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Tails from the Zoo – extra dates added!

ZSL London and Whipsnade Zoos have extended their popular virtual story events until the end of March, offering families a unique opportunity to hear much-loved animal tales at bedtime.

Giving the country’s home-schooling heroes a night off, zookeepers will read a series of six well-loved and new titles by Simon & Schuster Children’s Books, kicking off on Saturday 27th February with Whipsnade Zoo’s head elephant keeper Stefan Groeneveld reading How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth in the company of the Asian elephant herd.

Stefan Groeneveld reads How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth (ZSL)

This will be followed by Hattie Sire reading Tiny Penguins and the New Baby at London’s Penguin Beach on Sunday 28th February and continue with Slug in Love read by Alex Cliffe at Whipsnade’s Butterfly House on Sunday 7th March.

Little ones can then look forward to further animal tales each weekend, including The Storm Whale read by Vicky Fyson at London’s Penguin Beach on Sunday 14th March, The Duck who Didn’t Like Water read by Rosie Turner at Whipsnade’s Duck Pond on Sunday 21st March and Tiny Ant read by Paul Kybett from London Zoo’s Tiger Territory on Sunday 28th March.

Rosie Turner reads The Duck who Didn’t Like Water (ZSL)

ZSL has been thrilled by the response to Tails from the Zoo so far and the fact that it can bring London and Whipsnade Zoos to young supporters while the gates remain closed to the public.

Tails from the Zoo will be broadcast live on Facebook at 6:30 pm on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th February, then every Sunday until 28 March 2021.

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Main image: Alex Cliffe reads the Slug in Love (c)ZSL

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