Whipsnade 2015

A sparsely populated zoo in winter.

This is one of the two major zoos operated by ZSL, but is nothing like its sister London Zoo. Zoos have their own strengths. At London Zoo, it is the indoor enclosures like the rainforest house. Whipsnade, on the other hand, is absolutely enormous, more like a safari park, and the outdoor enclosures are where it excels. Sadly, we visited at the wrong time of year, and the icy weather meant that many animals were in their winter slow-down, and half of the zoo was empty.

As reptile keepers ourselves, we were hoping to enjoy the reptile house, but I think a lot can be said by the total lack of pictures that I took in there. This gallery therefore concentrates instead on the animals that were braving the British cold.