New to the Zoo?
Explore acres and acres of epic adventure at the UK’s biggest zoo.
Home to more than 2,500 animals, many of which are endangered in the wild, the Zoo’s impressive 600 acre (2.4 km2) site can be found on the Chiltern Hills, near Dunstable, Bedfordshire.
An interactive, immersive and inspiring Zoo
ZSL is actively involved in ‘bringing down the bars’ by creating interactive, immersive and inspiring exhibits.
In recent years new exhibits, such as Wild Wild Whipsnade , Cheetah Rock , Rhinos of Nepal , In with the Lemurs , our Chimpnasium , Lions of the Serengeti , and our elephant enclosure, show how ZSL creates realistic environments to house some of the world’s most impressive and inspiring animals.
Daily events take place on site for visitors, including a selection of keeper talks, animal feeds and animal demonstrations. Up to date information on these, including times, can be found on the Zoo’s Daily Events section .
The ‘Sealion Splash’ show, during which our keeper team showcase the natural behaviours of these popular inhabitants, is extremely popular. Please check Daily Events to find out what you can see on your visit.
A zoo, not a safari park
As the Zoo has such expansive grounds, visitors have occasionally been known to think it is a safari park.
However, visitors are allowed to bring their cars into the grounds, which are allowed into the one large drive through area, ‘Passage through Asia’. Alternatively you can take the free Safari bus around the zoo which stops at all the main exhibits.
The Zoo does offer another impressive way of seeing its animals: The Jumbo Express. Visitors can take a ride our two steam engines, Excelsior and Superior. These trains weave their way through the territories of some of the Zoo’s most impressive and inspiring animals, such as the elephants, rhino and camels.
Whilst most of the Zoo’s inhabitants are kept in specially designed enclosures, a few species are allowed to roam freely around the grounds. These include Patagonian mara, Chinese water deer, wallabies and peafowl.
Founded in 1826, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is an international scientific, conservation and educational charity: our key role is the conservation of animals and their habitats. ZSL runs ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, carries out scientific research in the Institute of Zoology and is actively involved in field conservation in over 50 countries worldwide. Find out more about ZSL.
With so much to see and do, a visit to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is the perfect day out in Bedfordshire for people of all ages.
Our Visitor Information page has all the information you need to plan your day.