New lease of life for Whipsnade’s chalk lion

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo has restored the Whipsnade White Lion, a famous chalk image that has overlooked the Dunstable Downs in Bedfordshire since 1933.

Following the donation of more than 800 tonnes – or 50 lorry loads – of chalk, the zoo was able to start resurfacing the landmark in September 2017.

Owen Craft, general manager of ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, said: “We are delighted to have restored this iconic landmark to its original glory.

“As a site of Special Scientific Interest, the Whipsnade White Lion and the area around it are cared for by the zoo all year round, using environmentally-friendly products to protect the native plants and animals.

“I can’t wait for all our Easter visitors, as well as our wonderful, local communities, to see it looking so great, as they drive towards the zoo.”

He continued: “This Easter, our family activities at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo centre around celebrating animal superpowers, and what could be a greater symbol of that than a 147-metre-long super-lion?”

Superpowers at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo runs every day from March 30 to April 15.