Whipsnade Adventure Trail for young readers

Elephants at Whipsnade Zoo with their keeper
Elephants at Whipsnade Zoo with their keeper

It’s the 35th anniversary of legendary author Rod Campbell’s famous book Dear Zoo and Macmillan Children’s Books are teaming up with Whipsnade to provide a new experience for the whole family to enjoy.

From Saturday May 27 to Sunday June 4 they can embark on a self-guided adventure trail around the UK’s largest zoo, discovering the real-life animals that inspired the nation’s favourite childhood read – including elephants, lions and giraffes.

Children of all ages can follow the popular book’s characters on this fun-packed journey, collecting stamps and taking part in exciting activities at each stop – before settling down for a cosy Dear Zoo reading session at the storytelling hub.

Whipsnade spokesperson Victoria Sage said: “We’re sure families will love becoming part of the story with this thrilling adventure trail.”

Visitors following the pathway will see the new Centre for Elephant Care – opened by the Queen earlier this month – which is now the £2 million home for the zoo’s herd of nine Asian elephants. They will also be able to catch a glimpse of Whipsnade’s group of newly-arrived African hunting dogs.

> Save 10 percent when you book tickets online at www.zsl.org