Safari School

Want a career working with animals?

Join us for a week of fun in the Safari Park

Are you aged 13 - 17 years and wanting to gain useful insight into the day-to-day functioning of a zoological collection? If yes, then Safari School is the course for you!

**PLEASE NOTE: We are running an adult version of Safari School in 2019 after a successful trial in 2018. This is a course for 18 years +. Stay tuned for more details.**

What is Safari School?

Safari School is designed for students whose aim is to work in the animal industry. Our school covers aspects such as zoo keeping, ecology, veterinary studies and conservation. It is a multi faceted course which covers all aspects of zoo-related work in practical and theoretical tasks.

How much is it?

Safari School is £250 per pupil, it includes lunches, materials, portfolio and graduation T-shirt. 

When is it?

Safari School runs for 5 days (Monday to Friday) on the following 2018 dates:

(2019 dates to be released in December)

  • Safari School 1 - 9 - 13 April 2018 
  • Safari School 2 - 2 - 6 July 2018 
  • Safari School 3 - 16 - 20 July 2018 
  • Safari School 4 - 30 July - 3 August 2018 
  • ADULT Safari School - 13 August - 17 August 2018 
  • Safari School 5 - 15 - 19 October 2018 

More info...

This scheme is aimed at students aged 13 -17 studying at a high school level. Students should have an interest in animal care and welfare or be looking to explore this type of work as a career. We understand that work experience is hard to gain at a young age and voluntary work can be a long term commitment - Safari School is designed to give students the opportunity to be inspired by working within the zoo environment.Safari School has been built to suit all learning abilities (please email us if you have any questions) and helps students understand the important underlying concepts which accompany practical aspects of the role.The course includes the following:

  • Animal husbandry
  • Animal health
  • Enclosure design
  • Enrichment
  • Behaviour studies
  • Training
  • Conservation
  • Nutrition

Students will also complete a portfolio of their journey through Safari School. This can be used as reference to their time spent at the park and may also provide supporting information in applications for further education. All students will receive a certificate of completion and a complimentary t-shirt upon graduation from the course.

Graduation will take place on the Friday afternoon and each student will receive two tickets for guests to attend the ceremony. Students and their guests are welcome to spend the remainder of the day exploring the park after completion of the graduation ceremony.

What did they think?

"Thanks to the education team - so knowledgeable, fun and easy to get along with!" - student, 2018

"This course has boosted my sons confidence in social situations. He has taken away so many life long skills and learned a lot about the care of the animals behind the scenes" - a happy parent, 2018

"I honestly can't think of any way to improve the course" - Wendy, Adult Safari School student, 2018

How do I apply?

If you are interested in participating in Safari School, please apply to and we will email a booking form to you. Places will be on a first come first served basis, a deposit of £50 will secure a place, then full payment will be required 2 weeks prior to the start date. A welcome pack containing further information about the course will be sent to you in due course.

Please note: 2019 dates will be launched in December 2018.


5 Days


By email
By phone
01786 843105

Not sure what you need?

Contact our education team and we’ll take you through what’s available to book. We offer custom designed sessions to suit all levels of ability and budget.

Get in touch with our education team on 01786 843105