Elephantastic weekend returns to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo!
Animal lovers should be sure to add Elephantastic to their autumn diaries, a weekend-long celebration of the majestic elephant, at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo marking the world-wide Elephant Appreciation Weekend.
Through unforgettable elephant encounters, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s Elephantastic event raises money for international science and ZSL’s Asian elephant conservation and research projects.
Celebrating big-style, you’re invited to a shindig jam-packed with elephant activities including talks, tours*, food, face painting and an ele encounter for just £6 a person.
Spend a day with our herd
- Behind the scenes barn tours for £5
- Ele encounters for £6 - say hi to one of our Asian elephants, feed them a piece of fruit and snap a photo!
- VIP keeper barn tours for £12
- Elephant bath time talk
- Conservation station
- Elephant walks & talks
- Face painting
- Asian music & dance
*Please note, all meet and greets and tours will be sold on the day, on a first come, first served basis and are cash only. There are no ATMs on site, but cash back will be available from the Visitor Centre gift shop.
Raising funds for elephant conservation
These two special days are not only a celebration of how amazing elephants are but also to raise awareness of the threats that they face with all funds raised through activities on site going directly to ZSL’s elephant conservation work.
ZSL currently works in three protected areas within the Western Forest Conservation Complex (WEFCOM) located near the Myanmar border.
Habitat destruction is common in Thailand. Remaining forests are under increasing pressure due to human activities. Unfortunately this brings the animals living in these forests into contact and conflict with people living nearby.
ZSL is working to monitor and mitigate conflict between humans and elephants around the boundaries of three protected areas: Salakpra Wildlife Sanctuary, Sri Nakaren National Park and Chaloem Ratanakosin National Park. Approximately 200 Asian elephants live in this landscape.
Working closely with the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, ZSL runs a comprehensive programme to monitor, mitigate and initiate community outreach to address conflict between humans and elephants. Through the development of new technologies and outreach initiatives, ZSL is currently working with community groups and protected area mangers to mitigate the effects of crop raiding.
The annual event will this year coincide with ‘E is for Elephant’, a campaign which aims to raise awareness about current efforts to close the ivory trade market in the UK. The campaign formed as part of a coalition between ZSL, Stop Ivory – a non-governmental organisation dedicated to elephant conservation – and many other partners, including the Royal Foundation.
Asian elephants are classified as Endangered by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, and they are also classified as one of ZSL’s EDGE species, a threatened species with a significant amount of unique evolutionary history.
Elephantastic is included in a normal entry ticket.