Elephantastic - Elephant Appreciation Weekend

Elephant lovers can look forward to an unforgettable weekend at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo with Elephantastic, a two-day celebration of the Zoo’s largest residents, the Asian elephants, on 16 and 17 September 2017.


Elephantastic activities

  • Bathtime talk - 10.30am
  • VIP Keeper Tours - 11am & 1.30pm* (£12 per person)
  • Behind the Scenes - 11am to 4pm* (£5 per person)
  • Elephant feed & photo opportunity - 12pm to 12.45pm & 3pm to 3.45pm* (£6 per person)
  • Elephant talk - 2pm
  • Conservation Station - All Day

*All activities are on a first come, first served basis on the day. These activities require a cash donation which goes directly towards elephant conservation and research projects.

Marking the worldwide Elephant Appreciation Weekend visitors can enjoy an up close and personal encounter with one of the Zoo’s nine elephants, feed them a tasty snack and have their photo taken – all for a small donation towards ZSL’s conservation research for elephants.

The whole family can discover exactly what it takes to care for a herd of pachyderms during VIP keeper tours and behind-the-scenes guided tours of the new Centre for Elephant Care, which was officially opened by HM The Queen in April this year.

What’s more, visitors can watch zookeepers the elephants enjoy a morning wash, attend a number of fascinating keeper talks and watch one-year-old Elizabeth, the herd’s youngest member, play in her paddock.

There will also be plenty of fun activities to entertain kids, including face-painting and a chance to dance along to the sounds of Asiawhile a host of Asian-inspired cuisine will be on offer too.

Plus, a Silent Auction and a raffle** will ensure the special day lives long in the memory as plenty of unique prizes will be on offer, such as beautiful elephant-themed artwork and animal encounters.

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**Elephantastic Raffle Terms and Conditions PDF icon Elephantastic 2017 raffle terms and conditions (426.09 KB)

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