Event type
Experience
Event status
Coming soon
Dates
25 July - 1 September
Price
Included in Zoo entry
Accessibility

This event is fully accessible.

Welcome to Poo at the Zoo, a family-friendly journey of discovery into the fascinating world of wildlife waste!

Over the summer holidays, discover the science behind scat as you explore how droppings help us understand animal diets, habitats, and health.

Perfect for curious minds of all ages, Poo at the Zoo promises to be a huge heap of fun!

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Activity programme

A DAY AT THE POOSEUM

Visit this unique poo exhibition, a 22-year labour of love for one of ZSL’s zookeepers, former artist Tracey Lee. Starting out as two very special specimens – when the last elephant and black rhino were re-homed from London Zoo – added to canvas in a piece titled “The last poo at the Zoo”, today Tracey’s unique collection boasts over 100 preserved specimens and features dung from a wide range of creatures including an endangered gorilla, giant Galapagos tortoise and even a tiny poo from a caterpillar!
With guidance from a London Zoo expert, you’ll get the chance to become a poo-ologist for the day and find out all the vital insights that can be gleaned from a simple number two!

 

FAMILY FAVOURITE GAMES

Sure to entertain the whole family, every day we'll be running a Game of the Day focused on animal feeding and digestion. Enjoy Poo Bingo, Poo or False or a matching and memory challenge Who Did This Poo?

 

'THE GREAT POO MYSTERY' SHOW

Discover the wonderful world of the Poo in the Zoo books by children’s author Steve Smallman. At 11:30am, 2:30pm and 4:30pm each day, kids will love the love stage adaptation of bestselling book The Great Poo Mystery.

 

LIVE STORYTELLING SESSIONS

At selected times on dates to be announced, Poo in the Zoo author Steve Smallman, will lead live storytelling sessions. Hear tales about zookeeper Little Bob McGrew and the fabulously eccentric Hector Gloop, poo collector extraordinaire, or Arabella Slater, poo investigator!
No extra charge. Subject to availability. Book on the day in the Zoo. Story selection may change.

The Great Poo Mystery book cover artwork
© llustrations copyright Ada Grey, 2020 All rights reserved. Published by Little Tiger Press Limited.
The Great Poo Mystery book artwork
© llustrations copyright Ada Grey, 2020 All rights reserved. Published by Little Tiger Press Limited.
'THE GREAT POO MYSTERY' TRAIL

Take on a quest, inspired by The Great Poo Mystery. The self-led trail includes challenges and clues helping young visitors track down a selection of London Zoo’s animals including lions, tigers, giant tortoises and penguins.

 

ILLUSTRATION WORKSHOP

Join the illustrator of the Poo in the Zoo book series, Ada Grey, for drawing classes.
No extra charge. Selected dates and times only. Self-led drawing activities available at all other times.

 

CALLING ALL BUDDING AUTHORS!

Get your kids’ imaginations sparked with creative writing sessions with Steve Smallman, author of Poo in the Zoo! Discover the incredible array of life that survives in rainforests and coral reefs, drawing inspiration from them to develop your own characters and story. In one hour, we’ll introduce the foundations of creative writing, with guidance from Steve via pre-recorded video and supported by our expert London Zoo staff. Each child will receive a special certificate at the end for their achievements, and get to take their stories home with them.

A limited number of Premium Sessions are available and will be led by Steve Smallman in person.

Suitable for children aged 5-10. Tickets will be £15 for Standard Sessions and £35 for Premium Sessions. London Zoo admission ticket or valid ZSL membership also required. If you're not a ZSL Member, workshop tickets are now available to book along with your Zoo admission tickets. For ZSL members, please book Standard Sessions here.

 

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Accessibility information

Games, drawing sessions and the trail have been designed to be fully accessible for the whole activity period, with large print trail cards and handouts available.

Written handouts will be available for visitors with hearing difficulties wherever there is audio content.

Every Wednesday we are supporting visitors with additional needs with enhanced accessible activities including:

  • Quiet sessions at the Pooseum, main lawn games and drawing classes. These will have quieter background music, improved lighting and limited capacity.
  • Large print trail cards available as standard (available on request on other days).
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