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Zookeeper for a day at Whipsnade zoo, Dunstable

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Experience a truly memorable day out at the UK's biggest zoo. ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is home to some 3,000 animals and set in 600 acres of lush countryside overlooking the beautiful Chiltern Downs.
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  • It was a fantastic day that I would recommend to anyone who is interested in animals, we did some mucking out of rhino and elephant enclosures, helped construct toys for enrichment, fed a wide range o...  more »
  • Wonderful behind the scenes view and honest appreciation of what it takes to be the parents of over 100 species of animals and 1000+ individual inhabitants on the hill at whipsnade. Cristal made it ea...  more »
  • Had an amazing day at Whipsnade zoo bring a keeper for the day. Started at 8.45 with a great breakfast and a talk on what we would be doing. Then alongside 4 other keepers for the day and our 'real' k...  more »
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  • Loved the experience. Well kept animals and beautiful landscape connecting to Dunstable Downs. It is better if you have annual pass and visit regularly. Parked the car in outer parking which is free and done my 11000 steps in a nice sunny day and enjoyed taking photographs. Book tickets online to get discount.
  • Great local venue and, aside from the Zoo itself, a great vantage point to view the Chiltern Hills as far as the eye can see. Great new Elephant House and the Butterfly House is for the best part to meander around. Unfortunately the Wolves have gone however they have been replaced by African Hunting Dogs which are very interesting in their own right. My only disappointment is the state in which visitors leave the cafe area - shocking. Give the staff a chance and​ tidy up after yourselves!
  • Disappointed. Just seemed like a very expensive walk around a park. We had 2 under 3s who had a great time running around but scarcely realised they'd visited a zoo. We took the bus around the zoo and saw 3 elephants being walked. Some rhinos and zebras.. from a distance and flamingos. We got off the bus for a look around eventually made our way to some tired penguins, on leaving the enclosure there were no signs to direct you to a next spot.. we picked a path and trudged on poor grandpa in tow (thinking maybe I should've just paid the £25 to bring the car in for his sake) past the brown bears who were nowhere to be seen.. the chimps who seemed to be sleeping somewhere inside the dark enclosure. 'There don't seem to be many animals in this zoo' we commented to a passing lady with her 2 young boys; she picked up that we were only day visitors - with some sympathy - and not ZSL members like herself. At 5pm on a nice sunny day half term weekend the park and car park were nearly empty.. that good, for £28 per adult (which includes £3 donation.. in fine print) and not much less for children over 3.. oh and car park was 'free'.
  • A chair made out of Elephant poo! Children bored? Want to do something different, this single item was a huge hit. The zoo has great space and large grounds, all laid out really well. We walked just over 5 miles that day just around the enclosure. Do bring lots of water / snacks as that is the expensive item to buy on site.
  • We're members and here all of the time. It's a beautiful and extensive site. The children's play park is huge and caters to all age groups well. The soft play is also lovely with a great booking in system, on a busy day you had better go and get booked in first thing as there is a limited capacity. There are plenty of cafes dotted around the zoo with a good range of food, it is expensive but it's as you would expect for a zoo. There are plenty of well kept and accessible toilet facilities.