Zoo Babies

baby giraffe, Whipsnade Zoo, 2 week old giraffe

Over the summer we notched up a fair few visits to Whipsnade Zoo, plus one to London Zoo where we managed to give the lovely Cas from Mummy Never Sleeps and her little boy the most whirlwind tour ever.   There are plenty of zoo babies this year and I had been desperate to see the tiger cubs - they're more teenagers now (sleeping all the time then wanting more food...) and we weren't Continue Reading

Wonderful Whipsnade

Actually mummy and HPMCQ

You know we love Whipsnade Zoo and this year is proving to support that statement even more.  Last week we had a glorious day up there with the wondrous bloggers that are Annie,Vanessa, Penny, Kirsty and Helen and their respective tribes so 17 of us in total.  We had the joy of sharing our favourite space in beautiful sunshine without the wind blowing us off our feet and with cameras, cake, much Continue Reading

Willow the Baby Giraffe

Baby Giraffe, Whipsnade Zoo, February 2014

It's been a week of long appointments and being acutely aware that there are an awful lot of people in the country at the moment that are having a really grim time.  For them, finding something small to cling to must be so hard as the waters rise and the forecast shows no letup in the rain coming down.  As I've spent many hours sitting in hospitals, I've given some thought to something that has Continue Reading

New Deadly 60 Presenters

Whipsnade Zoo, Deadly 60 presenter

The regular viewing of Deadly 60 is an essential part of your education as a potential Zoo Keeper (so the Sealion Keeper tells me).  She aspires to becoming both a Zoo Keeper (at Whipsnade, obvs mummy) and a new Deadly 60 presenter.  Now whilst personally, I think the somewhat fit (and slightly insane, canoeing with polar bears was taking it a bit too far) Steve Backshall has absolutely nothing to Continue Reading

2013 at Whipsnade Zoo

Peacock Feathers, Whipsnade Zoo

I'm not one for resolutions - 2014 will  be what we make of it! It hasn't started particularly healthily (understatement) so instead of a self-indulgent whinge, I thought I'd have a look back at our photos from our favourite place,  ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.  I have taken thousands (yes really, must sort them out a bit more) of photographs there this year and shared many of them with you already but in Continue Reading

Baby Giraffe at Whipsnade Zoo

baby giraffe, whipsnade zoo, reticulated giraffe

Things are, erm, a bit hectic at the moment.  We are tired, we are frazzled, the Cheetah Keeper and his sister are snotty, I am still on the antibiotics and, thrown into the mix is the annual 'teacher Christmas shopping' day.  This 'occasional day' is one that the school can use for having a day off for the sake of having the day off - and instead of tacking it onto the holidays at some point, it Continue Reading

Baby Elephant at Whipsnade Zoo

In the early hours of Sunday 13th October, a very big baby was born.  A very, very big baby.  Weighing over 140kg, mum Karishma gave birth to a little boy baby elephant at Whipsnade Zoo.  Yet to be named, this little one was out on show in under 12 hours with the rest of the herd.  We went up on Tuesday to try and catch a glimpse - we did but only a glimpse - certainly no pictures.  However we Continue Reading

Autumn at Whipsnade

grey squirrel

I've written before (sorry, are you yawning? please go with me on this...) about how much we love to pop up to Whipsnade Zoo after school just to check up on things and get a bit of space in our day.  Autumn at Whipsnade is beautiful - so many trees, so many leaves and so few visitors during the week!  We had to make a visit up there after the news that a baby elephant had been safely delivered on Continue Reading

Red Pandas (Ailurus fulgens)


Just under two years ago, there were 2 Red Pandas (latin name Ailurus fulgens) at Whipsnade Zoo called Tashi and Pete.  You could tell which one was Tashi as she has no tail - having lost it in an incident when she was a baby.   Tashi and Pete were together as part of the breeding programme for these lovely but vulnerable animals that are native to the eastern Himalayas and South-Western Continue Reading