Internships 2018-03-08T14:53:27+00:00


We run an internship programme! Interns provide much needed help to our zoo staff, and in return we offer our interns an invaluable experience within the zoo field.

Zoo Keeping Interns

We have a dedicated team of zoo keepers who oversee all aspects of animal care in the zoo. Our zoo keeping interns assist our keeping staff with everything from feeding the animals, to cleaning enclosures, to providing enrichment.

We ask our interns to commit to at least two days a week, for a period of either 3, 6, or 12 months. Anyone wishing to do an internship must be at least 18 years of age, be studying or have studied an animal-related subject, and have their own means of getting to and from the zoo. Internships are unpaid.

If you would like any further information on internships at the zoo, please email or call the office on 01506 870 000.

How do I apply to be an intern?

If you are interested in doing an internship with us:

1. Please read through the Volunteer and Intern Checklist and Dress Code.

2. Download and fill in the Application Form and Emergency Contact Form.

3. Email your completed Application Form, Emergency Contact Form and a copy of your CV to

Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to hearing from you soon!

If you can’t commit that much time, or you’re not quite old enough, we offer volunteering for those aged 16 yrs and up, and week-long work experience placements for those aged 15 yrs and up and currently in education.

We also offer internships within our education department.

Opening Times

Open 7 days a week! (inc. Bank Holidays; exc. 25th Dec. and 1st Jan.)

1st November 2017 – 28th February 2018 : 10am – 4pm (last admission at 3pm)

1st March – 30th September 2018 : Zoo closes at 6pm

Last entry 1 hour before closing time.

PLEASE NOTE: Leaping Lemurs Soft Play is CLOSED until further notice.

Admission Prices

Child (3-15 yrs): £9.95
Adult (16 yrs+): £11.95
Under 3s: free of charge
Concession*: £10.45
Family Ticket (2 adults + 2 children): £34.00 + £7.95 for each additional child.

*Concession: applies to pensioners, disabled customers and accompanying carers.

Contact Us

Five Sisters Zoo
Gavieside, West Calder
West Lothian, EH55 8PT

T: 01506 870 000 / 01506 871 111