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14 - 19 sessions

‘We come to the Education department to bring the subject alive. Amy’s questioning was excellent.’
GCSE science teacher, January 2010.

‘Dave broke up ‘chat’ and information with handling of a wide range of specimens and live animals. Excellent. Thank you!’
GCSE science teacher, May 2009.

‘We come every year and it’s always fab and great inspiration for the kids. Thanks, Rose!’
GCSE art and design teacher, March 2009.

‘The talk was excellent- great use of biofacts, etc. The kids loved holding the cockroaches and seeing the other animals. Amy was super - kids totally engaged!’
AS biology teacher, March 2009.

‘Debbie and Rose gave informative sessions and related to the pupils’ own experiences. The pupils always enjoy seeing the animals and develop more of an interest in the topic.’
AS biology teacher, November 2009.

‘The talks covered examinable topics in a lively fashion - they’re great. Amy and Claudy were very approachable and open to questions from students.’
AS biology teacher, November 2009.

‘Debbie, Claudy, Rose and Amy delivered excellent, well-prepared sessions.’
BTEC National Diploma Animal Management lecturer, November 2009.

Learning across the subjects

We provide sessions for students on a wide variety of subjects including biology, applied science, geography, citizenship, environmental science, art and design, psychology, religious education, business studies, animal care, travel, leisure and tourism, and education.

We cater for students studying a wide variety of qualifications from the new GCSEs and A-levels to certificates, NVQs, diplomas and BTECs.

Session details

Duration: Most run for 55 minutes, but some run for 70 minutes.

Classrooms: We will use one of our four themed classrooms to create an exciting learning environment.

Animals: You may meet up to three live animals per session (unless otherwise stated). Animals include tame reptiles, small mammals and invertebrates.

Biofacts: We use items such as skins, furs, tusks, horns, shells and stuffed specimens in most sessions (many are confiscations from HM Revenue and Customs)

Multimedia: Short film clips are often shown to support your chosen topic. Close-up cameras may be used to show extra detail of our smaller animals.

Flexible sessions

When you complete your booking form, please include as much information as possible about the areas you would like us to cover – we’ll do our best to accommodate you.

For the full list of sessions we offer, click on the PDF on the right. 

Or, let the Zoo come to you

We want to make our education programme available to everyone. Call 0117 9747369 or email if you’d like to know more about the zoo visiting you.

Key stage 4 and post 16 education sessions

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Detailed information on all the key stage 4 and post 16 sessions that we offer
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Group prices

We offer great discounts of up to 32% on entry prices for groups of 10+ paying visitors.

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Risk assessment guidelines PDF

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Click below to download a PDF with health & safety guidelines for groups
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