ZSL London Zoo Academy (11-14)

Otters Matilda and Pip at ZSL London ZooDue to operational and staff changes precipitated by COVID-19, we have had to postpone this course until 2021. We understand that this is disappointing, but we hope to be able to offer a full suite of courses in next year. For more information, please email zooacademylz@zsl.org

What is the course?

ZSL Zoo Academy is an exciting new 3-day course which gives children aged 11-14 the unique opportunity to find out more about the different jobs at the zoo!

Supported by education staff, the course gives children the chance to get involved in zookeeper tasks, find out what it takes to be a vet and understand what it means to be a conservationist.

This course provides a fun opportunity to learn about the zoo, meet ZSL staff, see behind-the scenes and understand more about animals and their care.


The details

Dates: availability throughout the year, see side bar for details
Course length: 3 days
Time: 10.30am-3pm for the course duration
Location: ZSL London Zoo
Cost: £295
Capacity: 10 places available per course
Age range: 11-14


The cost includes

  • Three days at ZSL London Zoo
  • Theory sessions and practical experience in the zoo
  • A scrapbook of work
  • A certificate of attendance
  • A copy of all photos taken on the course
  • A unique ‘Zoo Academy’ T-shirt
  • Free car park pass



The content of the course will be a combination of practical tasks, challenges and talks and will explore some of the various job roles within a zoo. 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.

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, and dates cannot be swapped.

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

2020 Dates

  • SOLD OUT FOR 2020