Risk assessment

The health and safety of our visitors is one of our main priorities.

ZSL policies follow Zoo Licencing Act, relevant Health and Safety legislation together with the National Guidance for the Management of Outdoor Learning and both sites have been awarded quality badges by Learning outside the Classroom.

Please note that these are only guidelines; we encourage you to conduct your own risk assessment - once a booking has been made, one teacher per class is entitled to a free pre-visit (must be booked in advance). Last entry to the Zoo is one hour before the Zoo closes, please check opening times for ZSL London Zoo or ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.

The following is in place to support your visit to the Zoo:

To support the learning outcomes set for your visit to the Zoo we ask that all students on a school visit to the Zoo are supervised at all times whilst in the Zoo. Therefore we offer:

  • One free adult with every five students from EYFS to Primary
  • One free adult with every ten students for Secondary students
  • A free helper/carer for all SEND students

You are welcome to use our risk assessment guides and other documents to aid you in preparing for your visit:






You may find the following further information useful (particularly if you are assessing your visit through RADAR using the SAGED method):


  •  All ZSL staff are fully trained to complete their roles in the Zoo. ZSL maintain compliance with the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, the Zoo Licencing Act 1981 and all other health and safety legislation applicable in the countries in which ZSL operates, throughout the year.




  • Adverse weather is covered in our Risk Assessment (please see above for link)



You can also find more information on organising a school visit by downloading a copy of the Department of Education's health & safety advice for schools.