Keeper School - 2015 courses now available!

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We’ve recently released the dates for our 2015 Keeper School courses. With three different levels, suitable for ages 8-17, these courses provide experience with zoo animals including reptiles, primates, large mammals and elephants. Our Keeper School courses provide the perfect first steps for anyone looking for a career working with animals. 

Keeper Kids

Level One: Keeper Kids

Keeper Kids is a two day programme designed to give children aged 8-11 years an opportunity to learn all about the animal kingdom, enjoy working with animals in a zoo and discover more about a zoo keeper’s job.

Find out more about Keeper Kids here.

Zoo School

Level Two: Zoo School

Zoo School is an initiative for children aged 12-14. It follows on from Keeper Kids, teaching more about the unique lives of the many endangered animals at Blackpool Zoo. GCSE Science coursework is reinforced with hands on experience resulting in better informed choices for sixth form and college. 

Find out more about Zoo School here.

Keeper Academy

Level Three: Blackpool Zoo Keeper Academy

Blackpool Zoo Keeper Academy is a 10 day course for young people aged 15-17 years old. This course consists of theory sessions on working with different exotic species as well as over 30 hours of practical experience with a range of zoo animals including invertebrates reptiles, primates, large mammals and elephants.

The course is designed for those who wish to pursue a career with animals and require practical experience to enhance their application. Those who wish to become vets, vet nurses, zookeepers or complete other animal based studies will definitely benefit from this exciting course.

Find out more about Keeper Academy here.


Other opportunities

We also offer work experience and support for students undertaking research projects.


More information

Our website is the best place for full information on all of our courses and opportunities, just use the links listed above.

For more regular updates, information, photos and resources, have a look at our newly relaunched Facebook Page – Blackpool Zoo Keeper School. We’ll be using this page to keep you updated on our courses and to allow students to find one another and share their memories and experiences. We also hope it will become a valuable resource for anyone aspiring to a career working with animals. Like our page on Facebook.