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“Disaster in the wet!”
Review of ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
Ranked #1 of 19 things to do in Dunstable
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The UK's largest Zoo set in 600 acres of panoramic scenery, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is packed full of wonder and amazement, with over 3,500 animals to meet and thousands more surprising and fascinating facts just waiting to be discovered. Find yourself face to face with the world’s tallest mammals at Giraffe Heights, and get unforgettable views of African lions in their natural habitat at the Lions of The Serengeti. See our stunning animals at your leisure by taking a seat on the Jumbo Express, then walk amongst some of the world’s most vividly beautiful butterflies in our Butterfly House. Don’t forget to let your little monkeys run wild in the Hullabazoo farm and play area. This is a place where fun days help us fund raise. Where your visit will help support our conservation work in over 50 countries around the world. Where really great days out can make a really positive difference to the wildlife we work to protect. Enjoy a really great day out that makes a real difference.
Useful Information: Activities for young children
Reviewed March 18, 2013

We had quite a rough day at the zoo in March 2013 in the wet and rain. Unlike other zoos I have been to - there is practically no shelter across the whole complex, with large distances across open countryside between exhibits. Fantastic I would imagine on a sunny day, but really, really tough going with a five and seven year old. Very expensive tickets and really expensive cafe restaurant - two kids meals £11.00, two adult meals £20 +. Used the Zoo bus to get around but with 30 mins to wait between buses, not practical in the driving rain and no shelter at all at the bus stops. Got the sense of here is an organisation that needs to really, really understand its visitors much better. Poor green policy with encouraging visitors to bring their cars onto the park rather than walk. Why not hire bikes (like CentreParcs) think people would love it probably! I felt this whole day was far too expensive and like a touch camping holiday. Improvements I would suggest:
Far more shelters and covered walk ways between exhibits.
More information for visitors about the distances and advise suitable, cross-country footwear.
More shelter at the entrance - some space that is covered to plan the day, use a map etc without getting soaked.
More customer advice at the entrance.
Wet weather trail - it is not sufficient just to advise the discovery centre - not when we've paid so much.

1  Thank Andy W
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Reviewed March 16, 2013

This zoo is spread over a large area with a wide range of animals on display (Red Panda's, Cheetahs, Giraffe's, Hippos, Rhinos etc.) The only downside is that it is quite expensive to go there, but a family ticket will help.
There are several places to eat (food very reasonable) and several picnic spots.
There are Copybaras and Wallabies wandering 'free range'.
As the zoo is spread over such a wide area, there is a bus that works its way around and you can just hop on / hop off.
It is worth noting that the zoo is on the edge of the Dunstable Downs and, if the wind is in the wrong direction it can be very cold. (A January day with temperature around freezing is not recommended. I tried it once, never again!)

Thank CraighallMK
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Reviewed March 11, 2013

The zoo is a great day out and with the season ticket we can visit bits and then leave. The new indoor play is good mid week and out of peak times. Food is pricey. Inclosures are all in great condition except the discovery centre could do with updating. Entry to zoo is expensive and we make sure we use our season ticket a lot. Season ticket includes entry into london zoo

3  Thank graham69
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

It was probably the time of the year when we visited but a lot of the animals were not on show but we were still charged full peak season prices also charging 4 pounds to park your car is also not right (how do they expect people to get to the zoo) and at 21 quid entrance fee it makes it already the most expensive zoo i have been too.The food available was quite good and the scenery in places around the zoo was very good.

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Reviewed March 5, 2013

My partner and I (aged 22 and 21) visited the zoo in February and I can honestly say it is the best attraction we have been to! We absolutely loved every second of the day, and it was well worth paying the extra £20 to drive in and around the zoo, we had lots of fun doing this and it really did provide an unforgettable experience. We were there from 11am until closing time at 5pm and we didn't want to leave then! We took well over 300 photos and loved seeing all the animals; everything from wolverines to giraffes and hippos to tarantulas! Even though it was a freezing 3 degrees it was brilliant, definitely a must see attraction for anyone, and wel'll certainly be coming back for a second visit in the summer!

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