Talks at the Zoo

Get closer to nature and learn more about animals from across the world. Our daily animal talks share the latest understanding of endangered species, their habitats, and how we can protect them.

These talks are subject to change, please check our ‘What’s On’ boards when you arrive for accurate timings and additional pop-up talks throughout the day. 

Daily events

Great Grey Owl in Owl Wood
10:30 am - Owl Wood - Weekdays Only

Owl Talk

Swoop into Owl Wood and discover how our owls have adapted to be able to use sound to navigate their surroundings.

Greek killifish in aquarium, bright red with shades of blue.
11:00 am - Base Camp - Weekends Only

Aquarium Talk

Journey into our Aquarium and learn more about some of the endangered species which call it home.

Two elephants at Whipsnade Zoo in their grassy paddock
11:30 am - Asia

Elephant Talk

Say hello to Whipsnade Zoo’s largest residents, they are highly intelligent animals with excellent memories, so they might just remember you!

Santa paws is coming to town
11:30 am - Weekends, then daily from 16th - 24th December

Christmas Creature Countdown talk

Throughout the Christmas period we’re highlighting a different species at the zoo each day. These daily talks will highlight the different enrichments our keepers make for their animals, and coincides with our Christmas enrichment competition.

Ring tailed lemur climbing at Whipsnade Zoo
12:00 pm - Base Camp

Lemur Talk

Swing into Madagascar with our charismatic troop of ring-tailed lemurs, which are down to around just 2000 remaining individuals in the wild.

A group of African black-footed penguins at Whipsnade Zoo
2:00 pm - Penguins - Weekends Only

Penguin Talk

Learn all about our flippered friends, their amazing adaptions, and the differences between our two species.

Ijuma the giraffe at Whipsnade Zoo
2:30 pm - Africa

Giraffe Talk

Learn all about the world’s tallest mammals and their incredible adaptations.

Orange butterfly perched at Whipsnade Zoo butterfly house
3:00 pm - Base Camp - Weekends Only

Tropical Talk in the Butterfly House

Journey into our Tropical House and learn more about some of the fascinating animals who live in the butterfly house.

Red panda cubs at Whipsnade Zoo
3:30 pm - Base Camp

Red Panda Talk

Early this year we were lucky enough to have two red panda cubs born at the zoo. Come along and see if you can spot them.

Our animals

  • African dwarf crocodile at Whipsnade Zoo
    Osteolaemus tetraspis

    African dwarf crocodile

    The world's smallest crocodile,

  • Asian elephants with an elephant calf
    Elephas maximus

    Asian elephants

    Asian elephants are more closely related to the extinct woolly mammoth than to the African elephant.

  • Two ring-tailed lemurs at Whipsnade Zoo
    Lemur catta

    Ring-tailed lemur

    Where do ring-tailed lemurs live in the wild? What do they like to eat? What do they look like? Find out everything you need to know about ring-tailed lemurs.

  • Chimps at Whipsnade Zoo
    Pan troglodytes


    Chimps are more closely related to humans than gorillas.

  • Greater one-horned rhino Hugo at Whipsnade Zoo
    Rhinoceros unicornis

    Greater one-horned rhino

    The are the second largest species of rhino, and our work at the Zoo is informing ZSL led recovery of their species in Nepal.

  • Our animals