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CHALK IMAGE: Sheep to be let loose to help smarten up Whipsnade White Lion

 Published on: 4th September 2021   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A sheep will be let loose into the escarpment below Whipsnade Zoo to help smarten up the chalk Whipsnade White Lion.

For years the Whipsnade White Lion has been the pride of the north Chiltern Hills overlooking the downs across Bedfordshire since 1933. 

The iconic chalk image cut into the escarpment below Whipsnade Zoo never fails to turn heads.

But just lately the chalk lion seems to have lost its sparkle and is becoming a faded memory of what it once was.

This week it was barely visible which is surprising since just three years ago it was given a complete makeover.

However, help to smarten it up may be on hand in the form of sheep who will be let loose in the slope next week  (w/c September 6, 2021) to  graze on and clear the vegetation which is currently blighting the Lion’ appearance.

In a statement today the zoo said: “At ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, we are very proud of the Whipsnade White Lion and, despite forced closures to the Zoo and their associated financial losses due to the pandemic, we continue to carry out regular deep cleans and maintenance over the 147-metre-long chalk image.

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