Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

We aim to ensure that our Discovery & Learning sessions are as inclusive as possible, and that they meet the diverse needs of all learners.

When booking a session for a mainstream class, any information you can provide about the additional needs of your students will enable us to adapt the session to best meet the needs of your group.

Whilst we are unable to create bespoke sessions for SEND groups or schools, we do have a number of existing sessions and activities that are suitable for students with a wide variety of needs. SEND schools and groups are welcome to book sessions for a different Key Stage, if they feel that the level and content would be more appropriate to their students.

Recommended sessions

Visual story

We have also developed a Visual Story to support students with autistic spectrum conditions, preparing them for their Zoo visit, and introducing them to some of the animals they might meet.

PDF icon Visual Story resource pack - ZSL Whipsnade Zoo (6.19 MB)

Booking information

  • To book a self-guided school visit, or to book an education session, please refer to our school bookings information page.
  • For any enquires regarding planning a school visit for your learners with SEND, please contact learning@zsl.org – if you would like to talk to a member of our Discovery & Learning team, please include your telephone number in the email and we will call you back as soon as possible.
  • Free entry for 1-to-1 staff supporting SEND students on school visits.
  • Jumbo Express: For every six people in your group (students and adults), one person will pay the adult rate of £4.50 and the other five people will ride the train free of charge. SEND groups may book their own train for group sizes of 12 or more. 
  • Changing hoist and changing bed available on site (you will need to bring your own slings). Please contact Supporter Services on 0344 225 1826.
  • Find out more about Accessibility at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.