Firstly, my boyfriend loves visiting zoos, seeing all the different animals. So, for his 40th birthday, he wanted us to go to Whipsnade Zoo, Bedfordshire. My son has visited Whipsnade Zoo several times before; therefore, this zoo was familiar to him, and to us.
Whipsnade Zoo Visual Story
We looked at a map of the zoo ahead of attending. Additionally, Whipsnade Zoo has a visual story online, which is easy to follow and very informative.
The Whipsnade Zoo visual story covers:
- Before visiting
- On arrival
- A map of the zoo
- Identifying workers at the zoo
- Transport at the zoo
- Big/small/free-roaming animals
- Sensory information for people with sensory sensitivities
- Animal talks
- Places to eat
The ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Bedfordshire accessibility page on their website provides information on the ramp access around the zoo, wheelchair access, and accessible toilets, also including a changing place facility at the Butterfly House. A carer is entitled to free entry into Whipsnade Zoo when you pay for a visitor with additional needs.
The ticket prices vary depending on peak and off-peak days, so I recommend checking the prices online before arrival. Likewise, you can buy a ticket with or without a donation. So, we booked our tickets online, getting a 10% discount off the gate price. Then, I purchased a disabled child ticket, where a carer goes free.
I made my boyfriend wear a 40 badge for the day. So I told him to embrace his age. (He doesn’t look his age).
At the Zoo
First place on the map, Europe, and we spotted a Wolverine looking out.
We stopped to take in the enchanting views of the landscape, which we all appreciated. It’s just amazing to have this natural beauty close to home.
We then headed over to admire the loveable penguins.
We travelled over to Africa, on the map, to watch the giraffes eat. My son and boyfriend were excited to see the giraffes up so close.
We saw a few free-roaming Maras around the zoo.
The Lionesses were all relaxed, sleeping and taking it easy.
Lunchtime approached, so we found a lovely spot, placed a blanket down and enjoyed our food.
We managed to see the rhinos and zebras from afar, then after we drove through the Whipsnade safari part of the zoo, overlooking the deer and camels.
After, we set off to Asia on the map to see the Asian elephants. I thoroughly enjoyed this part as elephants are my favourite animal.
It was so mesmerising watching the different butterflies fly over our heads in the butterfly house.
All three of us love aquariums, so we couldn’t wait to see Whipsnade Zoo’s new aquarium. We were enchanted by all the fish, including the mangrove of the Caribbean.
We had such a wonderful time at Whipsnade Zoo, and it was a great birthday experience for my boyfriend.
What’s your favourite animal?
*I received no payment or any other commission for writing this blog. The blog is based on our personal experience of visiting Whipsnade Zoo.