Meet the Elephants at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Asian elephant at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Meet the Elephants

Come face to face with the largest residents at the Zoo, the amazing Asian elephant, with this special Meet the Elephants experience.


£99 per person

This once in a lifetime opportunity lets you go behind the scenes at our amazing elephant house where you will get the chance to feed an elephant and ask an elephant keeper all about our elephant herd. 


Meet the Elephants experience includes:

  • Meet and feed an Asian elephant
  • Meet an expert elephant keeper and discover more about our elephants

Please note that admission to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is not included and must be purchased separately. 


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Based on the new Government Guidance that recently came into place surrounding the wearing of facemasks in indoor zoos, we are now asking all our Meet the Elephants participants who are over the age of 11 and not on exempt to wear a mask during their experience as the experience takes place in an indoor area. You will need to bring your own facemask with you. 

What to expect on the day

This 20 minute VIP experience begins with a health and safety briefing from our elephant keeper who will then take you behind the scenes at our state of the art Centre for Elephant Care. You will then help our zoo keeper feed an elephant whilst learning more about our elephant herd. There will be a maximum of six people taking part in the experience, giving you lots of time with the elephant and zoo keeper.

Tip: Please be aware that spectators are not permitted access to the behind the scenes area, however parts of the experience can be viewed from the indoor viewing area in the Centre for Elephant Care.


Know before you book

Important information before booking your Meet the Elephants experience:

  • Admission to the zoo is not included and must be purchased separately
  • Participants must be 3 years of age or older.
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a participating adult  – each adult must also have a valid Meet the Elephants ticket. No more than 2 children per adult
  • Pregnant or nursing mothers who have given birth within the previous six months cannot participate
  • Participants with learning or visual impairment must be accompanied by a carer. Accompanying carers can enter the behind the scenes area free of charge but will not participate in the experience. 
  • Wheelchair access is available for this experience. 
  • Please see our full terms and conditions for more information


  • Meet the Elephants takes place at 4:00pm, Wednesday – Sunday and Bank holiday Mondays from May through September. 


  • £99 per person

Please note: ZSL Gold members, Fellows and Patrons receive a 10% discount on this experience. If you are part of the ZSL family, use discount code MTAMem10 at checkout and your 10% discount will automatically be applied when logging in with the email address registered to your membership. Having trouble booking? Please call us to book on 0344 225 1826 or email



    2021 Dates and Prices


    Meet the Elephants takes place at 4:00pm, Wednesday – Sunday and Bank holiday Mondays in February Half Term, the Easter Holidays and late May through to September. 


    £99 per person

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