Teacher Resources

Enhancing your visit:

If you’re looking for ways to keep your students busy during their visit here are some ideas:

Teacher Map and Guide: Download a map and guide specifically designed for teachers

Trail maps:

To get more out of your visit to the zoo; students can use the trail maps detailed below to find their way into all corners of the Zoo, discovering facts about our endangered species and how we are helping to conserve them. They will need a pen to complete them. Please click on the links below to open the trails as downloads that you can print and copy

  • Endangered Animals and Plants is designed for upper KS1/lower KS2 pupils
  • Conservation Quest is designed for upper KS2/lower KS3 pupils
  • Zoolympics Enviro-trail is a fun, educational and active trail around the zoo. Pick up a card at the gate as you come in, or you can order one in advance. Children of any age can enjoy the physical activities; some may need adult help with the questions and answers.

Animal fact sheets:

Visit the Animals & Attractions web page to find information about the many animal species we have here at the Zoo; you will find interesting facts about animals’ diets, habitats and conservation status.

Here are some ideas for using the factsheets:

  • try printing the pictures of the animals and using these on your visit to get children to identify them at the Zoo
  • ask the children to match the animal to its’ habitat

Animals from different continents                                                                                                                     

Africa: Western Lowland Gorilla, Drill, Dwarf Nile Crocodile, Pygmy Hippopotamus, African Pancake Tortoise, African Penguin, Aye-Aye, Ring-tailed lemur

Asia and the Indian Ocean: Red Panda, Amethystine Python, Asiatic Lion, Lion-tailed Macaques, Agile Gibbons, Livingstone’s Fruit Bat

Australasia and the Pacific: Warty Pig, Rock Wallaby, Slow Loris, Cuscus, Quolls, Kowari

The Americas: Armadillo, Brown Spider Monkey, Golden Lion Tamarin, Tapir, Cuban Boa, Mara, Pudu, River Otters, South American Fur Seals

Bugs! Don’t forget – if you are focusing on bugs and Minibeasts we have very knowledgeable volunteers available to answer questions in the Butterfly Forest; and don’t miss BugWorld, with spiders, leaf-cutter ants, a real beehive and underwater invertebrates to name a few……


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