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Animal Academy

Animal Academy at BCA Zoo:

Due to the current Covid-19 outbreak Animal Academy will be running with many adjustments. Please make sure you carefully read all of the information on this page before booking. We cannot guarantee contact with any specific animals or species.

Animal Academy will be running as a single day course from 9:30 am until 4:00 pm offering children the chance to come and learn all about the different animals we keep here at BCA.

Students will spend time on each of our three key sections, livestock, exotics (reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates) and the zoo courtyard. They will be expected to get stuck in learning a range of skills from animal husbandry such as cleaning and feeding to health checks and handling along the way.

Overalls will be provided for this course and students will receive a certificate at the end of the day.

From 3:30 pm parents/carers are welcome to come along to watch the last activity of the day. Please note due to COVID-19 restrictions, only 2 spectators per child may attend.

This encounter is suitable for 7 – 13-year-olds. Groups will consist of 6 children.

This encounter runs from 9:30 am – 4:00 pm with up to an hour for lunch. Please ensure your child brings a packed lunch with them as no food will be available on the day.

You are welcome to bring cameras with you to take photos however BCA accepts no liability for damage to goods.

If your child is between 11 and 13 years old please make sure they bring a face mask with them on the day. If children aged 11+ are not willing to wear a mask for parts of the day whilst indoors they will not be able to participate.

T&C’s apply.

Photos by Dan Tsantilis

Due to the current Covid-19 outbreak we are currently only running Zoo Tours, Meerkat Encounters and Animal Academy. These can be booked through the Encounters & Events section of our website. No other activities will be running until further notice. Please accept our sincere apologies for any disappointment caused.