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Zoo Explorers is an exciting one-day course for children aged 5 to 7 years old at Whipsnade Zoo who are ready to explore and learn more about animals!

The Zoo Explorers course includes

  • One day at Whipsnade Zoo for the participant
  • Entry into the Zoo only for one adult
  • A Zoo Explorers certificate of attendance
  • A unique Zoo Explorers t-shirt
  • A copy of all the photos taken on the course

This course provides children a chance to explore, investigate and enjoy the zoo. Supported by our Engagement team, children will have the opportunity to engage in exciting animal themed activities, whilst also making new friends! Read a sample outline of the course: Whipsnade Zoo - Zoo Explorers example itinerary Please note: Timings and activities are all subject to change.

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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 Zoo Explorers

  • Saturday 15th June 
  • Sunday 30th June 
  • Sunday 7th July 
  • Saturday 13th July 
  • Tuesday 30th July 
  • Tuesday 27th August 
  • Tuesday 29th October


  • The price per child is £90 (includes participant's entry into the Zoo and Zoo Explorers t-shirt).
  • Please note, although the ticket price includes entry for one adult, students are left in the supervision of the Zoo's Engagement staff for the duration of the course.
  • Gold MembersPatrons and Fellows receive a 10% discount on this experience. Please enter your Primary CRM ID in the Offer Code box.
  • If you have any questions please see the zoo's FAQs page, look at the course FAQs below or you can manage your booking here

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

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Preparing for your Zoo Explorers course

We recommend participants 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 the day of the course. We will not be visiting the zoo café at lunch time, 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. 
  • Please see our full terms and conditions for more details.

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

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