Secondary Education

Whole Day Workshop – DZP Enterprise Challenge

Key topics covered:

Conservation, team work, finances, enclosure design, BIAZA, CITIES, stud books, business, media and presentation skills.

Learning Objectives

-to explore the history of zoos and important legislations (for examples CITES)

-to design appropriate animal enclosures

– evaluate the animal welfare and enrichment needs for successful captive breeding

Our Enterprise Challenge is unique, challenging, award winning and lots of fun, pitting teams of up to six students against each other in a tough, real-world task to select a new species to add to the DZP collection, design the enclosure and present their plan to senior zoo staff.

Your students will have to work together tackling all the real life struggles that we face at DZP in our mission to help conserve endangered species and maintain an exciting collection that will engage and thrill the general public.

We will provide the students with all of the background information and resources, then it’s down to them!

At the end of the challenge, each team will present their design and strategy to a panel of DZP senior staff, Dragon’s Den style.


Animal Behaviour

In this workshop we will look closely at the different ways animals communicate, the difference between instinctive and learnt behaviour. The students will carry out and analyse an ethogram on one of our big carnivores.

Role of the Modern Zoo

What do zoos really do and why? Find out what happens behind the scenes and how we care for over 250 animals.

Animal Training

Why do we train our animals? This short workshop highlights the benefits of training animals for health checks and shows a behind the scenes training session with our tigers or bears.

Careers in Zoos

This workshop highlights the career options available to young adults wanting to enter the animal care or Zoo industry itself. The will be time for questions and answers from students at the end of the session from industry experts at the Zoo.

The Zoo as a business

A spin off from our award winning enterprise challenge, this challenge asks students to produce a business plan for one improvement or new attraction that they would make to the Zoo. Students will have to be sure of their plans though as they will be pitching them to senior zoo staff in a dragons den style finale.

Animal Adaptations

A hands on session into how animals cope with extreme conditions and defend themselves from predators. Experience some of the amazing adaptations that our animals possess through evolution to help them survive.


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