Address: Whipsnade Zoo, Dunstable LU6 2LF
Whipsnade Zoo is open every day of the year except Christmas Day.
They are open from 10am until 6pm from 26th March 2023 until 4th September 2023, the from 10am to 5pm from the 5th September to 28th October 2023. From 29th October 2023, they revert to winter opening times of 10am to 4pm until the 10th February 2024. Opening times for dates after this date will be published at a later date.
It is mandatory to purchase tickets in advance when planning to visit Whipsnade Zoo, and there is no facility to pay on arrival at present. Prices are as follows;
Off Peak tickets are priced at £25.91 per adult, £16.86 per child (3-15 years), concessions £23.32, childen consessions £16.86, under 3's Free.
Standard tickets are priced at £28.50 per adult, £19.90 per child (3-15 years), concessions £25.60, childen consessions £19.90, under 3's Free.
Standard (Weekend) tickets are priced at £30.00 per adult, £21.00 per child (3-15 years), concessions £27.00, childen consessions £21.00, under 3's Free.
You may pay £25.00 to take your car into Whipsnade. There is no other way to access the Asia drive-through are or to access Mount Whipsnade without doing this. There is a train that runs past some of this exhibit, which you can pay to go on, but it does not access the Deer Park.
Ticket Information: (Information taken from ZSL Whipsnade Zoo website)
I am bringing children with me who are under three. Do I need to pay for them?
Children under the age of 3 years are entitled to free entry to Whipsnade Zoo. Please ensure you book a ticket for them when you book yours so that they know how many visitors to expect.
I have a London Pass/Go City Explorer Pass – is Whipsnade Zoo included? No, London Pass/Go City Explorer Pass only includes London Zoo.
How do I redeem my BuyAGift/Virgin Experience Days voucher? Whipsnade Zoo are now accepting BuyAGift, Red Letter Days and Virgin Experience Days vouchers. To book your Zoo visit, please send an email to email@example.com with the following information:
Full postal address
Date of trip
How do I redeem my Leisure Vouchers or Tesco Clubcard vouchers?
The zoo no longer accepts Leisure Vouchers or Tesco Clubcard vouchers.
Can I use my Blue Peter badge to obtain free entry? What do I need to show for this?
A child, aged 5 - 15 years, who produces a valid Blue Peter badge card at the gate will be given free entry when accompanied by a full paying adult. One full paying adult will be required for each qualifying child and the adult ticket must be purchased upon arrival at the Zoo.
Do you sell a family ticket?
The zoo does not have a family ticket available as part of their standard ticketing. They may occasionally offer a family ticket as a promotion.
Do you offer a discount for students?
If you are a UK or international student then you will be entitled to the concession rate ticket, please remember to bring any valid ID with you that shows you are a student, with your pre-booked ticket on arrival, to guarantee entry.
I have a disability. What tickets do I buy? Adult and child guests who are registered disabled are entitled to disabled adult or child ticket rates. An essential carer enters free with each ticket. To collect the essential carer ticket, please make sure you bring along your supporting documents that shows you require a carer as well as a copy of your ticket that you have purchased in advance. These may include the following:
Disability Allowance Letter
Any other appropriate supporting documentation as issued by your local authority
Do you do discounts for NHS and military staff?
Unfortunately they do not currently offer any military or NHS discount.
The tickets say my name on, can anyone use them?
This will not affect entry for the person using the ticket. The name of the purchaser will always be on the ticket when processed; however this can be different to the person using the ticket as long as they have it with them on arrival. If you are a member and you have pre-booked a slot, you are not able to transfer this ticket to anyone else.
Do I need to print my tickets?
As long as you have purchased your tickets directly from ZSL via the website or phone line, you do not need to print your tickets; they will be accepted when displayed on smart devices such as phones or tablets. Simply download your tickets and present the relevant barcodes to a member of our admissions team on arrival.
Facilities - These details have been taken from the Zoos Website (25/04/23) Can I store my luggage when I visit? Unfortunately there is no facility to store luggage at Whipsnade Zoo.
Can you hire wheelchairs? Yes, wheelchairs are available for hire from both London Zoo and Whipsnade Zoo on a first come, first served, basis. Alternatively, you call ahead and reserve one of the wheelchairs in advance via 0344 225 1826. You’ll need to pay a £25 deposit when hiring a wheelchair, but this will be refunded after the wheelchair is returned to Zoo staff undamaged.
Alternatively, a mobility scooter is available on a first come, first served basis for a charge of £20 plus a refundable deposit of £30.
Can you hire pushchairs?
At both of the Zoos, pushchairs are available to hire from the gift shop. The single buggies are £10 to hire and require a £15 refundable deposit. The double buggies are £15 to hire and require a £15 refundable deposit.
Can you hire trikes?
Micro Trikes are available to hire for toddlers from the gift shop for just £10 (£15 refundable deposit applies).
Can I bring a guide dog into the Zoo?
Assistance dogs are not currently permitted inside Whipsnade Zoo because they have free-roaming animals such as mara, wallabies, Chinese water deer and muntjac around our Zoo. They use all of the Zoo and therefore the zoo is not able to offer routes for assistance dogs at present. They do offer two kennels which are located in a quiet area at the entrance of the Zoo for assistance dogs to stay during your visit.
Many dogs may not like being left all day in this new kennel with the smells and sounds of the Zoo so close so please contact the support centre in advance of your visit to make alternative arrangements on 0344 225 1826 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Can you bring a picnic into the Zoo?
You are welcome to bring your own picnics and the zoo provides picnic tables around both of the sites for you to use.
Where can I park my car?
Whipsnade has a large, free car park just outside the zoo.
Do your car parks have height restrictions? No.
When do the car parks open/close?
The car park at Whipsnade Zoo is open from 8am, closing roughly an hour after the Zoo closes.
Are all animals on show?
Your great day out is of paramount importance to the zoo. However, so is the welfare of the animals and on occasions, they may have some important care that the zoo needs to do for the animals, that requires them to remain off show.
Are any of the enclosures closed in the winter months?
Some of the animals do like to stay indoors when it is a bit colder or wet outside and as such, there is indoor viewing areas for most of the enclosures.
How do I report lost property?
To report a lost item at Whipsnade Zoo, please fill out the lost property log, and one of the zoo's team will get back to you if it’s been found.
When visiting Whipsnade Zoo by car there are two options:
You may park in the free external car park with designated Accessible parking bays and push around the Zoo
You may drive into the Zoo and park in specified areas around the Zoo (if you have a blue badge, essential car entry is free of charge, otherwise it is £25 per car).
An essential carer is also optional, free of charge, for you to enjoy the Zoo with the support that you need.
Please note Whipsnade Zoo is not a safari park.
There is an underpass that gets visitors from the external free car park to the entrance to the Zoo. This is ramped but is a steep ramp out of the underpass.
There is level ramp access to the following areas:
All Animal indoor houses including Butterfly House and Aquarium
Base Camp Restaurant and Viewpoint Kitchen and Deli
Birds of the World Arena to view the displays
Hullabazoo indoor and outdoor play areas
First Aid Point (next to the Visitor Centre)
The steam train (Please note, two wheelchairs can be accommodated on the train per trip – due to Covid restrictions, the train is not running at the moment, please check before you visit if it is running to avoid disappointment)
Owl Wood - Access may cause wheelchair users some difficulty, as it is covered by bark chippings in order to subdue the noise.
Wheelchair hire They have a limited number of wheelchairs that are available for hire on a first-come, first-served basis and it is therefore advised to book them in advance of your visit by calling the Retail Shop on 01582 871517. A deposit of £25 is required which will be refunded on return of the wheelchair at the end of your visit.
The wheelchairs are non-motorised and are not self-propelling.
It is also possible to hire a mobility scooter, and again I, recommend booking in advance of your visit. A mobility scooter will cost £20 to hire, plus a refundable deposit of £30.
Until the permanent changing place facility is created (coming soon!), they have a temporary but fully functioning Changing Place facility on site, located behind the Butterfly House/Aquarium (car park side). This facility is accessed by RADAR key. If you do not have a RADAR key please head to Hullabzoo indoor play area to borrow one. The temporary unit is leaving on the 14th November, but the new permanent facility is expected to open at the end of November.
Wheelchair accessible toilets can be found at:
Main entrance (RADAR key access; RADAR key available in shop if required)
Lawn area before Butterfly House/Aquarium
Reindeer/Viewpoint Kitchen and Deli
Conditions Inside The Zoo:
Elephant car park – this is a loose substrate area and can be very bumpy
Elephant access from Indian Rhinos – this is a grassy path which during winter months can be prone to flooding.
Path from Base Camp to flamingos – this is a steep path if you are going up towards flamingos.
Owl wood – bark chip is down to minimise the noise for these animals that are sensitive to noise. Because of this, pushing on this substrate may be more difficult.
Hullabazoo Adventure Play has the following accessible play equipment:
Ramped sand play access
Water pump at height
Flat accessible roundabout
Wide carousel swing
Hullabazoo Indoor Play:
Booking is required at the moment due to reduced capacity
Play area is for 10 years and younger
The toddler play area is accessible by wheelchair but all other areas are accessed by climbing apparatus.
The café and seating area is fully accessible.
Micro trikes and pushchairs
Pushchairs and micro trikes are available to hire from the gift shop at the Zoo:
The single buggies are £10 to hire and requires a £15 refundable deposit
The double buggies are £15 to hire and requires a £15 refundable deposit
Micro Trikes are available to hire for toddlers for just £10 (£15 refundable deposit applies)
Whipsnade Zoo Catering
Base Camp Restaurant
10am-3pm, every day
Base Camp BBQ
Open weekends from 12pm-3pm.
Viewpoint Kitchen and Deli
Viewpoint Kitchen Deli is open every day from 10am-3pm.
Viewpoint Kitchen Restaurant is open weekends only from 12pm-3pm.
Visitor Centre Cafe
10am-6pm, every day
Station Store Picnic Shop
Open weekends only from 10am-3pm
10am-5pm, every day
Open weekends only from 10am-3pm
Whipsnade Catering Review
Whipsnade offers a lot of choice when it comes to catering, from sit down meals, to snacks. I opted to get a drink and a chocolate bar given the queue for the Basecamp Restaurant was too big, even for a school day with not a huge amount of visitors. I did eat in there the night before as part of my Lookout Lodge experience and details of that are shown in that review below.
Whipsnade Zoo - Review 19/04/23
When it comes to reviewing zoos, I have to look at a number of angles when evaluating, and of course one of the biggest ones is value for money. The majority of families, would not realistically be able to afford a trip to Whipsnade Zoo, as weekend visits would set you back £102 for 2 adults and 2 children, and they would also find it quite a long walk around the zoo. If they take their car in with them, they are looking at £127, which when you consider fuel costs and energy costs, I feel a lot of people wouldn't be able to afford a day out at what I would say is one of the better collections in the UK.
For me, admission is £28.50 + £25 to take in my car, so at £53.50, it is the most expensive collection in the UK to visit. Now for most people, they will say, taking in your car is very much optional, but for me, I like hoofstock, and I want to be able to see all the animals when I go to a zoo, so I don't want to miss out on seeing the Derk Park and Asia Plains. Also, Whipsnade is a very large zoo, and with your car, you can save a lot of time walking, which allows you to see everything. I would personally say, that on foot, you can't quite do it all in a day, if you want to see everything and go back to see things over and over again. I had my car, and was there for 2 days, and even I didn't manage to see everything, so I would easily say that without car access, the zoo is a minimum 2 day job to see it all.
Where Whipsnade is better value to visit for me, than London, is that there is no clean air zone charge, and no expensive car park, things that make a trip to ZSL London, rather offputting for me,
Aside of the financial side of Whipsnade, I would say, it is easily one of my favouirte zoos to visit, and as a photographer, large exhibits, a lot of key species and well planted exhibits make for good photos. The Deer Park and Asian Plains give nice back drops to your images, and I feel that Whipsnade is a very relaxed site, and I like that a lot of the exhibits have viewpoints that can be taken in without mesh.
I've personally not previously considered the Annual Pass at ZSL, but I am now tempted by it. For me, at £106 a year on direct debit for both parks and unlimited visits it makes appeal, but the one thing that sits a little uneasy with me, is that even with membership I would have to pay £12.50 to take my car in to Whipsnade, and parking at London is only free on off-peak days. I feel this is slightly insulting to those happy to pay for membership, which is £132.50 if you pay by card, but at £106 for direct debit, I would only consider that option. Now if I went to London, it would only be on off-peak days for free parking, and I would probably go to Whipsnade maybe 3/4 times a year, so realistically my membership will cost me roughly £156 a year. In order for this to be viable, I would need to go 3 times to cover my membership fee, but with 10% off catering and 10% off VIP Experiences, I could probably justify the outlay, although I do feel if you sign up for Gold membership, you should get free car entry and not have to pay still.
They do offer a Silver Membership for unlimited visits to both zoos at £80.50 on Direct Debit or £100.63 by card, but with this, you get no discount on experiences, catering, parking or car entry, so for the extra £25.50, for me it would make no sense to purchase anything bar the Gold membership.
You might read this and think I am being a bit harsh on Whipsnade, but I have to be honest and fair when it comes to reviewing zoos and for me, I think the zoo is expensive to visit, even for myself, and I genuinely feel this will affect a number of people visiting.
As for the collection, it has a good range of animals with a lot of the big ABC species which many people come to zoos to see. Asian Elephants (Elephas Maximus), African Lion (Panthera Leo), Amur Tiger (Panthera Tigris Tigris), Reticulated Giraffe (Giraffa Camelopardalis Reticulata), Common Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus Amphibius), Cheetah (Acinonyx Jubatus), Southern White Rhino (Ceratotherium Simun Simun), Indian One Horned Rhino (Rhinocerus Unicornis), Red Panda (Ailurus Fulgens) and Eurasian Brown Bear (Ursus Arctos Arctos) are easily the big draw attractions for the collection, but Whipsnade is blessed to have a large amount of hoofstock who are spread out on large spacious paddocks.
The attractive Gemsbok (Oryx Gazella), and Blesbok (Damaliscus Pygargus Phillipsi) share a large paddock with Southern White Rhino, whilst Przewalski's Horse (Equus Ferus Przewalski) and Domesticated Bactrian Camel (Camelus Bactrianus) are out on the Asian Plains. A heavily native themed European zone is home to Wolverine (Gulo Gulo), Lynx (Lynx Lynx Lynx), Eurasian Bison (Bison Bonasus) and Wild Boar (Sus Scrofa), whilst a small range of primates held at Whipsnade include Chimpanzees (Pan Troglodytes) and Ring-Tailed Lemur (Lemur Catta), of which the latter are in a walkthrough.
Part of the charm of Whipsnade is not just the large exhibits, but also the free roaming animals. During the summer months, Bennett's Wallaby (Notamacropus Rufogriseeus), Patagonian Mara (Dolichotis Patagonum) and Chinese Water Deer (Hydropotes Inhermis) are often seen wandering around the site. Not held in exhibits and not tame either, they are often seen venturing in and out of other exhibits and interacting with other animals which is always a joy to see. On this visit, I got to witness a juvenile Giraffe interacting with a Patagonian Mara and strangely enough, it was the animal about 500 times its size that was more scared!
Whipsande offers a lot of facilities which will keep all visitors entertained and has a good range of animal talks, whilst signage is also very good, and maps are still given out in paper form, as well as maps all around the site.
For me Whipsnade has everything I like about a zoo, and a range of eateries which will suit most budgets, a large picnic area for those who bring a packed lunch, whilst a good number of toilets scattered around the zoo.
There is also plenty of sheltered areas at the zoo, so on a wet day, you don't need to get soaked.
I do like Whipsnade. It has a great range of animals and everything is spaced out nicely and there are a number of my favourite animals at the zoo, notably Red Panda, Eastern Bongo (Tragelaphus Eurycerus Isaaci), Pygmy Hippopotamus (Choeropsis Liberiensis), Indian One Horned Rhino, Aardvark (Orycteropus Afer) and Przewalski's Horse. It is well spaced out and gives the views across valleys and rolling hills, and it is a very photogenic place.
It would easily be one of my favourite days out, but the only downside, is how expensive it is to visit.
Whipsnade Zoo - Zookeeper Experience 2022
On the 24th April 2022, I visited Whipsnade Zoo and took part in the Keeper For The Day experience, that the zoo offers. It runs from 8.45am to 4pm, and costs £295. It is done in a group of 5 people and is run by a member of the education/hosting team at Whipsnade Zoo.
The morning starts at 8.45, where you will meet the host and other people taking part in the experience at the visitor centre. You will fill out name badges, disclaimer forms, before having breakfast and being given a T-Shirt which you can choose to wear during the experience, or just keep it in a bag. You get to keep the T-Shirt as a souvenir.
The make up of the Keeper Experience day is normally similar, but will not always contain the same animals. I have done the winter one and the summer one, and in the winter one, Elephants and Giraffes do not tend to be involved, but are very much part of the summer program. The winter one costs £195, compared to £295 for the summer one, so this is worth considering if you are not particularly swayed by what animals you meet and work with.
In April, my day started with the Indian One Horned Rhino where we were tasked with mucking out one of the stables. It was a case of clearing the floor, sweeping it, and then hosing it down, before putting down some fresh bedding for the Rhino. With 5 people and the host helping, it only took about 15 minutes, and once the cleaning had been done, we were taken to a keeper area of the exhibit and got to hand feed the two female Rhinos. We gave them some greens, as well as being able to give their nose and horn a stroke. I have always liked to get close to Rhino's and find them such laid back and lovely animals for something their size.
From Rhinos, we moved on to another Asian animal, this time doing some enrichment for Colombo, who was a Sloth Bear (Melursus Ursinus). Sadly since taking part in this experience, Colombo, who was the only Sloth Bear at Whipsnade, has since passed away, leaving the collection without this species of animal.
For this part of the experience, we heded into the animal kitchen, armed with Kong Toys, and Fire Hoses and filled them with treats that Colombo would like.
Once we had created the items, we headed out to the paddock and threw them out for Colombo, who we then observed him picking up the items and trying to retrieve his enrichment.
Enrichment is a key part of any animals behaviour and it is always good to try and stimulate natural behaviours of the animal and being able to observe this.
After the Sloth Bear, we moved on to the tallest animals in the park, the Reticulated Giraffe. Whilst we had done some cleaning first thing, and then enrichment for the bear, the Giraffes was simply a feeding session, where we were given lots of browse (Branches of Willow) and stood like trees, allowing the Giraffes to come over and feed from us.
As always it seems for me, I get the Giraffe which drolls a lot and as such I was covered in Giraffe slobber! It was great watching the Giraffe strip the leaves with their tongues and also despite being around 14 stone, nearly getting lifted off the ground by a Giraffe, showing it's sheer strength!
The morning had been a combination of differing activities, done over a nice sustained period of time, where nothing was rushed and for me, I found it enjoyable. Our final animal to meet before lunch was the Asian Elephant.
It was now back to good ole mucking out! Elephant houses are a lot bigger than Rhino houses, and they also poo a lot more! Luckily, in the house was a big truck which we had to put the poo into, and a lot of it had already been picked up, and we were sort of just finishing up. Even for April, it was very warm in there and I kind of wished I hadn't gone for T-Shirt and Jumper at this stage!
The head of Elephants was even on hand to tell us all about the Elephants of Whipsnade, and also his career working with them at another European Zoo. He spoke about how zoos had moved towards protective contact with them and also how the zoo planned to give the Elephants access to much more land in the future when they redevelop the exhibit over time.
The keeper spoke with passion and I actually found talking to him, far more interesting than what we done with the Elephants to be honest.
Once the house was clean, we headed outside and on to a mound and threw some food into the exhibit for the Elephants and watched as they came over and ate what appeared to be balls of some soaked pellet which had been turned into a ball of some description.
We didn't get close at all to the Elephants, and there was no hand feed or touching of them. I have recently seen that Whipsnade offer an Elephant hand feed, which makes me wonder if now when you do the KFAD, you might get to hand feed an Elephant, but I suspect I will book the Elephant hand feed at some point, as it is to my knowledge, the only place you can actually hand feed an Elephant now in the UK.
Seeing as the Elephants had just had their lunch, it was now time for us to have ours, and we headed to the Basecamp restaurant and for me it was a Vegetable Lasagne with Garlic Bread and Sweet Potato Fries (Sadly the Vegetable Lasagne is no longer on the menu). The food came out quite quickly, and was very tasty, and the portions were of a good size. Everyone at the table spoke about what they done for a living, and how they were enjoying the day, and their favourite bits. I was surprised that at this juncture, I was the only one in team Rhino!
The afternoon part of the experience, is a lot more laid back than the morning, and the cleaning part of the day is very much now complete, and the second part of the day, is more of a tour to different areas of the zoo, meeting certain species and doing feeds.
The first animal we got to see, was the Common Hippo. There were three Hippos at the time of this experience, of which we got to see Lola and Hodor, who are mother and son and share the same exhibit. By the time we visited, they were already out in the pond section and we soon got their attention, as we turned up with a bucket of watermelon and apple. One by one we threw pieces in for the Hippos, whether it be into the water for them to find, or waited for them to surface with their mouths open and tried to aim our fruit into their mouths.
I have not encountered many places that offer any form of Hippo experiences (Only Whipsnade and Flaming Land) and I find it a shame, they are not better represented in UK Zoos. It was enjoyable having another feeding element of the day.
Once we had finished over at the Hippo, it was time to walk all the way down to European area of the zoo. In doing so, we passed other animals and also saw a few free roaming Mara and this gave a chance for the group to ask the host a few questions about animals and so on.
Once in the European section, we started off by getting to see the Wild Boar, and at this stage there was the mother and around a dozen piglets running around. The piglets were a couple of weeks old and at this stage were still very much in the stripy humbug stage!
Our host told us all about them and how they were once hunted out of the UK, but are now back roaming the New Forest and Forest Of Dean in their droves and are somewhat of a success stroy in native wildlife conservation. Whilst this is great, it also means they have no predation, so it could be a case that at some stage they do too well.
It was at this time, we headed into the keeper area and threw out some pellet and veg for the Boars and observed them scurrying around to grab what food they could in what was very much a free for all! After the Boars, it was a slight walk back on ourselves for the Northern Lynx which there was two females in the exhibit. We had some bits of fish for them, and the plan was to try and get them to jump up for the food. Sadly, despite having the bits of food on what looked like makeshift fishing rods, they weren't really that interested in putting on a show and it was very much a case of "This Lynx does not like fish".
Lynx are often quite elusive creatures and even in the wild do not try to come into contact with humans and I know at most zoos, that keepers work in with them, as the Lynx tend to keep away from human confrontation. This always makes me wonder why people think that they are good experience animals, as you often find that they rarely stay around long or play ball! It was the second time, that I had done the Lynx on the keeper experience at Whipsnade and both times, it didn't go to plan.
We didn't stay too long at the Lynx, as I don't think anyone was keen to stare at an empty exhibit, and with that, we went to our final animal of the day, the Ring-Tailed Lemurs.
As with most Lemur encounters, the saying don't touch them came to light and it was a case of, if they jump on you thats fine, but don't try to entice them.
We were all given bits of food to feed the Lemurs and were able to get close to them. I must say, I often see Lemurs as just Lemurs and not really that exciting, but over the last year, I've actually got quite fond of them, the noises they make and their mannerisms. They are a lot more cool than I had orignially gave them credit for! Something that I may not have found too enjoyable back in April 2022, I find a lot more enjoyable now in April 2023, and I have become quite fond of Lemur encounters, especially when it's more than one species, although that isn't the case here.
This completed the days experience and we headed back to the visitor centre to reflect on the day, whilst having a drink and a piece of cake and were given feedback forms to fill in, and we spoke about the experiences.
For me, Whipsnade's keeper experience covers a lot of the aspects of what a keeper would do on a day to day basis and gives an insight into a range of species. It does involve cleaning, which may put some off, but I find it an enjoyable experience.
In both times I have done the experience there has never been any involvement with either the lions, tigers or cheetah, and this is something that I actually think would add value to the experience in quite a long way. I know some animals are rotated, but I feel a number of key animals are missed out slightly, and whilst the day is spaced out well, you work with about 8 animals across the whole day on what is effectively a 7 hour experience.
If someone wants an insight into Zoo Keeping, and would like to have an involvement with a lot of the larger animals, then I would say this was a worthwhile experience. I would say it's priced at the top end, given it's done in a group of 5 people, but it is an experience which is enjoyable and works well. It's not an experience I would particularly look to do again in it's current format, but I certainly wouldn't put anyone off doing it, and it is not a bad price, when you consider it includes Elephants and the other zoos who offer Elephant experiences charge quite high premiums for rather shorter experiences with them.
Whipsnade Zoo - Lookout Lodge 2023
On Wednesday 19th April 2023, I stayed overnight at Whipsnade Zoo, in Bear Lodge, one of the Lookout Lodges that the zoo offers overnight stays in.
As a single person, staying in a twin room lodge, my stay cost a total of £208.60, whilst if two guests were staying, it would cost £298 for the two people, which works out at £149 per person.
I stayed on what would be classed as a off-peak day, so it can cost more depending on when you chose to stay.
My stay at Lookout Lodge included;
Overnight Stay in Bear Lodge
2 days access to Whipsnade Zoo (Second day can be spent at London Zoo if you wish)
Free entry for your car on both days
Welcome glass of Prosecco (soft drink was available if you don't drink)
90 Minute Sunset Tour at 6pm
2 Course Meal in the Basecamp Restaurant
1 Hour Tourchlight Tour at 8.45pm
Buffet Style Breakfast in morning
1 Hour Morning Tour at 8.45am
In my opinion, you get plenty for your money with the Whipsnade Lookout Lodge stays and if you break it down, 2 days off peak access is worth £52, two days car access is £50, 2 course meal is worth £20 easily, breakfast is worth £15 easily, and this brings you to £137, before you consider overnight accomodation and 3 tours around the zoo with amazing hosts!
The zoo also gives you 10% off catering in the Viewpoint Deli & Cafe, as well as 15% off VIP Encounters, or 30% off the Keeper For A Day Experience if you want to book this as part of your stay!
So many zoos are offering overnight stays now, in the shape of lodges or hotels, but very few of them give you a package anything close to what is offered at Whipsnade.
If you would like to know the downsides, well there are a few. The accomodation comes with no en-suite, so you have to leave the lodges to use communal showers and toilets, so whilst this did not concern me, I appreciate it may concern some visitors.
Added to that, the phone signal in and around the lodges is rather poor, and there is no wi-fi access at the lodges. Now given you don't get back to the lodge until 9.45pm after the evening acivities, this is not the end of the world, and you have to check out at 7.30am, so again it's not a huge issue, I do think in this day and age, a phone signal booster so people could use 5G or wi-fi provided would be ideal. The final thing I would personally have liked, was the option to buy snacks to have to go back to your room, and not just a drink from the restaurant, to be back at your room.
I will say that the menu choice for the evening meal was a little limited, there was a chicken option, two fish options and a vegetarian option. It would have been nice if there was options from what was usually the menu for the restaurant, but fortunately, I was able to order an adults version of the childrens menu, so it was good that the hosts were able to sort this out. The food was of a very good standard, filling and breakfast was very very good, and there was a lot of good choice.
The Three Tours
As part of a lodge stay, you get three hosted tours, out of hours, led by a couple of passionate guides. I will say the team that led our tours were very friendly and passionate about the animals and the zoo itself and were knowledgeable. They kept asking questions to keep people interested and also asked if anyone had any questions before moving on, which was appreciated.
On the 6pm tour, we got to see Eastern Bongo, whilst throwing some carrots in for him, before we watched the Southern White Rhino in the house, where the juvenile Rhino put on a good show for us. From here, we headed past the African Wild Dogs, and Red Panda, stopping briefly to talk about them, before a scheduled stop at the Chimpanzees, where most were already asleep. The final leg of the first tour was at the Amur Tigers. It was informative and interesting and it was nice to see the animals relaxing in the spring evening sun.
After dinner, the next tour is done in torchlight, where you follow the guides to see the Caribean Flamingos in darkness, before moving on to the African Cheetah. The temperature was dropping rapidly at this stage, so it was a feeling of most people wanting to keep moving and not stopping for too long, as when you stand still it gets cold. It was nice seeing the Cheetah all huddled in their den outside (we were told this was heated) and the hosts filled us with a load of Cheetah facts, which was interesting.
The next stop was at the African Lion exhibited, where using the torches, the hosts looked for Khari and after a few minutes he came into viw, showing off his impressive vocal talents.
We also got to see him acting like a small cat, chasing his tail and it was rather enjoyable and humourous. The final part of the torchlight tour took place at the Aardvark enclosure. Just before we got to the Aardvark's, a few of us got a brief glimpse of the Porcupine, who on immediately seeing us, disappeared rapidly, but it was nice to see one of Whipsnade's most elusive residents, even if it was for less than 5 seconds.
Watching the Aardvark in darkness was very enjoyable and insightful, and I thought it would make a great video to share, so I am happy to share this below so you too, can gain an insight into Aardvark nighttime behaviour.
This completed the evening tours, but our morning tour took place at 8.45am after we had finished our breakfast.
The morning tour lasts for about an hour, and is mainly aimed at the European animals.
On the way over for breakfast, we stopped off to look at the Asian Small-Clawed Otters, and Red Panda, as well as seeing a number of the free roaming Patagonian Mara and Bennetts Wallaby, including one who had a joey, and the joey had decided to pop its head out to great us a good morning!
The morning tour is mainly in the European section, but actually starts with the Ring-Tailed Lemurs. We are taken into the walkway and positioned on the rails, and the host puts some pellet food out for them on platforms in front of us, and a number of them got pretty close. We were told lots of facts about the Lemurs and I think everyone appreciated them coming close to us.
From here, it's into the European section and that starts at the Northern Lynx enclosure. The Lynx were no shows, so we quickly moved on to the Wild Boar, where we got to see the Dad Otis, and 6 relativey young piglets. We gave them their breakfast, scattering feed for them and got to learn all about this native species. I think everyone enjoyed being able to throw the food in for them.
From the Wild Boar, we were introduced to the Wolverine, where although early in the morning, there was lots of maintenance going on in their off-show exhibit, with strimming going on. The keepers had also just fed them, as we noticed one of the pair sprinting past us with something in it's mouth!
The Wolerine were bombing around and put on a bit of a show for us.
We then left the European area, and headed to the Penguin enclosures, where we to see and learn all about the Northern Rockhopper and African Penguins that the zoo holds.
We spent a good 1-15 minutes here, before the hosts asked us if we had enjoued our stays and advised us we were now free to go where we pleased and could stay in the park or head to London for the day if we wished.
I must say, in all the lodges I have stayed in, and zoos I've stayed at, the accomodation at Whipsnade is the most basic, but that said, it has the best package. It is seriously great value for money and the tours are brilliantly hosted and add to a great evening. The food is of a good standard, and it gives you 2 days access to a great zoo. I think this is a trip away, that anyone would really enjoy and it is superb value for money.
I would have no hesitation doing it again, maybe later in the summer when a bit warmer in the evening, and the tours enable you to get some nice photos of animals, you may not normally see and also at some really good light settings for your camera. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Whipsnade Lookout Lodge, and whilst I would obviously prefer private bathing facilities, and wi-fi would be fantastic and useful, it is really a case of you are never in your lodge except to sleep and it is a fantastic price.
I would say, that this stay has now convinced me to book the one at London Zoo as well this year, which is a bit more expensive, but if it's run as well as the Whipsnade one, then I am really looking forward to it. I think I will definitely do the Whipsnade Lookout Lodge again this year, and probably tie in a couple of VIP experiences as well on that trip.
Species Held (As of 25/04/23)
Aardvark (Orycteropus afer)
Acigöl killifish* (Anatolichthys transgrediens (Syn.: Aphanius transgrediens) (Aphanius anatoliae transgrediens)*)
African butter catfish (Silver catfish) (spec. Schilbe mystus)* (Schilbe mystus*)
African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer)
African knifefish (Xenomystus nigri)
African penguin (Jackass penguin) (Black footed penguin) (Spheniscus demersus)
African sacred ibis (Sacred ibis) (Threskiornis aethiopicus)
African wild dog (No Subspecific status) (Lycaon pictus)
Alpaca (Vicugna vicugna f. pacos (Syn.: Lama guanicoe f. pacos))
American flamingo (Caribbean flamingo) (Red flamingo) (Phoenicopterus ruber ruber)
Annam leaf turtle (Mauremys annamensis (Syn.: Annamemys annamensis))
Arabian toothcarp (Arabian killifish)* (Aphaniops dispar (Syn.: Aphanius dispar dispar)*)
Arnoult\'s panchax (Pachypanchax arnoulti (Syn.: Pachypanchax sp. nov. \'Betsiboka\'))
Asian elephant (no subspecific status) (Elephas maximus)
Asian small-clawed otter (Oriental small-clawed otter) (Aonyx cinerea (Syn.: Amblyonyx cinereus))
Bactrian camel (Two-humped camel) (Camelus ferus f. bactrianus (Syn.: Camelus bactrianus bactrianus))
Badger-faced sheep* (Ovis orientalis f. aries*)
Baer’s pochard (Bear’s white-eye duck) (Aythya baeri)
Bagot goat* (Capra aegagrus f. hircus*)
Balsas splitfin* (Ilyodon whitei*)
Bantam (Gallus gallus f. domestica)
Bar-headed goose (Anser indicus (Syn.: Eulabeia indica))
Barnacle goose (Branta leucopsis)
Bateleur eagle (Terathopius ecaudatus)
Black band myleus (Black barred characin) (Disk tetra) (Myleus schomburgkii (Syn.: Tetragonopterus schomburgkii))
Black-cheeked lovebird (Agapornis nigrigenis (Syn.: Agapornis personata nigrigenis))
Black-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus)
Blackbelly tilapia (Unga barombi mbo cichlid)* (Sarotherodon linnellii*)
Blackbuck (Antilope cervicapra)
Blesbok (Damaliscus pygargus phillipsi (Syn.: Damaliscus dorcas phillipsi))
Blind cave tetra (Astyanax jordani (Syn.: Astyanax mexicanus jordani) (Syn.: Anoptichthys jordani))
Blond mangalitsa (Sus scrofa f. domestica)
Blue crane (Paradise crane) (Stanley crane) (Anthropoides paradisea (Syn.: Grus paradisea))
Blue poison dart frog (Dendrobates tinctorius var. "Azureus" (Syn.: Dendrobates azureus))
Blue-crowned laughingthrush (Pterorhinus courtoisi (Syn.: Dryonastes courtoisi) (Syn.: Garrulax galbanus courtoisi))
Blue-tailed goodeid (Ataeniobius toweri (Syn.: Goodea toweri))
Bolivian squirrel monkey (Saimiri boliviensis boliviensis)
Boreray sheep* (Ovis orientalis f. aries*)
Boxer pupfish (Boxeador pupfish)* (Cyprinodon simus*)
Cape porcupine (Southern African porcupine) (Hystrix africaeaustralis)
Central European wild boar (Sus scrofa scrofa)
Chapultepec splitfin* (Girardinichthys viviparus*)
Charco Palma pupfish (Cyprinodon veronicae)
Checkered pupfish* (Cualac tesselatus*)
Chinese crocodile lizard (Shinisaurus crocodilurus crocodilurus)
Chinese three-striped box turtle (No Subspecific status) (Cuora trifasciata)
Chinese water deer (Hydropotes inermis inermis)
Cochin (Gallus gallus f. domestica)
Common Barn Owl (No Subspecific status) (Tyto alba)
Common chimpanzee (No Subspecific status) (Pan troglodytes)
Common driftwood catfish* (Trachelyopterus galeatus (Syn.: Parauchenipterus galeatus)*)
Common emu (Great emu) (Dromaius novaehollandiae)
Common fallow deer (Dama dama (Syn.: Dama dama dama))
Common hog deer (Axis porcinus porcinus (Syn.: Hyelaphus porcinus porcinus))
Common ostrich (No Subspecific status) (Struthio camelus)
Common severum (spec. efasciatus) (incl. Red-shouldered severum) (Heros efasciatus (Heros cf. efasciatus) (Syn.: Heros appendiculatus))
Common waterbuck (Ellipsen waterbuck) (Kobus ellipsiprymnus ellipsiprymnus)
Congo blackfin (Altolamprologus calvus)
Congo tetra (Phenacogrammus interruptus (Syn.: Alestopetersius interruptus) (Syn.: Micralestes interruptus))
Corn snake (Eastern corn snake) (Pantherophis guttatus (Syn.: Elaphe guttata))
Crested partridge (Crested wood partridge) (Roul-roul) (Rollulus rouloul (Syn.: Rollulus roulroul))
Dartmoor-Pony* (Equus ferus f. caballus (Syn.: Equus przewalskii f. caballus)*)
Develi killifish (Anatolichthys danfordii (Syn.: Aphanius danfordii))
Domestic donkey (Standard donkey) (Equus africanus f. asinus)
Domestic ferret (Mustela putorius f. furo)
Domestic goat (Capra aegagrus f. hircus)
Domestic rabbit (No Breed-Status) (Oryctolagus cuniculus f. domestica)
Domestic Reindeer (Rangifer tarandus f. domestica)
Domestic Yak (Bos mutus f. grunniens (Syn.: Poephagus grunniens))
Duckbill catfish (Sorubim lima)
Dusky narrow hatchetfish* (Triportheus angulatus*)
Dwarf crocodile (Osteolaemus tetraspis tetraspis)
Dwarf zebu (Mini zebu) (Bos primigenius f. taurus)
Dyeing dart frog (Dendrobates tinctorius)
Eastern bongo (Tragelaphus eurycerus isaaci (Syn.: Boocercus eurycerus isaaci))
Edwards's pheasant (Lophura edwardsi)
Emei Shan liocichla (Mount Omei liocichla) (Grey-cheeked liocichla) (Liocichla omeiensis)
Emperor goose (Anser canagicus (Syn.: Chen canagica))
Eurasian forest reindeer (Rangifer tarandus fennicus)
Eurasian Great Grey Owl (Strix nebulosa lapponica)
Eurasian Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus)
European bison (Wisent) (no subspecies-status) (Bison bonasus (Syn.: Bos bonasus))
European brown bear (Ursus arctos arctos)
European eider (Common eider duck) (Somateria mollissima mollissima)
European white stork (Ciconia ciconia ciconia)
European wolverine (Gulo gulo gulo (Syn.: Gulo gulo sibirica))
Flagtail butterfly tetra* (Triportheus rotundatus*)
Flash pleco (Panaqolus albivermis (Syn.: Panaquolus spec. L 204))
Forktail Blue-eye (Forktail rainbowfish) (Popondichthys furcatus (Syn.: Pseudomugil furcatus) (Syn.: Papondetta furcata))
Francois' leaf monkey (White-sideburned black leaf monkey) (Trachypithecus francoisi)
Gemsbok (Southern oryx) (Oryx gazella (Syn.: Oryx gazella gazella))
Gold ring butterfly sucker (Reticulated hillstream loach) (Tiger hillstream loach) (Sewellia lineolata)
Golden Guernsey goat* (Capra aegagrus f. hircus*)
Golden saw-finned goodeid (Golden Skiffia) (Skiffia francesae)
Great white pelican (Eastern white pelican) (Rosy pelican) (Pelecanus onocrotalus (Syn.: Pelecanus roseus) (Syn.: Pelecanus mitratus))
Greater One-horned rhinoceros (Indian rhinoceros) (Greater one-horned rhino) (Rhinoceros unicornis)
Green tree python (no species or subspecies status) (Morelia viridis (Syn.: Chondropython viridis) (sensu lato))
Grevy's zebra (Equus grevyi)
Grey parrot (African grey parrot) (Congo grey parrot) (Psittacus erithacus (Syn.: Psittacus erithacus erithacus))
Guinea pig (No Breeds-status) (Cavia aperea f. porcellus)
Guppy (Breeding-form) (Poecilia reticulata f. domestica)
Harris's hawk (Bay-winged hawk) (no subspecific status) (Parabuteo unicinctus)
Hippopotamus (Common hippopotamus) (No Subspecific status) (Hippopotamus amphibius)
Hooded merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus (Syn.: Mergus cucullatus))
Hooded vulture (No Subspecific status) (Necrosyrtes monachus (Syn.: Neophron monachus))
Hyacinth macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus)
Indian gaur (Bos gaurus gaurus (Syn.: Bos frontalis gaurus))
Indian peafowl (Blue peafowl) (Indien Peacock) (Pavo cristatus)
Indian swamp deer (Rucervus duvaucelii (Syn.: Cervus duvaucelii))
Japanese sika deer (Cervus nippon nippon)
Kisaki nothobranch* (Nothobranchius flammicomantis*)
Kotsovato cichlid (Paretroplus kieneri)
La Palma pupfish (Cyprinodon longidorsalis)
Lanner falcon (No Subspecific status) (Falco biarmicus (Syn.: Hierofalco biarmicus))
Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae (Syn.: Dacelo gigas))
Lemon cichlid (Neolamprologus leleupi (Syn.: Lamprologus leleupi))
Lesser rhea (Darwin`s rhea) (Rhea pennata (Syn.: Pterocnemia pennata))
Lion (No subspecies-status) (Panthera leo)
Lipstick leporinus* (Leporinus arcus*)
Longfin tetra (African long-finned tetra) (Bryconalestes longipinnis (Syn.: Brycinus longipinnis) (Syn.: Alestes chaperi))
Lowland anoa (Bubalus depressicornis)
Magpie goose (Anseranas semipalmata)
Malaysian Great Argus (Argusianus argus argus)
Mandarin duck (Aix galericulata)
Mangarahara cichlid (Ptychochromis insolitus)
Manx Loghtan* (Ovis orientalis f. aries*)
Marabou (Marabou stork) (Leptoptilos crumenifer (Syn.: Leptoptilos crumeniferus))
Marbled headstander (Abramites hypselonotus (Syn.: Abramites microcephalus))
Marbled teal (Marbled duck) (Marmaronetta angustirostris (Syn.: Anas angustirostris))
Mata-Mata (Matamata Turtle) (Chelus fimbriata (Syn.: Chelus fimbriatus))
McCord's snake-necked turtle (Roti Island snake-necked turtle) (Chelodina mccordi)
Meerkat (Suricata suricatta)
Mezquital pupfish* (Cyprinodon meeki*)
Military macaw (Green military macaw) (No Subspecific status) (Ara militaris)
Monterrey platyfish (Xiphophorus couchianus)
Negros warty pig (Visayan warty pig) (Sus cebifrons negrinus)
Nepalese red panda (Himalayan red panda) (Ailurus fulgens (Syn.: Ailurus fulgens fulgens))
Nilgai (Boselaphus tragocamelus)
Northern lynx (Lynx lynx lynx)
Northern rockhopper penguin (Tristan penguin) (Eudyptes moseleyi (Syn.: Eudyptes chrysocome moseleyi))
Northern white-faced scops-owl (Ptilopsis leucotis (Syn.: Otus leucotis))
Omani blind cave fish* (Garra barreimiae*)
Orange-headed ground-thrush (subspecies melli) (Geokichla citrina melli (Syn.: Zoothera citrina melli))
Orangespot metynnis* (Metynnis mola*)
Ornate pim catfish* (Pimelodus ornatus*)
Palito (Sturisomatichthys aureus (Syn.: Sturisoma aureum))
Panther chameleon (Furcifer pardalis)
Patagonian mara (Patagonian cavy) (Mara) (Dolichotis patagonum)
Pere David's deer (Milu) (Elaphurus davidianus)
Peters`elephantnose fish (Gnathonemus petersii)
Pied crow (Corvus albus)
Pinstripe damba (Paretroplus menarambo)
Polka-dot splitfin* (Chapalichthys pardalis*)
Potosi pupfish (Perrito De Potosi)* (Cyprinodon alvarezi*)
Powder-blue panchax (Pachypanchax omalonota (Syn.: Pachypanchax omalonotus))
Przewalski's horse (Asian wild horse) (Equus ferus przewalskii (Syn.: Equus przewalskii))
Purple glossy-starling (Lamprotornis purpureus)
Rainbow goodeid (Rainbow characodon)* (Characodon lateralis*)
Red Madagascar Panchax (Pachypanchax sakaramyi)
Red-billed Blue Magpie (Blue Magpie) (No Subspecific status) (Urocissa erythroryncha (Syn.: Urocissa erythrorhyncha) (Syn.: Urocissa melanocephala))
Red-billed hornbill (no subspecific status) (Tockus erythrorhynchus)
Red-crested turaco (Pink-crested touraco) (Tauraco erythrolophus (Syn.: Proturacus erythrolophus))
Red-crowned crane (Japanese crane) (Manchurian crane) (Grus japonensis (Syn.: Grus viridirostris))
Red-tailed laughingthrush (Trochalopteron milnei (Syn.: Garrulax milnei))
Reeves' muntjac (Muntiacus reevesi)
Reticulated giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata (Syn.: Giraffa reticulata))
Rhino catfish (Rhino pleco) (Pterygoplichthys scrophus (Syn.: Glyptoperichthys scrophus))
Ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta)
Roberta's toothcarp (Valencia robertae)
Royal panaque (No Subspecific status) (Panaque nigrolineatus)
Royal python (Ball python) (Python regius)
Sainthouse`s killifish (Sainthouse`s nothobranch)* (Nothobranchius sainthousei*)
Salda killifish* (Anatolichthys saldae (Syn.: Aphanius splendens saldae)*)
Sardine cichlid (Cyprichromis leptosoma)
Scarlet macaw (Red-and-yellow macaw) (Ara macao)
Scimitar-horned oryx (White oryx) (Scimitar oryx) (Oryx dammah (Syn.: Oryx tao) (Syn.: Oryx algazel))
Shetland pony (Equus ferus f. caballus (Syn.: Equus przewalskii f. caballus))
Siberian tiger (Panthera tigris altaica)
Silver dollar (Metynnis argenteus)
Silver mylossoma (Mylossoma duriventre)
Silver prochilodus (Semaprochilodus taeniurus)
Silver-eared mesia (No Subspecific status) (Leiothrix argentauris (Syn.: Mesia argentauris))
Snail cichlid (Small shelldweller) (Neolamprologus multifasciatus)
Soay sheep (Hebridean sheep) (Ovis orientalis f. aries)
Southern sulawesi hornbill (Southern sulawesi tarictic hornbill) (Rhabdotorrhinus exarhatus sanfordi (Syn.: Penelopides exarhatus sanfordi))
Southern white rhinoceros (Southern square-lipped rhinoceros) (Ceratotherium simum simum (Syn.: Ceratotherium simum))
Spiny hill turtle (Heosemys spinosa (Syn.: Geoemyda spinosa))
Spotted royal pleco (Watermelon panaque) (Watermelon pleco)* (Panaque nigrolineatus laurafabianae (Syn.: Panaque spec. L 330)*)
Spotted talking catfish (Whitebarred catfish) (Agamyxis pectinifrons (Syn.: Agamyxis flavopictus))
Strawberry poison frog (Flaming Poison-arrow frog) (Oophaga pumilio (Syn.: Dendrobates pumilio))
Striped Barombi Mbo cichlid* (Stomatepia mariae (Syn.: Paratilapia mariae)*)
Sudan cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus soemmeringii)
Sulawesi babirusa (Babyrousa celebensis (Syn.: Babyrousa babyrussa celebensis))
Sumatran laughingthrush (Black-and-white laughingthrush) (Garrulax bicolor (Syn.: Garrulax leucolophus bicolor))
Swan goose (Anser cygnoid (Syn.: Anser cygnoides))
Tambraparni barb (Dawkinsia tambraparniei (Syn.: Puntius tambraparniei) (Syn.: Barbus arulius tambraparniei))
Tasmanian red-necked wallaby (Notamacropus rufogriseus fruticus (Syn.: Macropus r. fruticus) (Syn.: Protemnodon r. fruticus))
Tequila splitfin (Zoogoneticus tequila)
Threadfin rainbowfish (Iriatherina werneri)
Threespot leporinus* (Leporinus friderici*)
Titicaca water frog (Telmatobius culeus)
Ural owl (No Subspecific status) (Strix uralensis)
Vatosoa katrana (Vatosoa rainbowfish) (Rheocles vatosoa)
Visayan tarictic hornbill (Penelopides panini panini)
Wattled crane (Great African wattled crane) (Bugeranus carunculatus (Syn.: Grus carunculata))
West African pygmy goat (African dwarf goat) (Cameroon dwarf goat) (Capra aegagrus f. hircus)
Western Burrowing Owl* (Athene cunicularia hypugaea*)
Western pygmy hippopotamus (Choeropsis liberiensis liberiensis (Syn.: Hexaprotodon liberiensis liberiensis))
Western sitatunga (Tragelaphus spekii gratus)
White cloud mountain minnow (Tanichthys albonubes)
White-blotched river stingray (Xingu river ray) (Potamotrygon leopoldi)
White-cheeked goby (Rhinogobius duospilus (Syn.: Rhinogobius wui))
White-faced saki (Guianan saki) (Pale-headed saki) (Pithecia pithecia (Syn.: Pithecia pithecia pithecia))
White-faced whistling-duck (White-faced tree duck) (Dendrocygna viduata)
William's electric blue gecko (Williams' dwarf gecko) (Lygodactylus williamsi (Syn.: Lygodactylus picturatus williamsi))
Wrinkled hornbill (Sunda wrinkled hornbill) (No Subspecific status) (Rhabdotorrhinus corrugatus (Syn.: Aceros corrugatus))
Y-bar Leporinus* (Leporinus y-ophorus*)
Yellow-colored dwarf flagcichlid* (Mesonauta mirificus*)