Pre-visit checklist

Please see the information and links below for all of the information you would need for a visit to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. 


Behaviour Guidelines

PDF icon School/Group Behaviour Guidelines (321.45 KB)


Pre-visit presentation

Use this PowerPoint presentation to help you prepare your class for their visit to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.


File Pre-visit Primary teacher resource pack (13.56 MB)

File Pre-visit Secondary teacher resource pack (13.35 MB)


PDF icon Pre-visit Primary teacher resource pack (4.28 MB)

PDF icon Pre-visit Primary teacher resource pack (4.21 MB)


Map and visitor information

A map of the Zoo and helpful information for planning your school visit

PDF icon WHIPSNADE_ZOO_Teacher's Guide_Online_Autumn 2022.pdf (3.46 MB) (3.46 MB)

Check our daily talks and events


Getting to the Zoo

Please see our complete guide on finding your way to the Zoo by public transport. Whether you're coming by bus, train or car, this page has all the information you need.



Coach parking at the Zoo

Coaches can park for free in the ZSL Whipsnade Zoo car park, subject to available space, Coaches are not able to enter ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.


Activity sheets

Our activity sheets to help pupils to make the most of their time in the Zoo. These sheets are designed to encourage observation and discussion.

Download some of our online resources for use before, during and after a trip to the Zoo.

Please support ZSL’s sustainability aims and print all resources double-sided and fold them in half to make a booklet.


Risk Assessment

Like all zoos and wildlife parks, we have to operate under the Zoo Licensing Act. We are subject to an annual inspection by enforcing officers, who look at the way we take care of our animals and the safety of visitors and staff. 


Education workshops

Have you booked your education workshop? Workshops are curriculum linked and available during UK term time. Workshops are FREE from 1 September to February half term. Charges apply from the February half term to the end of the summer term.


Eating lunch at the Zoo

There are a number of spaces that can be used by school groups for lunches. If there is fair weather, we have abundant outdoor green spaces to use as picnic areas.

If there is inclement weather, we have an Indoor Picnic area which is prioritised for school groups on weekdays. This cannot be booked and is on a first come first served basis. We also have wet weather shelters dotted around the zoo which you can use for lunch.


School Souvenirs

Have your students take home a special ZSL souvenir as a reminder of their time at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. Save time and hassle by ordering souvenirs ahead of time to be picked up in bulk during your visit at the main gift shop. Or have your order sent directly to your school. Please contact for more details