Commercial Filming and Photography Prices

We can accommodate film and photography crews of all sizes at both ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. Please see below for prices and restrictions.

Fees are based on the total size of the group (cast and crew). They are hourly rates from arrival on site until departure charged for each hour or part thereof. Our filming fees are based on crews filming or photographing from public areas with no special access or animal interaction.

Crew Size

Hourly fee

1-5

£200 plus VAT

6-10

£350 plus VAT

11-20

£500 plus VAT

21-30

£600 plus VAT

31 +

£1000 plus VAT

NB: These fees are given as a guide and can be amended subject to discussion with the commercial filming team.

To apply for commercial filming or photography at ZSL London or Whipsnade Zoo please complete the application form and return to commercialfilming@zsl.org 

Application Form: Microsoft Office document icon FILMING AND PHOTOGRAPHY APPLICATION.doc (106 KB) (106 KB)

 

Frequently asked questions

Can we film with the cast interacting with the animals?

This may be possible with some of our animals depending on the nature of the production and the size of cast and crew. Additional charges will apply, please email our team at commercialfilming@zsl.org to enquire.

Can we get really close to the animals without fences in between us?

This may be possible with some of our animals depending on the nature of the production and the size of cast and crew. Additional charges will apply, please email our team at commercialfilming@zsl.org to enquire.

Can we interview a keeper, conservationist or scientist?

Yes we can arrange interviews with members of ZSL staff. The fee for this depends on the member of staff.

Can we film with exclusive access to an exhibit or area?

With ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo being incredibly popular visitor attractions we are not able to grant exclusive access to specific areas or exhibits within opening hours (10am – 4/5/6pm depending on the time of year). It may be possible to allow filming outside of zoo opening hours however this is dependent on the size of the crew, area that you wish to film in and whether your require animal interaction. Additional charges will apply.

Is there parking on site?

Vehicle access requirements are slightly different between ZSL London and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. Please see below for details:

ZSL London Zoo:

Vehicles must park in the large car park down the road from the zoo. Vehicular access to the zoo may be granted via our East Service Gate by prior arrangement however all vehicles must have left the site by 10am.

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo:

Depending on the size of crew, area of filming and number of vehicles it may be possible to allow crews to park at the location that they are filming. For large crews they will be required to be based in our external car park with only a1 or 2 vehicles being allowed access to the site during filming, except for during loading and unloading periods.

I came into the zoo as a visitor and took some photos which I now want to sell, can I do this?

In our terms of entry and photography or filming for commercial purposes must seek permission from ZSL before this is allowed to take place. If you have already taken images or video footage that you would like to sell please contact us at commercialfilming@zsl.org for further information.

If you have any further questions please email commercialfilming@zsl.org