VIDEO: We’re going to the zoo, zoo, zoo...crowds flock to Whipsnade

The recent warm, sunny weather and the start of the school holidays means it’s been a busy time at Whipsnade Zoo.

Crowds have been flocking to the wild animal park and a set of brand new Meet The Animals experiences have been launched, allowing visitors to get closer than ever to the zoo’s residents.

Swamp deer at Whipsnade

Swamp deer at Whipsnade

Among recent new arrivals are seven Caribbean flamingo chicks. All of the adult flamingos in the group take turns caring for the chicks, whose trademark pink feathers won’t start to grow for six months. A Grevy’s zebra foal was born on July 17 and not long after joined its mum for a first run in the paddock. Whipsnade has successfully bred 27 Grevy’s zebra foals as part of a European Endangered Species Programme.

Meanwhile, the zoo’s barasingha – also known as swamp deer – took a dip in the lake to cool down during the heatwave.