Autumn leaves and Zoo trips please!

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boots and autumn leaves

Autumn is here, and it's time to dig out your coats and boots, get out in the crisp fresh air and reconnect with nature. By joining as a member you can enjoy great days out with free entry to both of our Zoos, for a whole year. Here are five reasons why you should join our family, and what to look out for when you visit Whipsnade Zoo this autumn.  

Wind down with Whipsnade's walks  

Whipsnade is the UK's largest Zoo, and there's so much to discover around our 600-acre nature haven. 

Enjoy autumnal strolls with a themed walk of the week to meet like-minded visitors, hear from our experts, and discover more about the work that goes on behind-the-scenes. There's no extra charge, the walks are included in Zoo entry or membership, but book your place in advance here

See the season's colours change and soak up the gorgeous views of the Downs. Grab a takeaway coffee and spend some quality time looking out onto the beautiful Chilterns countryside, with our free-roaming wallabies and mara for company. Or, as Gold members benefit from 10% off in our restaurants, stop for lunch at Viewpoint Kitchen and Deli, in the picturesque spot close to our southern white rhinos. 

View from the hill

Celebrate new arrivals 

Talking of white rhinos, we invite you to look out for the youngest addition to our crash of this endangered species, Nandi. She's now over a year old, but is still just as cute as ever! And of course, you can't visit this autumn without stopping to see our elephant calf, born on Monday 22 August. The not-so-tiny infant is a hugely important addition. Our herd play an active role in our conservation work, from helping us to develop new technologies to educating our visitors - every visit to see our elephants really is an act of support for their conservation.

From rhinos and elephants to red pandas and penguins, there are 10,000 amazing animals to discover at Whipsnade!

Endangered Asian elephant calf born at Whipsnade Zoo

Warm up surrounded by butterflies

Autumn is a stunning season to explore the Zoo, but we know it can sometimes get chilly! Our heated Butterfly House is the perfect place to escape to. With more than 30 different species from around the world, it's one of the largest butterfly biomes of any UK Zoo. After immersing yourself in a world of beautiful butterflies, head through to our Aquarium to discover the deepest, darkest secrets of freshwater fish.


Create lasting memories 

Our Zoos are perfect days out for all ages, but if you're visiting with children, they'll love our Hullabazoo Adventure Play, next to our farm. From bridges and swings, to tunnels and even sit-on crocodiles, young explorers can let their imaginations run wild. And, if the weather isn't on your side, don't forget about our Hullabazoo Indoor Play too - book slots in advance. 

A little boy on a bridge in Hullabazoo Adventure Play at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Help us us save wildlife 

By joining us a member, you're not only helping us to look after our amazing animals in our Zoos, but you're also supporting our work for wildlife around the world. Together, we can help nature bounce back, for generations to come. Thank you! Learn more about ZSL and our conservation work here


We hope we've persuaded you to dust off those cobwebs, ditch the sofa and bask in the crisp air at the Zoo this autumn. 

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