After the seeing what the discovery centre had to offer we headed over the Asia area to visit the elephants and rhinos. There is a car only access road available for those who have paid the extra to bring their cars into the zoo and drive around. Whilst you may get a little closer to the animals in some areas I don’t feel that you need to do this and the trails and roadways are suitable for walking and pushchairs.
After enjoying the Asian delights and taking a peek at the sleeping tigers we decided to stop for a spot of lunch. I had packed a picnic for us to enjoy (Roo and Tigger can be fussy at the best of times) so sat on the picnic table by the lake. The Wild Bite Cafe was the main hub for food on the park and with a burger costing £5.00 it can soon add up when you have a family to feed, so I would recommend taking a little something with you to avoid this extra cost.
Moving up through the park we topped off at the cheetah enclosure and managed to watch them enjoying a playfight in the grass. There is also a running track where you can see if you can run as fast as a cheetah, both Roo and Tigger enjoyed having a go at this.
The lions unfortuantely were snoozing in the sunshine so we were unable to get a good view of them but their enclosure was large and I imagine they have great fun chasing each other. With a quick hello to the Meerkats we headed off to the main attraction… Giraffes!
Tigger was so very excited to see the giraffes in their enclosure, although they were all sitting down enjoying a rest. Walking further down towards their sheds we managed to see a giraffe enjoying picking the leaves and bark off some branches. ZSL Whipsnade are currently in the process of building a giraffe lookout point so that visitors can view the giraffes from the same height as them. It is scheduled to open later this year and I hope that we can return maybe for Tigger’s birthday in November to see the new view point.