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Work Experience

We offer week-long work placements for school, college and university students, where you can experience what it’s like to work in a zoo.


Work Experience Placements

During your work experience placement you’ll work with a range of animals in most of our different zoo sections. You’ll help our keepers with everything from feeding the animals, to cleaning enclosures, to providing enrichment. But please remember – not all jobs will involve working directly with the animals! Zoo keeping involves a lot of hard work, outdoors, in all weathers.

Our work experience placements take place over one week, working full days (8:30am to 4pm) Monday to Friday. Please note: we may extend work placements to two weeks for university level students. They can be organised through your school, college, or university, but we do also like to hear from you personally. Places are limited as we can only take on one student each week, and we are often booked up months in advance. We therefore urge you to book your work experience placement as soon as possible.

To do a work experience placement with us you must be at least 15 years of age and have your own means of getting too and from the zoo.

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

How do I apply to do a work experience placement?

If you are interested in doing a work experience placement with us:

1. Please read through our Work Experience ChecklistDress Code, and our Data Protection information.

2. Download and fill in the Work Experience Application Form and the 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 would like to dedicate more time to helping at the zoo, we also offer volunteering opportunities for those aged 16yrs and up, and internships for those aged 18 years and up who are doing/have done animal-based studies.

We also volunteering and internships within our education department.

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