Wild About - 7 Things to do this summer

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Get to (re)know your Zoo

The Zoos haven’t been the same without you, and we’re so excited to see you again. As it’s been a little while, here are our top tips for your first days back at ZSL London and Whipsnade Zoos. Hooray! 

  •  Say hi to Liz 

Not that Liz. Elizabeth, our littlest elephant, has just turned four. You may have missed her birthday in June but you can make up for it now and check out how much she’s grown. 

  • Listen out for our pack 

Can you remember what our African wild dogs sound like? They’re a noisy bunch, but we’ll give you a hint, nothing like you think. Go on and give them a listen – you’ll be surprised! 

  1. Dive in with our fishy flock 

They might have a slightly pongy diet and some questionable habits (like building nests out of penguin poo!) but it’s impossible not to love them. Make sure you say hi to our flippered, feathery friends! 

  • Take it slow with the rhino 

Chill out with our clash of white rhinos as they sunbath in their paddock – before giving it a go yourself and catching some rays on The Downs.  

  1. Compare the meerkats 

Pop in on our meerkats and see who’s on patrol, you might not have seen them for a while but they haven’t taken a single break from sentry duty while you’ve been away (OK maybe 
one or two). 

  • Pow-wow with our pride 

OK, we admit that our lions might not have noticed much during lockdown, they’ve been too busy snoozing in the sunshine. Stop by for a taste of the savannah – there’s nothing quite like the roar of a lion! 

  1. Catch up with a keeper 

They might have been here the whole time beavering away, but our keepers have missed you. They’re bursting to tell you the animal facts they’ve had to keep to themselves throughout lockdown. Next time you see them be sure to say hi and find out how they’re doing! 


…to an ice-cream while you’re with us – well no day out is complete without one is it? And don’t forget to bring a picnic, because our indoor restaurants are going to be staying closed for a little while. 

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