ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is trumpeting all things Elephant with this mammoth celebration of 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 stroll around the hilltop site, watch them take their daily bath or be astounded by the sheer amount of food our herd consume!
For a recommended donation, visitors will also be able to have the chance to go on a behind-the-scenes tour of the elephant barn or meet one of the Zoo’s elephants and have their picture taken with them. All donations made on the day go towards vital elephant conservation and research projects.
There’ll be plenty to keep the whole family entertained with live music and traditional dance, and the chance to get creative in one of our hands-on craft workshops. Our ever popular Silent Elephant Art auction will be back too and Karishma the elephant is already busy painting her masterpieces as we speak!
We’re also hoping to break a World Record in 2014 and need your help! To promote the plight of the Asian elephant, ZSL is hoping to break the World Record for the most origami elephants made and displayed. It’s a jumbo challenge and we’ll be asking visitors for their help over the summer and on the event weekend. You download instructions on how to make an origami elephant, then either bring it into us next time you visit the Zoo or you can pop it in the post to us. All attempts will be very gratefully received!
Elephantastic 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.
Elephantastic activities and entertainment are included in Zoo entry cost, excluding activities mentioned above for which we ask for a recommended donation per person taking part. Children under the age of 16 are required to be accompanied by a donating adult in order to participate in the activities. All funds go directly towards elephant conservation and research projects.