Hands-on science investigations for primary school children aged 5 - 11 years old


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ZSL London & Whipsnade Zoos

ZSL London Zoo  & ZSL Whipsnade Zoo  offer a large range of workshops for schools accredited to CREST Star. If you’re looking for a fantastic day out for your class, with amazing animals to see and plenty of science-learning opportunities then ZSL zoos are the place for you!

The Zoological Society of London is an international conservation charity including field projects in more than 50 countries, a scientific institute and two fantastic zoos. ZSL London Zoo is an oasis in the city with over 800 species from tall giraffes to tiny bugs, and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is one of the UK’s biggest zoos, set in six hundred acres of beautiful countryside hosting some of the world’s largest animals from Asian Elephants to White Rhinos

At a ZSL zoo you can get up close to the world’s most interesting wildlife, watch talks and feeds, and enjoy a wealth of outside-the-classroom experiences. Book a hands-on session with our Discovery & Learning Team to bring your day to life: from habitats to camouflage, endangered species to amazing adaptations, there are topics to suit all ages from 3 to over-18. All the sessions give learners the opportunity to interact with fascinating objects from the natural world, to explore issues which interest them and extend their understanding of the natural world. What better way to bring learning to life?


ZSL London Zoo

Hands on! (Star) -
Investigate real animal hair, scales and feathers, from lions to crocodiles! Pupils will describe how animals feel, and find out how we can group them by their body coverings

Sense-ations (Star) -
Dare you put your hand in the feely bag? Do you know which animals taste with their feet? A fun, interactive workshop exploring human and animal senses

Discover Teeth & Feeding (SuperStar)
Pupils investigate a range of animal skulls and teeth to discover how animals are adapted for different diets and which feeding groups they belong to

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ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Colour and camouflage (Star)
How and why do animals use colour and pattern? Students will investigate real fur and feathers to describe how animals use camouflage to survive in the wild.

Habitats and Adaptations (SuperStar)
Pupils investigate how animals survive in the wild and how these adaptations are suited to the habitat they live in.

On the Edge (SuperStar)
Students create their own IUCN endangered species Red List and explore how scientists know if an animal is endangered! Collect key information through investigation of real animals to design a poster at school and enter our annual poster competition.

Teeth and Diets: Investigate! (SuperStar)
Pupils become dental detectives as they discover the true identity of skulls by investigating the adaptations to feeding and diets.

Find out more or book a workshop