Opening times

Selected consecutive days throughout the year

Type of place

This two-day course gives children aged 8 to 10 the chance to learn about our animals as well as make new friends with other like-minded children.

The Junior Zoo Academy course includes

  • Two days at Whipsnade Zoo for the participant
  • 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

The course includes a mixture of animal challenges, games, trails and some zookeeper tasks. Read a sample outline of the course: Whipsnade Zoo Junior Zoo Academy example itinerary Please note: Timings and activities are all subject to change. 

Lemurs getting enrichment
Children making lemur enrichment


Children will be dropped off outside the visitors centre at 10.15 into the care of the engagement team. The course is designed for 10 children, and they will be constantly supervised throughout the day by two (or more) members of the engagement team, including lunch and break times, and returned to the same meeting point at the end of the course. 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.

Course dates for Junior Zoo Academy 

  • Wednesday 3rd & Thursday 4th April 

  • Wednesday 10th & Thursday 11th April 

  • Wednesday 29th & Thursday 30th May 

  • Wednesday 24th & Thursday 25th July

  • Wednesday 31st July & Thursday 1st August 

  • Wednesday 7th August & Thursday 8th August 

  • Wednesday 14th & Thursday 15th August 

  • Wednesday 21st & Thursday 22nd August 

  • Wednesday 28th August & Thursday 29th August 

  • Wednesday 30th & Thursday 31st October


  1. The price per child is £175 (includes participant's entry into the Zoo for the two days and Junior Zoo Academy t-shirt).
  2. Please note, students are left in the supervision of the Zoo's Engagement staff for the duration of the course.
  3. Gold MembersPatrons and Fellows receive a 10% discount on this experience. Please enter your Primary CRM ID in the Offer Code box.
  4. If you have any questions please see our FAQs or you can manage your booking here.

Please email [email protected] if you have any further questions about this course. 

Group of children walking carrying a bucket

Preparing for your Junior Zoo Academy course

We recommend students bring comfortable clothing because the course involves walking throughout the day and being outside in all weathers. Clothes may also get messy so please dress appropriately.

Participants will need to bring their own packed lunch and drinks for each day of the course. We will not be visiting the zoo café at lunch times, so you will not be able to buy food during the course hours. 

If for any reason you cannot attend, please phone the Education department before 9.30am on the day of the course and leave a message with your name, telephone number and the reason you are unable to attend.

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.

If you have any queries or questions about the course, feel free to get in touch with us at [email protected].

Frequently asked questions


Junior Zoo Academy testimonials

  • An unforgettable behind the scenes experience, with a range of activities
  • He was so excited about the whole experience and couldn't wait to share his knowledge.
  • Your team did a lot to put the kids at ease, and give them to confidence to join in and enjoy themselves. Huge thanks to you all.
  • It was the best two days of her life.
  • The girls had a fabulous time, they learned a lot of interesting facts, there was plenty of interaction with the animals, and the instructors were very friendly and outgoing.

Book Whipsnade Zoo Junior Zoo Academy (8-10 year-olds)

Junior Zoo Academy students provide enrichment to the lemurs

Whipsnade Zoo Junior Zoo Academy (8-10 year-olds)

This two-day course includes games, challenges, trails and zookeeper activities.