ZSL Whipsnade Zoo in Luton
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is the UK’s biggest zoo. Set in 600 acres of beautiful parkland on the Chiltern Hills, north of London, the zoo is home to more than 3.500 animals, many of which are endangered in the wild. The park covers 600 acres, and can be located from miles to the north and from the air because of the Whipsnade White Lion, a large hill figure carved into the side of the Dunstable Downs (part of the Chiltern Hills) below the white rhino enclosure. Due to its size, inside the park, visitors may walk, use the zoo’s bus service, or drive their own cars between the various animal enclosures, or through an ‘Asian’ area where some animals are allowed to roam free around the cars. There is also a train service, the 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) narrow gauge Great Whipsnade Railway luton , also known as the “Jumbo Express.” ZSL Whipsnade Zoo luton is the UK’s largest zoo and one of Europe’s largest wildlife conservation parks. It is home to 3,626 animals, many of which are endangered in the wild. The majority of the animals are kept within sizeable enclosures; others, such as Peafowl, Patagonian Maras, and Red-necked Wallabies, roam freely around the park.
The First Zoo in Europe
Whipsnade Park Zoo luton opened on Sunday 23 May 1931. It was the first open zoo in Europe to be easily accessible to the visiting public. It was an immediate success and received over 38,000 visitors on the following Monday. The brown bear enclosure is a surviving feature from the earliest days of the zoo. During the Second World War, the zoo in luton acted as a refuge for animals evacuated from the Regents Park London Zoo. The celebrity giant pandas Ming, Sung and Tang were among these animals but were soon returned to London to boost morale in the capital. During 1940, 41 bombs fell on the park with little damage to the zoo structure; a 3-year-old giraffe named Boxer, which had been born at the zoo, was frightened to death by the explosions. Some of the ponds in the park are the remains of bomb craters from this period. Zsl whipsnade zoo in Luton also host a lot of Exhibits ranging from a Butterfly House , Passage Through Asia, Sea lion Splash and lots more. Whipsnade zoo Luton was one of the sets for ITV’s Primeval, where a ferocious predator from the future kills a lion and three people.
CBBC’s Safari Park
The zoo is one of the locations featured in BBC’s Super Vets. It featured in an episode of the CBBC programme Brum in 1991, titled “Safari Park”. Jamie Oliver and Sainsbury’s have also used the zoo’s background for a television advert. The BBC’s Merlin used parts of Whipsnade as a filming location for Season 1, and the famous lion landmark is featured in behind the scenes footage from the DVDs. The zoo also served as one of the tasks for BBC Three’s Young, Dumb and Living Off Mum. Tots TV visited Whipsnade. Zsl whipsnade zoo in Luton also offers Experience ZSL Whipsnade Zoo at night with a stay at Lookout Lodge Guests will experience ZSL Whlipsnade Zoo after-dark and find out what our animals get up to at night. Lookout Lodge is situated in extraordinary surroundings overlooking the beautiful Chiltern Downs. Your neighbours for the evening include our herd of white rhinos and reindeer, who luckily are some of our quieter animals at the Zoo, so won’t keep you up in the night. However in the morning some of our nosier residents like to make themselves heard, so don’t be surprised if you wake up to the sound of roaring lions!
Stockwood Discovery Centre in Luton
Stockwood Discovery Centre formerly known as Stockwood Craft Museum, is one of two free admission museums situated in Luton The museums in Luton are a part of a charitable trust, Luton Culture. Stockwood Park Museum was opened in 1986 and later reopened as Stockwood Discovery Centre in 2008 as part of a £6 million redevelopment . The discovery centre displays collections of local social history, archaeology, geology and rural crafts. It also houses the biggest collection of horse-drawn carriages in Europe. The Mossman Carriage Collection is a museum housing a collection of horse drawn vehicles in stockwood Park, Luton Bedfordshire. It is the largest collection of such vehicles in the United Kingdom, and includes original vehicles dating from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The Mossman Carriage Collection is a museum housing a collection of horse-drawn vehicles in stockwood Park, Luton Bedfordshire. It is the largest collection of such vehicles in the United Kingdom, and includes original vehicles dating from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.
The History of Stockwood Discovery Centre
The external part of the Discovery Centre features extensive gardens. The Period Gardens, ranging from the Elizabethan Knot Garden to the Dig for Victory Garden, were created by Luton Council from the mid-1980s onwards. Redevelopment work in 2007 included the building of the Sensory Garden, World Garden and Medicinal Garden. It is one of the few places in the country where the work of acclaimed artist Ian Hamilton Finlay can be seen on permanent display. Improvement Garden is a classical garden in which Ian Hamilton Finlay sculptures are an integral part of the landscape. The collection of rural crafts and trades held at Stockwood Discovery Centre was amassed by Thomas Wyatt Bagshawe who was a notable local historian and a leading authority on vechicles. Bagshawe was born in Dunstable in 1901 and became a director of the family engineering firm.
Bagshawe began a small private museum in Dunstable in 1927 and became the honorary curator of Luton Museum in 1928. He later became the museums director. Thomas Bagshawe and Charles Freeman, who succeeded Bagshawe as curator in 1936, visited many of the Scandinavian museums which were at the forefront of folk life museums in Europe. Both were heavily influenced by the Scandinavian example and they sought ways to introduce the ideas and methods they had witnessed into Luton Museum. In 1938 a rural industry gallery was opened at Wardown designed on Scandinavian principles with built-in cases and freestanding exhibits. The museum’s annual report of that year described Luton as being at the centre of a large area that was rapidly being transformed, and that the disappearance of many rural crafts was imminent. During the 1930s and in the years immediately after World War II, Bagshawe undertook a systematic search of Bedfordshire villages to seek out the surviving crafts folk. He interviewed them and acquired artefacts from them.
The Luton Meseum
Bagshawe also amassed a large amount of notes, photographs and illustrations and carefully classified them all using the Royal Anthropological Institutes British Ethnography Committees system. This gave the collection greater detail than was typical at the time. In addition he donated to the museum his large collection of books on agriculture, local trades, crafts and related topics. In 1954 Bagshawe offered all his collection to Luton Museum. The archaeology and occupational collections were a gift conditional upon the purchase of his ethnographic collection furniture, treen, ceramics etc. as well as the provision of suitable display facilities for the illustration of Bedfordshire occupations. The rural life gallery at Luton Museum remained on display until the 1970s when the then curator decided to change the gallery to one showing aspects of Luton life and history of the town. The collection is now housed in Stockwood Discovery Centre.