Keeper Apprentice


Providing the practical experience to pursue a career with animals

Keeper Apprentice is a programme designed to enthuse and inspire young people aged 12-14 (school years 7,8 and 9) with an interest in animals and the natural world. Keeper Apprentice will support the high school science curriculum through engaging activities as well as lots of animal interactions and will provide valuable experience to support a future career with animals.

Keeper Apprentice is a one-day course that runs from 10am to 3pm. The price includes a t-shirt, one free adult admission for the day of the course, a car park pass and discount in the shop and café.

Dates & Price

Dates: Pick from Tuesday 30th July OR Wednesday 31st July 2024.

Time: 10am - 3.00pm

Price: £130 per child (includes branded t-shirt). A hoody can be purchased at an additional price.

Maximum of 10 children per date. Places are limited and spaces will fill up fast.


What to expect

  • 10am - Meet at the Visitor Services Hub for registration.
  • Meet the team and the zoo keepers.
  • Get stuck in with some of the mucking out and learn what it takes to look after our animals and what they need.
  • Assisting in animal feeds
  • Animal interactions 
  • Lunch break (lunch is not provided, please bring a packed lunch).
  • Design and create some animal enrichment.
  • Q&A with the keepers.
  • End of the day and certificates

Important Information

  • Only held on select days, please click on the button below to select a course date.
  • Participants must be within the correct school year and age range.
  • Includes entry to the zoo for the whole day for the child plus free entry to one adult.
  • Guardians are not able to accompany children on the day.
  • Children will be supervised by our Education team at all times.
  • The programme runs in all weather conditions. We recommend wet weather attire on wet days. Blackpool Zoo reserves the right to cancel the encounter in extreme weather conditions.
  • Fitness requirements: Participants will be exploring the zoo for the day. For any additional requirements, please enquire with prior to booking.
  • Clothing requirements: Enclosed flat shoes and sensible clothing suitable for the weather.
  • Participants will be required to agree to the programme rules, and a parent or guardian must complete and return a health and safety form prior to the course. The forms can be found linked to the confirmation emails.
  • If there are any severe allergies, medical needs or additional information/support we need to be aware of please contact prior to booking.
  • For terms and conditions, please see here.

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