Junior Zoo Academy (8-10 year olds) Whipsnade

With the success of Zoo Academy for older students, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo are excited to launch Junior Zoo Academy. Aimed at children aged 8-11, this is a great programme for those who are interested in animals and want to learn more about them in the zoo!

Junior Zoo Academy is a two-day course that includes making enrichment for the animals at the zoo, animal feeding and some animal handling along with other zoo themed activities.

Who are the courses aimed at?

These courses are designed for children aged 8-11 who love animals and want to learn and experience more in the unique zoo setting. Supported by the education staff, students will have the chance to learn about the animals they see as well as make new friends with like-minded children.

To record their time at the zoo, children will also create a Zoo Scrapbook to take home. They’ll be able to log all the fun and exciting experiences they have with photos and drawings as well as remind themselves of any new facts they have learnt along the way! Children will also gain a certificate at the end of the course to celebrate their attendance on the course.


The content of the course will be a mixture of classroom fun making enrichment and other zoo themed activities, animal feeds around the zoo with some zookeeper activities as well as animal handling. A sample outline is below, but please be aware that timings and activities are subject to change.

Time Activity
10:15am  Meet at the main gate
10:30am Meeting, getting to know each other
11:00am Break
11:10am What's in the Zoo
12:30pm Lunch
1:00pm Reptiles
1:45pm Break
1:55pm Discover Centre enrichment
2:30pm Scrap book
3:00pm Finish


Course dates

Course A: 17th February – 18th February 2014
Course B: 27th May – 28th May 2014
Course C: 27th October-28th October 2014


The cost per child is £165. This covers the cost of the course ( including zoo entry), as well as a Junior Zoo Academy t-shirt, a Zoo Scrapbook and a CD of the photos taken during the course.

Added benefit for the adult/guardian include a free car park pass.


We ask for children to be dropped off at the beginning of the day into the care of the Education Team They will be constantly supervised throughout the day, including lunch and break times, and returned to the parent/guardian meeting point at 3.15pm. Children will only be released into the care of the authorised adult stated on the consent form. Further information about these arrangements will be provided if your application is successful.


To apply for a place, or for more information about these courses, please email katherine.doherty@zsl.org Places are offered on a first come, first served basis.

Please see ‘Terms and Conditions’ for further details.

Following on from the success of Zoo Academy, we are pleased to introduce Junior Zoo Academy for October! Please follow the relevant instructions at the bottom of the page to apply for a place.

Cost: £165 per child. This must be paid in full to secure your place on one of the courses.

Ages: 8-10 year olds.

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