– 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
We're trumpeting all things Elephant with a mammoth celebration for Elephant Appreciation Weekend to help raise vital funds for elephant conservation and research projects.
Guaranteed to be a fun-filled educational day, visitors can join ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s herd of Asian elephants on their daily stroll around the hilltop site, watch them take their daily bath or be astounded by a special version of the amazing Elephantastic demonstration.
Visitors who make a donation on the day to elephant conservation and research projects will be able to enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the Asian elephants’ barn or meet and greet one of the Zoo’s friendly eles for a mega photo opportunity.
Abstract artwork will be on display produced by a very talented artist; Karishma, the Asian elephant. The pachyderm-Picasso’s trunk-work will be on show for all to see, and available to bid on in a silent auction.
The jumbo celebrations don’t stop there, as there’s an action-packed programme of activities and entertainment to keep the whole family entertained - from mask-making to chilli pot planting and music performances.
All activities are on a first come first serve basis. Whilst we want as many people as possible to experience close up encounters with our majestic Asian elephants, their welfare and your safety is of the utmost importance to us and therefore our keepers reserve the right to withdraw the elephants from the event at any time and sessions will cease. We ask for your understanding should such an instance occur.
Elephantasia activities are included in Zoo entry cost, excluding activities mentioned above which require a donation. All funds go directly towards elephant conservation and research projects. ZSL members get Zoo entry free.
The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) runs conservation programmes in Britain and over 50 countries worldwide. ZSL has joined forces with local NGOs to conserve Asian elephants in Thailand through conflict resolution, sustainable resource use, and forest restoration and protection.