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

Zoo Explorers is a fantastic, exciting one day course for children aged 5-7 who are ready to explore the Zoo and learn more! Each day is specially designed to ensure children get to explore, investigate and enjoy the Zoo. Supported by the Discovery & 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.

There are two different Zoo Explorer courses - ‘Egg-cellent Animals’ and ‘Animal Antics’. Each includes explorations, games and zookeeper activities. See the Experience section for more information.

Your course includes

  • The 'Zoo Explorers' course at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo (10.15-14.15) and entry in the Zoo afterwards
  • Entry for one accompanying adult if they wish to remain in the Zoo
  • 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


The content of the courses will be a mixture of making animal enrichment, themed challenges and fun Zoo themed activities. A sample outline of both courses is below, but please be aware that timings and activities are all subject to change.

‘Egg-cellent Animals’ focuses on animal classification and their fascinating lifecycles. Children will learn all about our amazing egg-laying animals, handle a range of animal species and even go behind the scenes of animal enclosures.

Animal Antics’ focuses on animal habitats and amazing adaptations they have to survive. Children will learn about different animal habitats, put some adaptations to the test in our amazing animal obstacle course, handle a range of animals and go behind the scenes of animal enclosures.

The courses are run independent of each other on alternative days.


Couse Dates

Course 1 - Egg-cellent Animals Course 2 - Animal Antics
Saturday 14th September 2019 Saturday 3rd August 2019 - SOLD OUT
  Monday 12th August 2019 - SOLD OUT
  Saturday 17th August 2019

More dates will be available in 2019 if there is the demand - please email zooacademywz@zsl.org to be put on the mailing list for updates.


  • The cost per child is £90 (includes entry into the Zoo and Zoo Explorers t-shirt).
  • ZSL members receive a 10% discount.


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