Elephantastic - Elephant Appreciation Weekend

Elephantastic weekend at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, supported by Mr Kipling, returns Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 September 2015, 10am - 5pm

Animal lovers should be sure to add Elephantastic to their autumn diaries, a weekend-long celebration of the majestic elephant, at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo marking the world-wide Elephant Appreciation Weekend.

Through unforgettable elephant encounters, family activities and fascinating talks, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s Elephantastic event, supported by Mr Kipling, raises money for international science and conservation charity ZSL’s Asian elephant conservation and research projects. 

Visitors can experience their very own close-up encounter with an elephant, feed it a healthy snack and have their photo taken, in exchange for a small donation towards elephant conservation work.

Young and old alike will be fascinated to discover what it takes to look after such huge creatures at a behind-the-scenes guided tour of the elephant barn. For two special days, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo visitors will be able to watch keepers scrub the elephants clean, learn how vets keep the Zoo’s ten Asian elephants healthy and enjoy talks and demonstrations. 

There will be so many ways to have fun with the kids too, whether it’s making elephant masks, face-painting or dancing along to the sounds of Asia. 

Plus, there’s no need to go home empty-handed. A silent auction and a raffle will offer unusual prizes, such as beautiful elephant-themed artworks and animal encounters.

Asian elephants are classified as Endangered by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, and they are also classified as one of ZSL’s EDGE species, a threatened species with a significant amount of unique evolutionary history.

For a truly mammoth day out that will help protect some of the world’s most incredible animals, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s Elephantastic is not to be missed.

Elephantastic runs from 10am – 5pm on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 September 2015 at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo and is included in a normal entry ticket.

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Elephantastic Timetable

We’ve got some jumbo activities lined up and by making a donation to take part YOU are helping to make a difference to elephant conservation. All activities take place in the elephant area. 

Conservation Station - 10am – 5pm
See how much food an elephant eats and learn lots of interesting facts about these special animals. 

Silent Auction - ends Sunday at 6pm
Place your bid to win amazing prizes!  

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Bath Time - 10.30am
Watch our elephants take their morning bath in their paddock. 

Behind the Scenes - 11am – 4pm 
Join us for a close up look inside the elephant barn. Tours last approx. 20mins, departing from the elephant house. £3 per person. *

Elephantastic Craft Workshops! - 10am – 5pm

Elephant photo opportunity - Midday-1pm & 3-4pm
Say hello to one of our Asian elephants and have your photo taken. Takes place by the elephant arena. £5per person. *  **

Elephant Talk + Sam’s Birthday Celebration! - 2.30pm
Witness the amazing bond between our elephants and their keepers in the arena. 

Trunk Walk - 4pm   
Join our elephants on their daily stroll around the Zoo. 


*All activities are on a first come first served basis. Some activities require a donation which goes directly towards elephant conservation and research projects. 

 ** Whilst we want as many people as possible to take part in the encounters, our elephants welfare and your safety is of the utmost importance 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. 
Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a donating adult at all times. 

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