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Gorilla Kingdom
  • Opened by Duke of Edinburgh in March 2007, the Gorilla Kingdom is home to a group of western lowland gorillas, and consists of a moated island with an indoor gym for the gorillas to use. The Gorilla Kingdom areas also features smaller enclosures housing eastern black and white colobus, white-naped mangabeys and creasted black macaque.
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Meet the Monkeys
  • Opened by comedians Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt of The Mighty Boosh in 2005, Meet the Monkeys is a walk-through enclosure that houses a troop of black-capped squirrel monkeys. The exhibit has no roof, and there are no boundaries between the monkeys and the visitors. It is the southernmost enclosure in the zoo.
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Animal Adventure
  • Animal Adventure (formerly called the Ambika Paul Children's Zoo) opened in 2009 and is an area aimed primarily at children, featuring playgrounds and a water fountain. Many of the animals in Animal Adventure are domestic animals such as sheep, donkeys, llamas, alpacas, goats and ferrets, as well as rare breeds such as silkie chickens, rex rabbits and kunekune pigs. Exotic species on display include yellow mongooses, crested porcupines, aardvarks, prairie dogs, ring-tailed coatis and one of the zoo's two groups of meerkats. The meerkat enclosure features a tunnel that children can crawl through until they reach a see-through dome that allows them to see directly into the enclosure.
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Komodo Island of Dragons
  • Opened by Sir David Attenborough in 2004
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In With The Spiders
  • Europe's only walkthrough spider enclosure, opened in 2015
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Mappin Pavilion
  • Designed in 1920 by John James Joass. Listed Grade II. The Mapping Tea Pavilion, built in an Italianate style, were part of the original terraces design, but their construction was delayed until after World War One
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Whipsnade Zoo (14)
  • Sir Peter Chalmers Mitchell (ZSL Secretary 1903-1935) was inspired by a visit to the Bronx Zoological Park to create a park in Britain as a conservation centre. Hall Farm, a derelict farm on the Dunstable Downs, 30 miles (48 km) to the north of London was purchased by the Zoological Society of London in 1926 for £13,480 12s 10d, The site was fenced, roads built and trees planted. The first animals arrived at the park in 1928, including two Lady Amherst's pheasants, a golden pheasant and five red junglefowl. Others soon followed, including muntjac, llama, wombats and skunks. Whipsnade Park Zoo opened on Sunday 23 May 1931. It was the first open zoo in Europe to be easily accessible to the visiting public. The collection of animals was boosted in 1932 by the purchase of a collection from a defunct travelling menagerie and some of the larger animals walked to the zoo from Dunstable station. During the Second World War, the zoo acted as a refuge for animals evacuated from London Zoo. During 1940, 41 bombs fell on the park with little damage to the zoo structure. Some of the ponds in the park are the remains of bomb craters from this period.
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Elephant Herd
  • Whipsnade Zoo keeps a herd of nine Asian elephants. Their paddock is seven acres, and featured three pools, mud wallows and dust baths. The elephant herd has a brand new indoor facility, the Centre for Elephant Care, which opened in Easter of 2017.
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Birds of the World
  • A daily educational show in which keepers present various bird species demonstrating their natural abilities to an audience of visitors. Birds used in the show include Blue-and-yellow macaws, European eagle owl, Harris hawks, toco toucan, bald eagle and hyacinth macaws.
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