Whipsnade Wild Animal Park is one of Europe's largest wildlife conservation parks. It is home to more than 2,500 animals, many of which are endangered in the wild.
Whipsnade opened in 1931. Sir Peter Chalmers Mitchell (ZSL Secretary 1903-1935) envisaged the Park as a conservation centre and it was the first open zoo in Europe, to be easily accessible to the visiting public. The animals have sizeable enclosures, or, like the peacocks, the South American mara and Australian wallabies, roam freely around the park.
Whipsnade is home to over 2,500 wild animals many of which are free to wander in large paddocks, emulating their natural habitat.
Whipsnade has a worldwide reputation for itsrole in the breeding and conservation of rare animal species and breeds.
Whipsnade has also created its very own "hill figure" - the outline of a giant (160 yards long) lion carved into the chalk hillside in emulation of the ancient hill figures such as the White Horse of Uffington and the Cerne Abbas Giant.
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