Elephant Appreciate!

School visit to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Allow our Discovery & Learning Officer to introduce our herd to your class!  In our exciting Elephant Appreciate session, students will discover all things ele at our very own Asian Elephant arena. Students are brought through time, from Mammoths to present day, discovering who the closest relation to our Asian Elephants is. Students will compare Asian and African features and get up close to real elephant items from the natural world. Have you ever wondered what an elephant tooth is like to touch? Then join us for our very special week when our Elephants go centre stage.

Sessions available 15 September – 17 October 2014.

Many objects from the natural world used in this session are loaned to us by HM Revenue and Customs.


Key Stage:  Available to all key stages. When booking please inform our booking team of your year group to allow for the appropriate level to be taught.

Duration:  45 min

Capacity: 35 students

National Curriculum links:

  • Science: Animals, including humans – how adaptations evolve to allow animals to survive in the habitat
  • Science: Living Things and their Habitats – Pupils should explore examples of human impact on environments. Find out about the work of naturalists and animal behaviourists.

Intended learning outcomes:

  • Students will be able to describe the relatives of an elephant, both extant and extinct!
  • Students will be able to list the differences between Asian and African elephants
  • Students will feel that they are in a position to help save animals in the wild
  • Students will be able to describe the diet of an elephant in the zoo


For this session

Find out what ZSL is doing to protect elephants in the wild


Before your visit

Download our resource pack which includes a quiz for your class to complete before their visit and self-guided activities that can be used while at the zoo:

Elephant Appreciate Resource Pack (797.73 KB)


While at the Zoo

As you are exploring the zoo for Elephant Appreciation week, focus on our Asian region of the zoo -


Animal Link to session
Amur tiger Endangered - lives in Russia and China
Asian rhino Vulnerable - lives in India
Bactrian camel Critically Endangered - lives in China and Mongolia
Sloth bear Vulnerable - India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bhutan

Post - visit resources

Take part in our Elephant Appreciation Poster Competition. After you have heard all things elephant at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, get creative and design a poster to inform people about elephants and their conservation. Send pictures of your A3 posters to learning@zsl.org

Winners will be announced on September 22nd 2014. Winners will receive a special class elephant goody bag.


How to book

Contact our friendly Supporter Services team on info@zsl.org or 0207 449 6200.

Elephant Resources

Elephant Appreciate (926.6 KB)

Pre-visit activities and self guided resources to introduce students to the Asian elephants at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

How to make an Origami Elephant (1.7 MB)

We are hoping to break a World Record! 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 are asking schools for their help.