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Keeper Academy

Want to work with animals? We've got the perfect course for you!

Practical experience is an absolute necessity for anyone wishing to pursue a career with animals, but this is often difficult to obtain. As such, we are pleased to present our animal-based course for 15-17 year olds, newly revamped for the 2014 season!

The course runs over 3 days from 9:30am – 3:30pm. Each day will include 3-4 hours of practical work with our zookeepers, as well as theory sessions with our education team. Students will work with a variety of species, completing tasks such as preparing food, cleaning enclosures and designing enrichment items. Theory sessions will focus on the species that the students will be working with, covering a diverse range of topics from anatomy to enclosure design. Students will receive a certificate of completion and a written reference detailing the work carried out.

The course is priced at £300 per person, and includes a complimentary family ticket for entry into the zoo and theme park on a day of your choice. With a maximum of just 6 students on each course, Keeper Academy offers a highly personal experience allowing you to really get involved with life at the zoo!

Interested? Here's what to do next...

Download the application form below, and return it by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by post to Zoo Booking Office, Flamingo Land, Malton, YO17 6UX. For more information about the booking process or course, please don’t hesitate to send us an email or call us on 01653 668287 (ext 225).

2014/2015 Programme

The programme runs over a three-day period from 9:30am – 3:30pm daily.

27th - 29th October 2014 – 1 place remaining!

16th - 18th February 2015

30th March - 1st April 2015

27th - 29th May 2015

27th - 29th July 2015

24th - 26th August 2015

26th - 28th October 2015

A minimum of 3 participants is required to run each course. We will not take payment until at least 3 participants have booked.