Keeper Academy (15-17 years)

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Do you want to work with animals, work in a zoo, or be a vet? This course provides experience with zoo animals including reptiles, primates, large mammals, big cats & elephants.

Blackpool Zoo’s Keeper Academy is a course for young people aged 15-17 years old. The course will run over 10 sessions from 10.30am-3.00pm, including 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 benefit from this exciting new course.

Supported at all times by our education team, students receive an evidence portfolio of their work, a certificate of completion and a written reference.


Summer Schools – 10 days (Monday to Friday for 2 weeks). Maximum of 12 students per course.
14th – 25th August

Saturday Course (10 Saturdays). Maximum of 12 students per course.
9th September - 25th November 


Cost: Each course is priced at £350 per person. This price includes a discount card for the shop and cafe that can be used on course days. On the last day of the course there is a Zoo Keeper Graduation where participants will receive their certificate and have four zoo entry tickets that can be used for family and friends.

What to do next?

Fill in the application form and parental consent form and return them via email or post to: Education Department, Blackpool Zoo, East Park Drive, Blackpool. FY3 8PP.

Please note written signatures are required on all forms.

Once your application has been processed and a place on the programme has been confirmed you will be contacted by e-mail.  This e-mail will contain information on how to make your payment to secure the place on the programme.   

Please email or telephone 01253 830805, if you have questions or queries regarding any aspect of Zoo Keeper Academy and the application process.

If you'd like to order a Keeper Academy Hoodie or TShirt, please complete the order form below. Hoodies are £25 each (or £28 if personalised) and TShirts are £10 each, see picture at top of page.


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Children under three are free!