ZSL Whipsnade Zoo in Luton

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!

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