With it being so perilously close to Daizee-Mai turning 4 we all decided to celebrate her last day of being 3 by heading over to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo to see all of the animals in this fantastic huge open zoo.

So before heading out Jaycee wanted me to plait her hair so I gave her the three plaits plaited into one option which isn’t the fastest of all things to do, especially when the head keeps wiggling around, of course Daizee-Mai wanted the same once she saw Jaycee with it.

So once everyone had their hair done and got their coats and warm clothes together we all headed out, although not cold there was still a lot of fog in the air, it was sunny most of the way but as we got nearer the fog got heavier and heavier which was a little worrying obviously, when we arrived the fog had lifted a little but not much and the air was a little chilly to say the least, so we all got wrapped up warm ready to get walking, this place is HUGE so there was definitely plenty of that ahead!

It’s been years since either Paula or myself have been to Whipsnade and it was the first time any of the kids have been so we were all quite excited, we head through the maize of cages, doors and walkways ready to head into the zoo,

Once we had paid we were straight in, it’s so vast though it’s difficult to know where to start or where to go, we did, with the help of the map and a little deviation, get our bearings and soon found ourselves stumbling across loose monkjacks (something that we eventually realised were absolutely rife throughout the whole of the park) and and solitary moose that didn’t look desperately amused, it was just sitting around looking rather unimpressed about the whole situation, but that’s hardly surprising to see on a foggy winter’s morning, there was nothing wrong with the habitat that was particularly spacious!

There were lots of animals that Daizee-Mai wanted to see but none more so than the Giraffes’s and of course her absolute favourite as they have always been since “Happy Feet” were the penguins, fortunately by the time we reached both of those the fog had lifted the blue skys were prevalent and the sun was shining, even if there was still a little chill in the air, that made it all the better!

The views across the park are simply breath taking a s you can see from this panoramic shot.

Here’s a selection from the rest of the animals that we met around the park.

We even saw Santa’s reindeer’s looking rather relaxed hanging with the monkjacks, perhaps they are conserving all of their energy ready for Christmas eve’s activities.

Even the steam train from the Polar Express is getting ready for Christmas.

It was a top day out in the end and certainly a memorable way to see out your first 3 years of being alive, sleep tight princess for tomorrow you will be “This big”.

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