Careers and courses

Learn more about conservation and the animal kingdom, plus find out about careers with animals.


Zoo Academy course participants at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
Zoo Academy (15-17 year olds) Zoo Academy

ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo are pleased to announce the return of our exciting animal based courses designed for 15-17 year olds who wish to become vets, vet nurses, zoo keepers or complete other animal related studies.

ZSL Zoo Academy


Junior Zoo Academy
Junior Zoo Academy

With the success of Zoo Academy for older students, ZSL London & Whipsnade Zoo are excited to launch Junior Zoo Academy.

Aimed at children aged 8-10, this is a great programme for those who are interested in animals and want to learn more in the zoo!

Junior Zoo Academy


Keeper Graeme with lemurs
ZSL Animal Careers Conference

This is a one-day conference hosted at ZSL London Zoo and aimed at students aged 16+ who are interested in pursuing an animal based career. 

ZSL Animal Careers Conference


Field academy
Field Academy (11-14 year olds)

A two-day course which gives students the chance to develop skills seen only in our most dedicated field staff. From tracking animals, completing team challenges and going behind the scenes of the UK’s largest Zoo, Field Academy allows students to get hands on in a unique Zoo setting.

Field Academy at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo


Zoo explorers
Zoo Explorers (5-7 year olds)

A brand new and exciting one day course for children aged 5–7 who are ready to explore the Zoo.

Zoo Explorers at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo




Free Online Conservation Course

ZSL and United for Wildlife have launched two free online courses designed to empower the next generation of conservationists. 'Introducing Conservation' and 'Species and Spaces' have been developed by ZSL and United for Wildlife, supported by the other partners of the United for Wildlife collaboration.

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Careers Advice

Work experience    

ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo are no longer able to offer work experience placements on the animal keeping sections.


If you are interesting in getting involved with ZSL why not volunteer at ZSL London Zoo or ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. Find out more about volunteering.