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Whipsnade Town Information




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While the village has a large green, timber-framed houses and a ‘tree cathedral’ in the possession of the National Trust, it is most famous for Whipsnade ‘zoo’ which first opened to visitors in 1931. The animal park takes in part of Dunstable Downs, much of which is owned by the Trust, where a white lion – emblem of the Zoological Society – has been carved into the chalk earth.

White Lion at Whipsnade - Photo © George Mahoney
White Lion at Whipsnade - Photo: George Mahoney CCL