History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, set in 600 acres of Chiltern parkland on Dunstable Downs, is run by the same folks as ZSL London Zoo. On this large acreage, however, there is lots and lots of room for the animals to roam around in habitats emulating their homelands (well, this is still England, so you do have to use a little imagination, depending on the time of year you visit!).
Whipsnade is home to over 2,500 wild animals: lions, tigers, rhinos and giraffes can be seen in almost natural conditions. Many of these animals are endangered in the wild. Whipsnade has a worldwide reputation for its role in the breeding and conservation of rare animal species and breeds.
A full-size steam railway, the Jumbo Express, takes visitors past wallabies and maras which range freely throughout the park. Visitors may also drive their own vehicles through the parkland, seeing the animals close up, or take one of the regular shuttle buses through the park.
Address: Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England, LU6 2LF
Attraction Type: Family Attraction
Location: 4 miles S of Dunstable. Signposted from the M1 (junction 9 and junction 12) and other major roads
OS: TL006 178
Photo Credit: Mark Anderson, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low to exceptional) on historic interest
Whipsnade Tree Cathedral - 0.2 miles (Cathedral)
Dunstable Downs and Whipsnade Estate - 1.6 miles (Countryside)
Edlesborough, St Mary's Church - 2.3 miles (Historic Church)
Eaton Bray, St Mary the Virgin Church - 2.7 miles (Historic Church)
Dunstable Priory - 2.7 miles (Historic Church)
Ashridge - 3.5 miles (Historic House)
Ashridge Estate - 3.6 miles (Countryside)
Stocks Farm Dovecote - 3.7 miles (Historic Building)
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