Twycross Zoo - Follow Your Heart

Opening Times: 10am - 6pm

Charity Heart

Twycross Zoo is a registered charity (number 501841) which exists to support conservation, education and research.

Key Stage Four

Learning at Twycross is unique

Nothing compares to experiencing the real thing.

We provide interactive and exciting sessions for Key Stage Four students that fit in with all areas of the curriculum.

Our sessions are specially designed to inspire children about the natural world around them.

We offer a wide range of subject area so there is sure to be one that suits your needs.

Each session will be in one of our under-cover teaching classrooms with interactive facilities, will last between 45 and 60 minutes and can accommodate up to 30 children.

All sessions come with free resources for you to use on site or back at school to do post-visit work.

Ecosystems: Incredible Interactions

The students start by identifying levels of organisation within an ecosystem. They then discover how to measure species abundance and biodiversity. We consider biotic and abiotic factors, the role of micro-organisms, and interdependence. Finally we explore how humans rely on ecosystem services and the impact humans are having on global ecosystems.

Evolution and Classification

Students will explore the process of evolution through natural selection and evidence to support this. This session looks at the basics of genetics. Students will discover how and why we classify animals into groups.

Frankenscience: Right or Wrong?

Discuss how the application of science has shaped our modern world and how developments in biology such selective breeding can often raise questions about ethics. How science is applied in zoological organisation and debate to understand the ethical considerations of decision making.

‘Scientific Investigations – Animal Behaviour’

Discover why animals do what they do! In this session we will learn how to measure animal behaviour and discuss why understanding animal behaviour is important. The children will learn how to conduct their own investigation and collect their own data to take back to school.

Career Days

Twycross Zoo career days give participants a taste of a zoo career along with important background information for the field. Select from: Zoo Keeper, Veterinary Practice, Zoologist, Conservationist

What some of our visiting teachers have said about our workshops:

  • “A must for any teacher wanting their zoo trip to have a real education focus”
  • “Was well linked to the specification and activity really got the message across”
  • “Excellent content and learning task, really made the visit for us”
  • “Excellent as always, I now build this visit into my scheme of work each year”

SEND Students

We are aware that every child is different and as such we would love to talk to you about your special educational needs.

Twycross Zoo provides a unique learning experience for your pupils. The sessions we provide can be specially tailored to yourselves to be suitable for all levels of special needs. You can pick any session from the selection available for Key Stages One, Two and Three. Just let us know a bit about the requirements of your learners when you book so we can tailor the session accordingly.

Our site is very accessible and we offer free pre-visits to teachers to make it easy to become familiar with the site and prepare risk assessments.


Contact us

If you need any help please get in touch: 01827 883 140 or email

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Animal Experiences

Would you like to get even closer to some of the animals at Twycross Zoo? With our range of animal experiences, you can make a great day out even more memorable. Why not give one as a gift?

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Adopt an Animal

An Animal Adoption is the perfect gift for all animal lovers. Each adoption helps support Twycross Zoo’s conservation work worldwide, as well as help care for our animals at the zoo.

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