Drayton Manor Zoo is a fascinating place to explore with 15 acres of open plan zoo home to over 100 animals from all over the world including endangered species. 

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Featured Animal

Featured Animal

Check out our featured Animal this month! 

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Sumatran tigers (Panthera tigris sumatrae)

Did you know that Sumatran tigers are the smallest surviving tiger subspecies in the world?  Fewer than 400 Sumatran tigers remain in patches of the forests on the Island of Sumatra, Indonesia. 

With their heavy black stripes on their orange coats and weighing from 165-308 lbs, the perfect habitat for a Sumatran tiger are Tropical Broadleaf Evergreens, Forests, Peat Swamps, and Freshwater Swamp Forests.

Our most recent big cat residents, Dua and Dora:

Name: Dua
Gender: Male
Born: 15.05.2005 at Wilhelma Zoo, Germany
Arrived at Drayton Manor Zoo on 06.03.2013 from Brno Zoo, Czech Republic

Name: Dora
Gender: Female
Born: 25.06.2011 at the Prague Zoological Garden, Prague
Arrived at Drayton Manor Zoo on 15.01.2015 from Ree Park – Ebeltoft Safari, Denmark

Who we support…

Here at Drayton Manor Zoo we support a number of conservation charities around the globe.  To coincide with Dua and Dora’s arrival, we now support 21st Century Tiger, a unique initiative which raises funds for wild tiger conservation projects.  For more details on 21st Century Tiger click here.

If you would like to help us raise money for 21st Century Tiger please email marketing@draytonmanor.co.uk.

Zoo Club at Drayton Manor

Zoo Club at Drayton Manor

For animal enthusiasts aged 8 – 12 years old!

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2016 daTES: 

Booking for our 2016 Zoo Clubs is now open for the following dates:

16 April – 31 May (6 x Saturday mornings, 9.30 – 12.45)

1 Aug – 3 Aug (3 x days, 9.45 – 4.00)

22 Aug – 24 Aug (3 x days, 9.45 – 4.00)

Please email education@draytonmanor.co.uk to book your place on this fantastic animal experience! 

This opportunity is for children with a passion for animals, who are interested in zoo keeping and would like to experience being up close and personal with a range of different animal species in our zoo


  • Making presents for our big cats
  • Chopping up food and taking it to our cheeky monkeys
  • Meeting our friendly snakes, lizards and bugs
  • Making treats for our tamarins and marmosets
  • Giving presents to our colourful parrots
  • Scatter feeding our ostrich, emu and kangaroo
  • Mucking out our tapir enclosures
  • Making mealworm sandcastles for our meerkats

The cost for this unique Zoo keeper experience is only £100 in total.  

If you are interested in attending the Zoo club this year, please email education@draytonmanor.co.uk with any questions and to book your place. We will send you a link to our online registration form.  

Places are limited to only 12 children per club, so reserve your place now to avoid disappointment!




While working hard to conserve endangered species worldwide it is easy to over look what's on our own doorstep. We have projects aiming to conserve the biodiversity of the local area.

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Conservation at Drayton Manor

Without regular maintenance, woodlands can deteriorate and lead to limited biodiversity. Many native species can be lost to poor woodland maintenance such as overcrowding trees; leading to light reduction.

"The Project"

Team members from the zoo department are currently involved in restoring 40 acres of beautiful land on the outskirts of the Drayton estate. The mixed habitat land contains ponds, streams, woodland and meadow areas.

The team have put together a management plan for the piece of land that will:

  • Help restore the woodland.
  • Create a suitable habitat for hazel dormice and great crested newts
  • Establish a wildflower meadow.

Work is currently underway with the aid of volunteers from the community. The team have started the project in the woodland. This includes:

  • Removing and thinning trees to allow room for a wide range of species to develop
  • Controlling invasive species
  • Restoration of woodland pools
  • Planting native wildflowers
  • Wildlife surveying

The team have been lucky enough to have observed evidence of a number of visitors to the area: A large range of butterflies and moths, a wide range of bird species and several species of bat. There is also evidence of deer, stoats, foxes and some resident badgers.

 Final Goal

To provide a beautiful and tranquil recreational wildlife area. This area will contain pathways, information signs and wildlife hides. It will be ideal for students, school groups and the public looking to study and enjoy wildlife. We hope to hold public events including: tree planting, bird watching, bug hunting, bat and moth nights and guided walks.


Palm Oil and What We Are Continuing To Do

Palm Oil and What We Are Continuing To Do

Please click more to see what we are doing regarding Palm Oil. 

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Drayton Manor Park Catering Department currently sell a small selection of products that contain palm oil.

Palm oil and palm kernel oil are derived from the fruit and seed (or kernel) of oil palm trees. Palm (kernel) oil is widely used as a raw material in the manufacture of many food products, as well as non-food products, such as cosmetics and cleaning products.

Palm oil production is now recognised as a cause of substantial and irreversible damage to the natural environment when not managed sustainably, with many bio-diverse rainforests and indigenous people placed at risk by the rapid expansion of palm oil plantations.

In response to this development, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) initiated the formation of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil in 2004. The objective of this multi-stakeholder group is to define and control global standards for the sustainable production of palm oil.

Drayton Manor Park have decided to obtain products only from suppliers who ensure all palm oil contained in their products come from either certified sustainable sources or support sustainable production through a programme such as GreenPalm.  We aim to reach this goal by 2016, but of course, we’ll review this timetable regularly, to take into account global availability of certified sustainable palm oil and its derivatives.

GreenPalm is a certificate trading programme which is designed to tackle the environmental and social problems created by the production of palm oil.  GreenPalm works by enabling a financial premium to be earned by producers who can prove they are environmentally and socially responsible, and who develop plans to continually improve their operations. Thus, by using products covered by the GreenPalm programme, we are rewarding palm oil producers for working in a sustainable and responsible way.  All of the cooking oil used in our catering outlets is from a supplier who purchase GreenPalm certificates to cover 100% of their palm oil used. 

During our move to sustainable sources of palm oil, we’ll make sure that there’s never any compromise on the safety, quality and value of any of our products. We’ll also have information available upon request on all our products containing palm oil.  We have a database in place which enables us to monitor the use of palm oil across all of our products.

Drayton Manor Park is a very small user of palm oil. However, we know we can only help to drive global change and achieve our goals by working closely with other major suppliers.



Please see below for a list of charities supported by Drayton Manor Zoo. 

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Charity Description
World Parrot Trust As a leader in parrot conservation and welfare, the World Parrot Trust works with parrot enthusiasts, researchers, local communities and government leaders to encourage effective solutions that protect parrots
World Owl Trust The World Owl Trust works on owl conservation on a global scale, with members in many countries around the world.
Orangutan Protection Foundation The Orangutan Protection Foundation supports the largest primate rescue and rehabilitation organisation in the world today operated by BOS Foundation.
Get involved!

Get involved!

Get involved!

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Be a Zoo Keeper for the day!

Gain insight into the unique characters of many of the animals and go behind the scenes on this amazing opportunity.

Spend a day with our keepers finding out more about the species they look after and even help with some of the feeding and of course the cleaning out!

Please note the minimum age for Keeper for the Day is 14 years old.

Price: £100 donation to one of our animal charities.

Animal Experiences

Make your day extra special by spending some time with your favourite animal. A chance to spend 20 minutes getting up close and personal with them (minimum age is 10 years old).

Experiences include:


Price: £30 donation to one of our animal charities

Stars for the day

Oliver and Esme spent the day in the zoo with their parents and got to see all manner of creepy crawlies.They spent time with Adam our experienced reptile keeper who took them into the Discovery Centre were they got to handle cockroaches, bugs and lizards. Oliver and Esme kept Adam on his toes with lots of questions but the funniest moment came after the Millipede weed on Esme who then spent time drawing the experience for the Zoo Managers. Both children had a great day and said they will return when they are old enough to take part in of Keeper For The Day.



Adopt an animal

Why not join our adopt an animal scheme.

Give a friend or relative a gift with a difference-and make a real contribution to conservation!

For a donation of £35 (1 year):

A personalised certificate of adoption

One complimentary pass into Drayton Manor

A general profile about your adopted animal

Other details

If the certificate has to be made out to someone other than the purchaser, please indicate clearly the name required on the certificate and where it should be sent.
All money raised from animal adoptions will be used for conservation and education programmes within the zoo.
All animals adopted remain the property of Drayton Manor Zoo. Occasionally it may become necessary to send an adopted animal to another establishment. In such an event, adopters will be informed and offered alternative animals. This also applies should an animal pass away.
Each pass gives one free admission to visit your adopted animal.
Visits are during normal park operational hours. 
Adoption tickets are valid for 12 months from date of purchase.
For a list of the animals available for adoption: Please Click Here
To download an Adoption Form: Please Click Here
Contact us now on 01827 284737 or email zoo@draytonmanor.co.uk

Another way to get involved if you’re aged 8 – 12 years old and love animals is by joining in with one of our Zoo Keeper Clubs running across 2016. Click here for more information about this exciting experience!

Check out our Zoo Guide here!



Check out our animal enrichment below! 

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Enrichment at Drayton Manor

Environmental enrichment is given to animals as a way of providing and increasing the stimuli of their environment for the animal to express natural species specific behavior in captivity. Enrichment allows the animal to exercise, explore their enclosure and to enhance their well-being.


Enrichment can be in form of the following:

Food related: Using food to encourage natural behaviors is the most recognized form of enrichment. For example hiding food around the enclosures or inside boxes are both simple ideas.

Sensory: Using the five senses; sight, sound, touch, smell and taste. A common sensory enrichment is a sack filled with hay that has been scented with a perfume which is very popular with our Black Leopards!

Novel Objects: Anything that is new to the enclosure. This can be as simple as a new branch or hammock. Novel objects can also be linked with food enrichment such as meat inside a filled sack or cardboard box.

Most popular enrichment at the Zoo

Here's one of our white cockatoo's enjoying his Christmas enrichment - a present filled with nuts and seeds. 

Here's a video of our adorable meerkats enjoying their Christmas enrichment: 

So you want to be a zookeeper

So you want to be a zookeeper

One of the most popular animal jobs is being a Zoo Keeper!

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Although zoo keeping can be extremely rewarding it is worth remembering the reality of a zoo keeper’s life! A day in a life of a zoo keeper is very demanding with work being physical, dirty, often repetitive and sometimes sad. Your love for animals cannot be sentimental.
Lisa is one of our zoo keepers who is responsible for half of the animals on the exotic paddock section. She looks after animals such as Tapirs, Flamingos, Capybara’s and Red Squirrels.
What is the best part of your job?
There are many parts of my job that I truly love. The interaction with the animals is amazing; some of the animals are really affectionate like the tapirs who love having a tickle. Every day we provide enrichment for our animals, watching them enjoy our hard work makes it all worthwhile.
What is the hardest part of your job?
There are many areas of the job that are hard, but for different reasons. The work can be really physically heavy; I always get home from work exhausted! The other really hard thing is when an animal has to be put to sleep, you have to remember that the most important thing is the animals welfare not your own feelings.
What is the first thing you do in the morning?
We start off by feeding all the animals, it is really important to take this opportunity to check all the animals are healthy. We then get on with the dirty job of cleaning the enclosures.
Lisa’s route to becoming a Zoo Keeper

  • A levels
  • Degree in Animal Science
  • Lots of work experience with animals while a student
  • Trainee Zoo Keeper at Drayton Manor

 Lisa’s Tips:

  • Get as much experience as you can! Make sure this is the job for you, it is harder than it looks!
  • Be prepared to get dirty!

Ask the Managers!
Joyce Roberts is a Zoo Manager at Drayton Manor Zoo. She has a wealth of experience and has worked from the bottom, through the ranks to the top. She has worked on every section of the zoo and really knows what it takes to be a zoo keeper.
What skills make Lisa a valuable member of the team?
Lisa is extremely hard working, an essential quality for being a zoo keeper. The other great thing about Lisa is she is keen to “get stuck in!” she is willing to get her hands dirty and get the job done.
Joyce’s tips:
There are only limited zoo keeper jobs out there and many people who want them, so you need to shine. Getting as much experience is essential and a lot of determination!

Be a Zoo Keeper for the day!

Gain insight into the unique characters of many of the animals and go behind the scenes on this amazing opportunity.

Spend a day with our keepers finding out more about the species they look after and even help with some of the feeding and of course the cleaning out!

Please note the minimum age for Keeper for the Day is 14 years old.

Price: £100 donation to one of our animal charities.

Chef Glynn Purnell enjoys a Keeper for the Day Experience


For all work experience enquiries, please email zoo@draytonmanor.co.uk or send applications via post to: FAO Zoo Management, Drayton Manor Park, Nr Tamworth, Staffs, B78 3TW

Another way to get involved if you’re aged 8 – 12 years old and love animals is by joining in with one of our Zoo Keeper Clubs running across 2016. Click here for more information about this exciting experience!
Research at the Zoo

Research at the Zoo

At Drayton Manor we encourage college, undergraduate and postgraduate students to carry out research projects based in our zoo. 

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Research can range from Animal Behaviour to Environmental Enrichment. Research is important to us as a zoo, as it allows us to understand how to provide the animals with the best level of care possible, and make sure that our animals are both physically and mentally healthy.

Some animals at Drayton Manor Zoo; Lar Gibbons, Ringtail Lemurs, Marmosets and Tamarins, Brazilian Tapirs, Northern Lynxes, Fishing Cats, Scottish Wildcats, Meerkats, Snakes, Tortoises and Turtles, Parrots, Birds of Prey, African Crested Porcupines and many more.

If you would like to carry out research at Drayton Manor Zoo, we would encourage you to read through our research guidelines as well as the research guidelines published by BIAZA* (www.biaza.org.uk) first.

If you have any questions about conducting a research project at Drayton Manor Zoo or any other queries relating to research please feel free to contact Anne Fletcher, Research Officer by email: annefletcher@draytonmanor.co.uk

Research Proposal Form

Research Guidelines

*Drayton Manor Zoo is a member of BIAZA - The British and Irish association of zoos and aquariums.

This is a registered charity working together for wildlife.
Their aims are:      

  • Inspire people to help conserve the natural world.
  • Participate in effective co-operation conservation programmes.
  • Deliver the highest quality environmental  education training and research.
  • Achieve the highest standards of animal care and welfare.


Drayton Manor Zoo is also a member of ISIS - International Species Information System

'It is the mission of ISIS to facilitate international collaboration in the collection and sharing of knowledge on animals and their environments for zoos, aquariums and related conservation organizations to serve institutional, regional and global animal management and conservation goals' (ISIS, 2014).