ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
“Hop aboard the Jumbo Express and see animals from Asia and Africa” - VisitEngland Assessor
Experience breath-taking animals in green open spaces at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. With over 3,500 species of animals, take in our elephant herd, sea lions, rhinos, tigers, penguins, among many others. There are thousands more surprising and fascinating facts just waiting to be discovered. So what are you waiting for? Experience it for yourself. Enjoy a really great day out that makes a real difference. ZSL Working for Wildlife.
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About the area
At its most southern point, Bedfordshire is only 35 miles from London Waterloo, so there’s a good reason for the UK’s fifth busiest airport to be called London Luton Airport. The county is one of England’s smaller in terms of area, but more than makes up for it in terms of business HQs and visitor attractions. Among the most popular of these, and among the top attractions in the UK, is ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, founded in 1931, and now covering around 600 acres.
Along similar lines Woburn Safari Park opened more recently (in 1970) and is just over half the size. Fans of old flying machines or cars will enjoy a visit to the Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden, a tiny village near Biggleswade. Among the oldest examples in the collection are a pioneering French Blériot XI from 1910, and a number of early French and German automobiles from the very late 19th century.
Bedford itself is located on either side of the River Ouse, and has a large Italian population, descended from those who came to work at a local brick factory in the 1950s.
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