We are excited to announce that we are holding our first autism-friendly quiet times, to celebrate World Autism Acceptance Week, the mornings of the 30th and 31st of March, between 10am and 12pm.
These times are open to all visitors, but are specially catered towards autistic people or those who may enjoy a calmer environment.
During these mornings, visitors can enjoy the zoo in a more peaceful setting. The music will be switched off, including within the main entrance, in the Dinosaur Safari and at Nawala, heading towards the elephants. The gift shop in the main entrance will open at the later time of 11am and we will also be holding an additional sea lion demonstration, free from audience participation.
Throughout World Autism Acceptance Week, we will have sensory maps and signs, highlighting things such as noises and smells within the enclosures and possible busy areas. Along with hidden disability awareness signs throughout the zoo.
We have updated our social story, which can be found here, this is designed to let visitors know in advance what to expect from their trip to the zoo, to minimise any potential stress.
The zoo is a great place to learn, enjoy and discover and provides unforgettable memories for our visitors; we are committed to becoming a zoo for all.
We welcome your feedback, following these quiet times, as we progress our plans to further improve our service as an inclusive visitor attraction. We look forward to welcoming everyone to the zoo, for our first autism-friendly sessions.