Five Sisters Zoo is dedicated to encouraging and supporting research that improves captive animal management and benefits the conservation of animals. Research is a primary objective of ours and is a major role within modern zoos.

Five Sisters Zoo encourages students to undertake non-invasive animal-based research, looking at areas including:

  • Animal health (including nutrition, physiology, and pathology)
  • Animal behaviour (including stereotypic behaviour and environmental enrichment)
  • Enclosure design
  • Visitor studies (including visitor preferences and behaviours, and the effectiveness of zoo marketing strategies)
  • Zoo education

Research is helpful to Five Sisters Zoo giving a valuable insight into enclosure design, diet, social behaviour… etc. as well as making us aware of visitors attitudes and perceptions, thus aiding conservation through improved education.


All researchers wishing to conduct a project at Five Sisters Zoo should submit a Research Application Form, with an attached research proposal if possible.

Applications are assessed by the education department and zoo management staff, and will be accepted based on the subject area, its value to science, and the logistics of the proposed study.

Applications should be sent in at least one month in advance of the proposed start date.

For further information about research at Five Sisters Zoo, please contact Rebecca at Five Sisters Zoo, Gavieside, West Calder, West Lothian, EH55 8PT or email

Opening Times

Open 7 days a week (inc bank holidays, exc Christmas and New Years Day)

The zoo opens at 10am every day. Closing time depends on season:

1st Feb – 24th Mar 2018 5pm
25th Mar – 30th Sep 2018 6pm
1st – 31st October 2018 5pm
1st Nov 2018 – 31st Jan 2019 4pm

Last admission is 1 hour before closing time.

Admission Prices

Five Sisters Zoo

Child (3-15 yrs): £10.45
Adult (16 yrs+): £12.95
Under 3s: free of charge
Concession*: £11.45
Family Ticket (2 adults + 2 children): £38.00 + £8.45 for each additional child.

*Applies to pensioners, disabled customers and accompanying carers with official photo ID.

Handling Sessions : £3 p/p
Lemur Feeds : £6 p/p

Leaping Lemurs Soft Play 

Child (3+yrs): £5.50
Child (1-2yrs): £3.50
Under 1yr: £1.00

£2.50 discount for same-day ticket/pass holders. No discount for under 3’s with free zoo entry.

Contact Us

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

T: 01506 870 000 / 01506 871 111


Leaping Lemurs Soft Play 

T: 01506 872 200