ZSL Whipsnade Zoo's environmental policy

As well as our extensive conservation field programmes and endangered species breeding work, ZSL is also working hard to improve the way we manage our Zoo sites to reduce negative environmental impacts and enhance ecological and social benefits.

At ZSL Whipsnade Zoo we are:

  • Operating our first renewable energy project which heats the indoor pools for our One-horned rhinos using solar panels and an air heat exchange system.
  • Halving our water consumption by filtering and recirculating moat water and installing a reed-bed system below the hippos and at Wild Bite Cafe.
  • Improving our energy and fuel efficiency through new condensing boilers, insulation of pipes and using electric vehicles on site.
  • Encouraging local wildlife such as the extremely rare Barberry moth with planting several thousand barberry bushes on site
  • Improving the condition of our spectacular natural areas such as our Site of Special Scientific Interest chalk grassland and ancient woodlands.
  • Encouraging recycling to staff and visitors with recycling points all round the Zoo and behind the scenes.
  • Demonstrating green ideas to our visitors through signs around the site with tips on how to protect the environment and conserve local wildlife.
  • Participating in the Green Tourism Business Award Scheme to help encourage all departments to get involved and make ‘green’ improvements.
  • Achieving the ISO14001 international standard for the way we manage our environmental resources.
  • Promoting Fairtrade, organic, local and seasonal products in our Zoo shops and cafes. We use free range eggs and chickens and sustainably sourced fish in our cafés.
  • Arranging a 2-4-1 ticket deal with local train and bus providers to encourage visitors to travel greener. See our How to find us page for more information.

For more information please see PDF icon ZSL's Environmental Policy (90.03 KB)