Life goes on at Whipsnade - with your help!

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ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is currently closed to the public. 

This is a hard and strange time for everyone, everywhere, as people get together by staying apart, and staying inside, to fight the Corona virus and protect each other. 

We’re sad to close the Zoo, really sad - as we know so many others are to close the doors of their businesses, charities and livelihoods - temporarily, but without knowing how long for. 

And our keepers and vets are still there, working tirelessly to care for our animals.

Our aquarium keepers take still images of the tanks so they don’t count the same fish twice

We love the Zoo and we know you do too. We wouldn’t be where we are today without you – wouldn't have built the Elephant Conservation Centre or The Butterfly House - or the Visitor Centre, or Aquarium. This space is yours as much as anyone who works here, and it’s full of your memories: birthdays, first glimpses of tigers, penguins and elephants, and encounters that made you fall head over heels for wildlife – and sometimes each other too.

White rhinos Clara and Bertha with gemsbok at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

And we need your help

But right now we have a big ask of you; as a charity we rely on supporters and visitors to run our Zoos and conservation projects. Without the usual income of our visitors and members we're asking you to help us look after our animals. They’re still here, and they still need our keepers’ expert care and attention, feeding, veterinary services and enrichment. 

We know this is an uncertain time for everyone, but any donation, no matter how big or small – whether it feeds one rockhopper penguin or a whole rhino herd – will make a real difference to our animals and help us to stay here, in Whipsnade, until we can open our doors once again.

We’ve proudly been open for almost 90 years, welcoming visitors and sharing the wonders of wildlife, please help us to be here for many more to come. 

Please, if you can, donate today.

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