9 Reasons to visit Whipsnade Zoo this spring

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Spring has officially arrived. It’s a beautiful time of year to get out and about at Whipsnade Zoo. With 600 acres of land, 9,500 animals and special Easter events, there are plenty of activities for the whole family this season.

As a ZSL member, you can enjoy unlimited free entry to Whipsnade and London Zoos the whole year round.  

Wallaby sitting among daffodils

1. Hop about with wallabies and maras 

Look out for our free-roaming wallabies and maras as they hop around the Zoo. You might spot them among the daffodils - they love to rest there. Other top places to see them are near the penguins and running in the trees between our yaks and elephant enclosure. 

It’s baby season so keep a look out for joeys (baby wallabies) and pups (baby maras) too.  


A path lined with blossom trees with bright pink blooms

2. Enjoy the spring blooms   

At this time of year, the Zoo’s wildlife-friendly plants and flowers are coming into their own. Wander through the grounds and enjoy the wide variety of foliage, specially selected by our horticultural team.  

Later in the season, take a stroll down Central Avenue and enjoy a burst of colour and fragrance when our blossom trees are in full bloom.  


3. ‘Eggs-plore' our Easter Egg Trail  

Take part in our Easter egg hunt for five giant eggs, hidden around the Zoo, each with a connection to one of our animals.  

Find out where the Easter bunny is hiding by solving clues as you work your way around the trail. Youngsters can then collect a special Whipsnade Easter sticker prize.

Keep a look out for one of the golden eggs we’ve hidden around the Zoo to win an ‘eggs’-tra special prize.  


A lemur looks to the left as he sits with his hands out to the sides.

4. Have fun with our lemurs  

Watch our bouncy ring-tailed lemurs take part in an Easter hunt of their own each day. With vegetable treats hidden throughout their walk-through habitat, you’ll see them scavenging for their favourite foods.  


5. Meet Bluey and Bingo 

Get up close to CBeebies favourites, Bluey and Bingo, at our meet and greet sessions. The adventurous pups from Australia will each individually host sessions at various times from 9-12 April. Sessions are free and bookable on the day, but subject to availability. 


6. Visit baby rhino, Nandi  

Visit 7 month old baby rhino, Nandi, as she enjoys her first spring. After a hearty breakfast of hay and grass pellets, she’s ready for a day of adventure. She loves to play with the crash (a name for a group of rhinos) and you’ll likely see her running around her paddock in the spring sunshine. 


Boy smiles as he sits in a Hullabazoo Adventure Play climbing frame

7. Have a Hullabazoo Adventure  

Explore our themed Hullabazoo Adventure Play. Mini safari jeeps, swings, bridges, tunnels, climbing frames, and much more, will keep young adventurers entertained.  

And don’t forget to pay your favourite farmyard animals a visit in Hullabazoo Farm


8. Don’t miss our lions ‘on holiday’ 

Our new pride of African lions arrived at Whipsnade after their home in Suffolk was damaged by Storm Eunice. While their habitat is being fixed, three male lions, Zero, Tor and Jabu, and two lionesses, Mo and Kaya, will be ‘on holiday’ with us until May. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit them while they’re here.   


9. Ride the The Great Whipsnade Railway 

Go on a safari adventure aboard one of our steam engines, Excelsior and Superior. We’ll take you on a wildlife tour across the continents. You’ll see camels, rhinos, elephants and so much more.  


Don’t miss out on all the fun at Whipsnade Zoo this spring. Book your tickets today for a fun-packed day out for all the family.  


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