Large Format Graphics for ZSL's Whipsnade Zoo’s brand new Butterfly House

We’ve made a few trips to Whipsnade Zoo lately; the most recent visit was to complete the installation of the display works we produced for the brand new Butterfly House, one of the largest butterfly biomes of any zoo in the UK. The house forms the shape of a Chrysalis and features over 30 different butterfly species from around the world.

Having successfully completed the hoarding graphics for the zoo in previous months, we were approached again by ZSL to supply the graphics for the huge butterfly wing sitting on the side of the building, as well as signage and integrated graphics to feature throughout the exhibition.

The Wing Graphic

We used a high quality self-adhesive strong vinyl over laminate that conformed well to the ridged panelled surface we were applying it to. This was the first time we had used this material on such a large scale measuring 11 x 6 metres; the cherry picker came in very handy.

Outdoor Vinyl
Vinyl printing over laminate

Vinyl printing over laminate

The Entrance

We also completed the signage for the entrance to the Butterfly House. For the main sign above the door, we printed, then routed plywood lettering which we then layered using two pieces to create a drop shadow effect. We applied one–way vision graphics to the entrance doors.

Printed Plywood Lettering

As you walk through the entrance doors, the vibrant printed digital wallpaper leads you to a world of butterflies.

Digitally Printed Vinyl Wallpaper

Digitally Printed Vinyl Wallpaper

Digital Wallpaper

Your first encounter, also home to the Butterfly House is a West African Dwarf Crocodile. The wall mural, acting as an information source to learn about about how these small reptiles have come under threat from habitat destruction, over-hunting and pollution. 

Printed onto Digimura an extremely high quality, digitally printable wall paper. It is PVC free (so not vinyl) made using 10% post consumer waste and manufactured using 100% renewable energy. 

Printed onto Digimura an extremely high quality, digitally printable wall paper. It is PVC free (so not vinyl) made using 10% post consumer waste and manufactured using 100% renewable energy. 

Spotters Guide

As you wander through the exhibit you will find Spotter’s Guides that we printed direct to polypropylene to help identify the hundreds of butterflies in the Butterfly House.

Direct printing onto plywood.

Direct printing onto plywood.

Integrated Signage - Infographics

You will also find infographics that we printed onto plywood in different shapes and sizes mounted on posts throughout the butterfly domain.

Direct printing onto plywood.

Direct printing onto plywood.

Whipsnade Zoo Butterfly House

The Butterfly House opened up to the public late May, it's a wonderful place for families to go to and a chance to get up close to some of nature's most beautiful creatures.

To see more images of this wonderful project head over to our Whipsnade Zoo Case Study.