffes too!
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Brilliant day out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

This zoo is huge! There is a lot of ground to cover but you do get to see so many animals! We couldn't do it all in a day so will go back. The animal displays are excellent my niece loved the seals. The keepers present the animals in a fun and informative way. And the play areas are a great way to ensure kids don't get too animaled out!

Visited August 2013
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SupporterServices, Manager at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, responded to this review, October 12, 2013
Thank you for your feedback regarding ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. We are overjoyed to hear that you enjoyed your visit so much! Why not become members of ZSL and enjoy free fast-track entry for a year to London and Whipsnade zoo as well as other exclusive benefits such as discounts in our shops and cafes. Thank you for supporting ZSL and our vital conservation work.

The ZSL Team.
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“AMAZING!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

Visited the zoo on 3rd October. Was just amazing. We arrived at the zoo for the 10am opening time, and were just finished by the 5.30pm closing time. The place is huge but worth the long drive for the day (we travelled from Gateshead). We managed to be very lucky and see al the animals. Was a pleasure to visit a zoo where all the animals looked happy and the space in all the enclosures was terrific. As the zoo's so big, you don't feel crowded or like you have to move on quickly from looking at the animals. We must've walked miles, but it was worth it. All the staff we saw said hello and were really friendly, and they seemed to be loving their jobs. One of the male keepers was putting out food for the chimps when we arrived at the chimp house. We weren't going to wait as it was taking a while, a good 15 minutes had already passed, but as we were going to walk away, he tapped on widow and told us to wait 1 more minute. This was a lovely thing for him to do, he didn't have to, but i'm so pleased he did. Was so interesting watching them feed, the things they get up to and the places they check for food kept us entertained for a good 20-30 minutes. So if you arrive at chimp house and see the food being put out, take the time and wait, it's so worth it.
If we didn't live so far away, I'd visit this zoo much more often, most definitely the best zoo we've ever visited. Will certainly return again in the future.

Visited October 2013
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SupporterServices, Manager at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, responded to this review, October 12, 2013
Thank you for your feedback regarding ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your visit so much and got to experience our chimps being fed. We would also like to thank you for your informative review. Why not become members of ZSL and enjoy free fast-track entry for a year to London and Whipsnade zoo as well as other exclusive benefits such as discounts in our shops and cafes. Thank you for supporting ZSL and our vital conservation work.

The ZSL Team.
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Spalding, United Kingdom
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“Brilliant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

We first went to Whipsnade Zoo in October 2012 and spent a great day wandering around. Unfortunately we missed some animals so went back again this year and it was even better. We got to see a really great elephant display and my son loved the new playground, one of the best we found on our tour of zoos over the summer. The animals look well cared for and happy and we loved the idea that certain animals can just roam where they want to. There are loads of weekend events during the year which we will go to and we will be returning yet again during October half-term. We like it so much we are getting an annual pass for it.

Visited August 2013
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SupporterServices, Manager at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, responded to this review, October 12, 2013
Thank you for your feedback regarding ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your visit so much! We are also happy to hear that you have signed up to ZSL membership. We hope that you continue to enjoy your visits and thank you so much for supporting ZSL.

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The ZSL team.
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“Ideal Young Family Day out !”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

This is a ideal day trip for animal loving kids. Highlight of the visit is a 30 minute trip on the train which covers part of the park. Vehicles are allowed inside the zoo on certain areas. Also a bus facility. The shows organized by the zoo are enjoyable. There is enough for young children to explore the animal world. Also a farm and many other activities available. The visit is not complete without the trip to the the Souvenir shop at the exit !

Visited July 2013
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SupporterServices, Manager at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, responded to this review, October 12, 2013
Thank you for your feedback regarding ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your visit so much! Why not become members of ZSL and enjoy free fast-track entry for a year to London and Whipsnade zoo as well as other exclusive benefits such as discounts in our shops and cafes. Thank you for supporting ZSL and our vital conservation work.

The ZSL Team.
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“Look out Lodge overnight 13/09”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

We stayed here at the look out lodge on Friday 13th which gave us really poor weather, in fact it never stopped raining.
However that was the only downside it was great to be there when it was closed and the animals behaved differently, Sam and Tom were really good and knew their stuff.
The lodges were fine but again as the weather was so bad we did not sit outside, I note some peoples comments about the amount of walking but rather that than moving from cage to cage as we did in the 60s/70s, this place is about animal conservation not human convenience!
The food was great and lots of it and the time was well spent both in the evening and the morning all in all great as a treat to yourself or as a gift.

Visited September 2013
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SupporterServices, Manager at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, responded to this review, October 12, 2013
Thank you for your feedback regarding ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your Lookout Lodge experience so much! We agree that its great to see the animals outside opening hours. Why not become members of ZSL and enjoy free fast-track entry for a year to London and Whipsnade zoo as well as other exclusive benefits such as discounts in our shops and cafes. Thank you for supporting ZSL and our vital conservation work.

The ZSL Team.
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