Learning resources

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Keep those little paws busy with our animal activity sheets for ages 3 all the way up to 16!

Check out our educational activities from animal art and bug hunting to brushing up on keeper counting skills.

Get those brains whirring, fascination flourishing, and young conservationists exploring even more about what makes the animal kingdom so totally, utterly WILD.

Who said learning can’t be fun?


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Ages 3-5 (EYFS)

Early Years Foundation Stage

ANIMAL ARTISTS

Calling all mini Pablo Pig-cassos and Andy Warthogs! Grab a pencil and let’s draw some furry friends!

Rhyme time & colouring sheets

Match the picture to the rhyming description, then enjoy colouring in the animals.

ZOO FRIENDS MATCHING & COLOURING

A simple matching and colouring activity featuring some of your favourite zoo friends!

Ages 5-7 (Key Stage 1)

Key Stage 1

*NEW* EXPLORING ANIMAL GROUPS

Know your fur from your feathers? Sort animals into the correct vertebrate group with this worksheet.

*NEW* DESIGN A BUG

Get crafting with this worksheet to decorate your own bug, thinking about its habitat, colour and camouflage.

IT’S A BUG’S LIFE!

Get out and about exploring and identifying the amazing world of mini beasts – right on your doorstep.

MATHS: COUNTING KEEPERS

Can you help our zoo keepers care for their animals? See if your skills are up to scratch in this maths challenge.

ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR BOOKLET

How do different animals behave? Watch an animal near you and complete your very own animal behaviour study.

HABITATS WORKSHEET

Explore habitats and adaptations: draw animals into four different habitats.

ANIMAL SURVEY

What’s your family’s favourite animal? Survey them to find out!

Ages 7-11 (Key Stage 2)

Key Stage 2

*NEW* ANIMAL GEOGRAPHY

Travel around the world from your living room exploring where animals are from!

*NEW* DESIGN AN ANIMAL ENCLOSURE

Get arts and crafting as you design a new enclosure for an animal at the zoo!

*NEW* INVESTIGATE THE WILD

Help ZSL scientists protect animals and explore real life habitats with Instant Wild.

*NEW* RAINFOREST SURVIVAL SKILLS

Discover how different animals survive in their rainforest habitat.

GARDEN BUG HUNT

Get outdoors and discover your molluscs from your myriapods with this invertebrate identification challenge.

SOS: SAVE OUR SPECIES

Take part in real life conservation from your desktop and discover how to protect endangered animals in the wild.

MATHS: FEEDING THE ANIMALS AT THE ZOO

Can you help the zoo keeper feed their snakes and rats? It’s going to take some sssssserious mathssssss!

DESIGN A ZOO PROJECT

Think you’ve got what it takes to create your own zoo? Take on the challenge - and show us what you’ve got!

EXPLORE ANIMAL DIETS

Explore the diets of different animals and investigate food chains. Make a poster with your findings!

INVERTEBRATE IDENTIFICATION

Introducing invertebrates!​ Learn how to identify these tiny animals and their fascinating features.​

ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR STUDY

Carry out your very own animal behaviour study. Observe your pet, garden wildlife, or even your fellow humans!

Ages 11-14 (Key Stage 3)

Key Stage 3

*NEW* BECOME A CONSERVATIONIST

Help ZSL’s scientists study endangered animals around the world using our unique Instant Wild App.

*NEW* EXPLORE THE ARCTIC ECOSYSTEM

Discover how species in the arctic interact with this worksheet, perfect for revision.

WHY DO ZOOS EXIST?

Explore the role of a modern zoo and what we can do to protect animals in the wild.

PLAY OUR FREE ONLINE GAME

Explore habitats and dive into the topic of sustainable fishing with this interactive game.

ALL ABOUT ECOSYSTEMS

Explore ecosystems around the world and discover how weird and wonderful species thrive together.

DESIGN AN ANIMAL STUDY

Animals display an amazing range of behaviours. Plan your own study using this guide.

ECOSYSTEMS AND CHANGE

Explore the impacts of environmental changes on an ecosystem.

INVESTIGATING SUSTAINABILITY

Discover the importance of sustainability and protecting our natural resources.

ZOO KEEPER MATHEMATICS

Discover how zoo keepers use maths in their work at ZSL London and Whipsnade Zoos.

Ages 14-16 (Key Stage 4)

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CLIMATE CHANGE AND ANIMALS

Explore the science behind climate change, how it affects the animal kingdom – and what humanity can do.

FOOD WEBS AND FOOD CHAINS

How do food webs uphold ecosystems and what happens when something changes? Explore in this interactive session.

Zoo Explorers magazine

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Download ZSL’s kids’ magazine, packed with animal activities, wild facts, puzzles, word searches and surprises from the animal kingdom. Keep your little ones excited by our weird and wonderful world of wildlife. Ages 3-10

2017 Spring edition

2018 Spring edition

2019 Spring edition

2020 Spring edition

More games and activities

Stranger Animal Things quiz
The animal kingdom is weird and wonderful – but how much do you know about it?
Take the quiz!
Animal Quiz Questions
Do you want to host a quiz with your friends? We’ve got you covered!
Quiz questions
Instant Wild
Take part in real life conservation work from your desktop.
Take part

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Anything you can give really will make a big difference. Thank you.