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! 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.


We are pleased to reopen bookings for Zoo Explorers from August 2020 onwards. Please note, we have put additional safety measures in place to ensure we are following government guidelines which will be communicated to you upon booking. For more information, please contact zooacademywz@zsl.org


Your course includes

  • Entry for one child including staying after the course finishes
  • Entry into the zoo only for one 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.

  • 26th October 2020
  • 29th October 2020
  • 30th October 2020

2021 dates will be availble in November

  • The cost per child is £90 (includes entry into the Zoo and Zoo Explorers t-shirt).
  • Please note, though the ticket price includes entry for one adult, students are left in the supervision of the Zoo's learning staff for the duration of the course.
  • 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 note that if you are booking this Experience as a supporter including members, Patrons or Fellows, guests who are also supporters, can accompany you to the Zoo without booking a timed slot to visit in advance. Please arrive together as a group, with your booked experience ticket and valid Membership card(s). If paying visitors would like to join a supporter at the Zoo on the day of their Experience, they will need to book their timed slot to visit the Zoo, in advance. If you are not a member and are a paying visitor booking for an Experience, please ensure you also book your Zoo entry on the same date as your Experience here.

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