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ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

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Chris wrote a review Yesterday
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We spent the whole of today, a very rainy day, at the zoo and had a wonderful time. Lots of walking but good to see the animals had loads of space. Beautiful setting. A very difficult day for the stsff but they were all helpful and cheerful. The toilet facilities were good and cleanliness of a high standard. Will return in the summer! Just one thing - the signage could be better.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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DandR wrote a review Yesterday
Portsmouth75 contributions48 helpful votes
Visited with 3 grandchildren in what was pretty miserable weather - but they thoroughly enjoyed seeing a pretty wide variety of animals. The Zoo was surprisingly crowded and on occasions we ended up closer to people than 2m if you or they weren’t careful. Inevitably walkways were muddy in places but thats a measure of its success. We took a picnic and used one of the rather small covered picnic areas so can’t comment on catering. Overall its fairly expensive but they do good work and we were happy to contribute.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Josh wrote a review Yesterday
Hinckley, United Kingdom1 contribution2 helpful votes
Most one-star reviews for zoos are people complaining the animals aren't exciting or performing. This review isn't like that. Tl;dr: Yes, this is a big zoo, but don't let that fool you. Sadly, there are still many small enclosures. I come to the zoo to learn about animals and conservation, not to gawk at cars and awkwardly sidle through poorly-managed overcrowded spaces. You can do a lot better. This zoo is essentially a group of car parks connected by roads, which just so happens to have some animal enclosures nearby. Don't come here. Spend your hard-earned money at a good and well-planned zoo/wildlife park instead. I visited London Zoo (who are partnered with Whipsnade Zoo) yesterday and was satisfied with their acknowledgement to Covid-19 and efforts to increase visitor's safety. However, here at Whipsnade, one-way systems do not exist, acknowledgement to social distancing does not exist, and members of staff to assist visitors do not exist. Worse than that, we left London zoo knowing a lot about their conservation efforts and how to contribute- I don't think Whipsnade actually mentions conservation anywhere in its large zoo. The amount of children on scooters here must be record-breaking. This is a genuine safety concern as the majority of paths are accompanied by active roads, yet I did not see any signs to warn this. I query why there are so many cars driving around a zoo when this isn't a safari park? At least families can social distance in the cars, I suppose. As a last nit-picking point, I witnessed a couple of girls pulling branches off trees and teasing the goats with them (here's looking at you, American lady with a daughter called Scarlet). This obviously isn't necessarily a zoo issue, however there wasn't a ranger or keeper monitoring the goats. There are many common plants toxic to goats, and some information regarding this would have been ideal. If you're still reading this: please be respectful to the animals. I can't believe that even needs to be written.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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JaneFroggy wrote a review Yesterday
London, United Kingdom7 contributions11 helpful votes
Been members for over 17 years preferring to pay £200+ pa to support the zoo with very few actual visits. Daughter and I are Fellows and booked to take my sister and her son who are free to enter with a Fellow. Alas my daughter is in Nottingham which is going into tier 3 the day before we visit. Rang zoo who will now charge the full fee for our second guest. Harsh and will not be renewing membership.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Frankie and Josh wrote a review Yesterday
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DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY! After spending the previous day at London zoo, we travelled up to spend the day at Whipsnade. I wish we hadn’t, as the experience ruined our break. It was as if Covid 19 was not a thing; there were one way systems for some parts of the zoo - but the crowds of people were not following them. No one was social distancing and the whole “zoo” just seemed to be kids on scooters messing about whilst their parents looked in the other direction or cars. At London Zoo, they had hand washing stations everywhere, clearly signed one way systems and lots of posters reminding people to social distance, put masks on inside and follow the hygiene guidelines and staff making sure areas were not over crowded. Whipsnade had none of this - it felt like a free for all. My partner and I were shocked by the amount of cars driving around the zoo - they’re seemed to be at least 6 additional car parks within the zoo, which allowed a steady flow of traffic throughout - WHY???? Unfortunately our disappointment did not end here, as we ended up near a family who had no regard for others, the animals or how disrespectful their children were being (not the zoo’s fault I know but did not help). For some reason the parents were allowing them to hold large stick with leaves and Chant “I am wildlife”, whilst circling different families (mine included), until we had to move. This carried on when we left, as they went the same way - continuing to make a noise. The worst bit was when they then decided to put the branch into the goat enclosure and feed them. The parents then encouraged this!!! This went on for at least 10minutes, with no member of staff in sight to witness this OR for us to inform them of what was happening. Again, I felt that although this was 99% the parents fault, had better measures been put in place, the children would not have been able to behave like this. Finally, we were able to leave. I stupidly made the mistake of using the toilet - which was covered in discarded paper towels, toilet roll and mud. It looked like it hadn’t been checked on all day. I then couldn’t dry my hands because all the paper towel machines had jammed. I couldn’t tell a member of staff about because surprisingly there was no one to be found. Do yourself a favour, don’t visit - London is smaller, but so much better and feels a lot safer.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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