Junior Zoo Academy (8-10) at ZSL London Zoo

We are pleased to reopen bookings for our Junior Zoo Academy from August 2020 onwards. Please note, we have changed the schedule slightly to ensure we are following government guidelines. For more information, please contact zooacademylz@zsl.org


Junior Zoo AcademyWhat is the course?

Junior Zoo Academy is a unique course aimed at children aged 8-10, who love animals and want to learn more about working in the Zoo.

This two-day course includes games, challenges, trails and zookeeper activities. Supported by education staff, students will have the chance to learn about the animals they see and well as make new friends with other like-minded children.

The details

Dates: availability throughout the year, see side bar for details
Course length: 2 days
Time: 10.30am-3pm both days
Location: ZSL London Zoo
Cost: £175 (members receive 10% discount – contact supporter services on 0344 225 1826 to book)
Capacity: 6 places available per course
Age range: 8-10

The cost includes

  • Two days at ZSL London Zoo
  • A Junior Zoo Academy scrapbook to record their experiences
  • A Junior Zoo Academy certificate of attendance
  • A unique Junior Zoo Academy t-shirt
  • A copy of all the photos taken on the course
  • Free car park pass

Please note that if you are booking as a supporter including members, Patrons or Fellows, guests who are also supporters, can accompany you 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 on 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.


The content of the course will be a mixture of animal challenges, games, talks and some zookeeper tasks. A sample outline of the course can be found here

Please be aware that timings and activities are all subject to change. 


Children will be dropped off at the beginning of the day into the care of the education team. They will be constantly supervised throughout the day, including lunch and break times, and returned to the parent meeting point at 3.00pm. Children will only be released into the care of the authorised adult stated on the consent form. Further information about these arrangements will be provided after purchase.

What we've done to keep you safe...

Our Junior Zoo Academy course has been adapted to ensure that you don’t miss out on our usual activities whilst keeping both you and our animals safe. This includes reducing our capacity to six students, ensuring that we can socially distance throughout the course, and offering hand sanitiser throughout. There are some areas where masks must be worn, however, all PPE will be provided. Please let us know if you are exempt from wearing a mask by emailing us at zooacademylz@zsl.org

Click here to find out how the rest of the Zoo has been adapted.

Terms and Conditions

Places are sold on a first-come, first-served basis and you will be provided with a parental consent form with your ticket which must be returned to ZSL to confirm your place.  Once payment has been taken, refunds cannot be given.

More dates may be available throughout the year - please email zooacademylz@zsl.org to be put on the mailing list for updates

Frequently Asked Questions

2020 Dates

  • 19th & 20th October
  • 26th & 27th October
  • 29th & 30th October