Whipsnade Zookeepers started a dance-off on TikTok and the results are the best thing you’ll see in lockdown

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At Whipsnade Zoo, in the face of a very precarious future for ZSL, zookeepers have been keeping it light with a funky feat to raise desperately needed funds...

Please give what you can to keep us on our feet

While our zookeepers are working tirelessly to keep Whipsnade’s 2,000 animals cared for in the enormous outdoor attraction, they've been getting their wiggle on! See the amazing results below.

#1 First the Elephant Team kicked off the challenge



Finally got it ##socialdistancing ##zslwhipsnadezoo ##covid19 ##elephants ##funonlunchbreak ##houseoftiktok

♬ duet me pls im lonely - xoxosamko



Okay they didn’t exactly ‘kick’ things off, there was actually no leg action of any kind. But they issued a clear challenge to all Whipsnade’s keeper teams. And elephant Karishma seemed to approve.


#2 Then the Predators Team ‘bounced’ back




♬ original sound - audiosforeveru


Aviators? Check. Will Smith? Check. Coolest team name? Double check! Well who isn’t in need of a 90s Men in Black moment? Also, extra points for getting the camera the right way up!


#3 Next up: the Hub Team created a hubbub



I can't belive we did this!

♬ Laxed (Siren Beat) - Jawsh 685


Taking a break from the sealions and pygmy goats, the Hub gave us some hip action in the sunshine and showed us their moves with this worthy contender in the #SirenBeatChallenge.


#4 The Bird Team came up flying high




♬ Blinding Lights - The Weeknd


Usually found training their awesome, intelligent birds, the Flying Birds team took a break to blind us with this blistering, highknees response to the #BlindingLightsChallenge. Give us those 80s’ Flashdance vibes and gardening hats!


#5 The Deer and Antelope Team strutted their stuff...



##zslwhipsnadezoo ##deerandantelope ##whipsnadezoo ##danceoff

♬ original sound - graciegee0411


This leggy lot showed off their toe-taps with this gallopping, giggling groove. Absolutely worthy of being above the footer!


#6 And then The Hoofstock Team stood tall...



Zookeepers at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo started a dance-off and the results are awesome! @charlottelancey ##zoolove

♬ I'm Still Standing - Remastered - Elton John


These lolloping keepers are far from flat-footed. Their frolic to Elton John's I'm Still Standing just can't be beat... or can it?


#7 The Elephant Team reissued the challenge...



Elephant team video 2, great fun! ##socialdistancing ##zslwhipsnadezoo ##funonlunchbreak ##elephants ##covid19 ##houseoftiktok

♬ original sound - orlaithwhite


It seems that one dance video wasn’t enough. The Elephant team returned, watched by their herd, to wipe the floor with this Pointer Sisters’ special. Well what can we say? We’re so excited!

We can't wait for you to visit our awesome animals and keepers soon, but until then, follow us on Facebook for more animal antics and updates from our Zoo to you.

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