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.

Course Dates

  • Course 1 –  Every Saturday from 6th January to 24th March (excluding 10th and 17th February)
  • Course 2 –  Monday 30th July to Friday 3rd August and Monday 6th August to Friday 10th August
  • Course 3 –  Monday 13th August to Friday 17th August and Monday 20th August to Friday 24th August
  • Course 4 –  Every Saturday from 8th September to 24th November (excluding 20th and 27th October)

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.

How to book

In order to book a place you must complete an registration form (and return to us with written signatures) and make payment for the course. Completed application forms must be sent within 14 days of the date you make payment. 

Your place on the course will be reserved once we receive a completed registration form, however your place will not be secure until you have made payment. 

Click HERE to make payment online and secure your place today!



Please email zoo.school@blackpoolzoo.org.uk or telephone 01253 830805, if you have questions or queries regarding any aspect of the Keeper Academy course and the registration process.

If you'd like to order a Keeper Academy Hoodie or T Shirt, please either complete the order form below or buy online using the link below. Hoodies are £25 each and T Shirts are £10 each.

Important information

Please ensure you read and understand the following information before completing a registration form and making payment:

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