Zoo Explorers at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo (5-7 year olds)

As a result of Government advice in response to COVID-19, we are postponing experiences that were due to take place up until the end of July 2020. All visitors affected by this will receive an email to confirm next steps.

Any bookings for experiences after this date will be reviewed as we continue to act on official advice. Thank you for your understanding.

Please email zooacademylz@zsl.org to discuss your booking. Thank you for your understanding.  


Zoo Explorers is a fantastic, exciting one day course for children aged 5-7 who are ready to explore the Zoo and learn more! The course is specially designed to ensure children get to explore, investigate and enjoy the Zoo. Supported by our Learning team, children will have the opportunity to get up close with a selection of animals as well as make new friends and engage in exciting animal themed activities.


This will include learning about the different habitats animals live and some basic animal classification. The course also includes what a zoo keeper does on a daily basis and a behind the scenes look at how they do their jobs. They’ll also have the chance to muck out an enclosure to get a feel for what it’s like actually working at the zoo and meet some of our smaller animals face to face, such as a snake and our goats.  Children will be accompanied behind the scenes on enclosures to learn about how we look after our animals, meet members of the team and be immersed in zoo life.


Your course includes

  • Entry for one child including staying after the course finishes
  • Entry into the zoo only for one accompanying adult
  • A Zoo Explorers sticker sheet to record their day
  • A Zoo Explorers certificate of attendance
  • A unique Zoo Explorers t-shirt
  • A copy of all the photos taken on the course

Course Dates

Each course date runs from 10.15am until 2.15pm.

  • 4th April 2020
  • 23rd May 2020
  • 13th June 2020
  • 27th June 2020
  • 18th July 2020
  • 1st August 2020
  • 10th August 2020
  • 22nd August 2020
  • 24th August 2020
  • 12th September 2020
  • The cost per child is £90 (includes entry into the Zoo and Zoo Explorers t-shirt).
  • ZSL Gold members, Patrons and Fellows receive a 10% discount on this experience. This discount will be added automatically at checkout when you sign in using your registered email address. If you are having problems please call us on  0344 225 1826.

Please email zooacademywz@zsl.org to be added to our mailing list for more information about this, and similar, courses.