Oh Whipsnade Zoo – how we have neglected you over the last 3 months. We’re sorry but that stretch from mid-May to the end of term is always the hardest point of the year to visit – and especially now the Sealion Keeper is doing her extended day at school (until 4.15pm) our sneaky after school visits for a picnic and an ice-cream are fond memories rather than reality.
We have yet to finish the academic year but this weekend saw us ‘practising’ for the holidays so we headed up to Whipsnade to catch up with our animal friends, see the new babies and visit the new butterfly house that opened in May.
First on our list – the adorable baby sealion Oscar – who was exactly one month old yesterday.
Next time we’re hoping to see him swimming rather than just feeding and snoozing (it’s a hard life being a baby Californian Sealion)
The butterfly house is wonderful – a really lovely space and far less oppressive than the butterfly exhibit at London Zoo. I was a very lucky girl and received a dedicated macro lens for my birthday – apologies (kind of) for the number of butterfly pictures that I expect will be on my social media feeds.
The West African Crocodiles have also moved into the Butterfly House and look far happier in their new enclosure with a deeper pool and more space.
We also headed over to see the baby Ring Tailed Lemurs – not so baby anymore – they’re about 12 weeks old and are growing in independence by the minute.
We couldn’t miss a trip to the Birds of the World show (I reckon I’ve now sat through pushing 200 of these) and it was great to see so many of the macaws flying at the end.
We were sat next to a group of Brownies who were awestruck by the whole experience – 6th High Barnet Brownies you were a credit to your leaders and I hoped you were suitably impressed by Apache the American Bald Eagle…
At this point I need to add that I was a complete div and dropped my keys in the Bird Show arena. Mahoosive thanks have to go to bird trainer Leigh-Ann and Alison from Membership Services for reuniting us with them and being so utterly lovely about it all.
If you’re heading up to Whipsnade Zoo this summer, you might like to read up on our top tips for visiting and also check their website – not only for 10% discount if you book your tickets online but also to see that the rather fantastic Steve Backshall is going to be there on Saturday 25th, Sunday 26th and Monday 27th July doing 4 shows a day.
Having been last year we would certainly recommend going to see Steve (it’s included in the price of your ticket) but allow extra time for travelling!