Date and time

Saturday 21, 28 January and 4 February 2023. 10.30am - 12.30pm


£36 per person


Chester Zoo


Understanding animal behaviour is incredibly important to make sure our animals are happy and healthy. Both our science team and keepers work closely together to make sure our animals have everything they need.

Join us on our exciting animal behaviour skills course where you’ll gain EXPERT knowledge in a fun introduction into all things animal behaviour, designed for children in school years 7-9.

Every Saturday for three weeks you will have the opportunity to learn from our experts about how and why we study our animals’ behaviour in the zoo, and how this data can be used for habitat design and enrichment. Find out how we care for different species and even have a go at carrying out your own mini behavioural study.

A typical skills course may look like this (please note topics and timings vary):
10:30am – drop off at the Joseph Banks Room
10:45am – introduction to topic
11am – activity out in the zoo
11:30am – talk on how to develop skills
11:45am – out in the zoo learning specific skills
12:15pm – final questions and feedback
12:30pm – pick up

Who is it for? Our Skills Courses are for young people in secondary school years 7-9. Children should be booked into the school year group they are currently in. The school year runs from 1 September – 31 August.

What is included?
3 x morning sessions at the zoo (10.30am-12.30pm). Lunch is not included.

If you have any queries about our Junior Skills Courses, please check out our FAQs or email us at

Our skills course does not include any hand-on contact with any of the animals in the zoo, or behind-the-scenes access to any keeper areas.

Take a look at our events page to discover other events we have on offer which are suitable for a variety of ages.

You’re never too old to have FUN! We’ve got plenty of FANTABULOUS games and activities for you to take part in! Every day is a PLAY DAY at Chester Zoo.