Keeper academy and junior keeper academy

Do you want to learn what it takes to be a zoo keeper?

Do you want to know what a zoo keeper does all day?

Do you want to know if being a zoo keeper is for you?

...if you answered yes to any of these, or a young person you are close to would answer yes, why not sign up for our academy courses!

Our successful junior keeper academy is a 6 week program that is open to children aged 8 – 11 years old. It runs 1pm -4pm on Saturday afternoons. The cost of the academy is £105 per child, which includes 1 free adult entry to the zoo during session times. Discounts are available for multiple children from the same family.

Due to popular demand we are now starting a keeper academy for young people aged 12-16 years. These will be longer sessions from 10.30 until 3.30 also on Saturdays. This will cost £145 a head, once again with discounts available for more than one child from the same family and a free adult entry during session times.

A keeper at the Oasis
Lesser Madagascar hedgehog tenrec
Lesser Madagascar hedgehog tenrec
Echinops telfairi

The aim of these academies is to give children and young people an insight into the diverse range of work that zoo keepers do, and why they do it. Each week will contain a mix of classroom activities, worksheets, discussions and practical tasks around the zoo.

Please select the course you are interested in for starting dates and more information. The same application form applies to either course.

Download junior keeper academy info (pdf)

Download keeper academy info (pdf)

Download academy consent forms and behaviour policy (pdf)

For more details please contact us .

Lesser Madagascar hedgehog tenrec
Lesser Madagascar hedgehog tenrec
Echinops telfairi

The Lakeland Wildlife Oasis is currently open. Read about the actions we are taking in response to COVID-19 here .