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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Zoo News

Zoo News

Check out what's been happening here at Drayton Manor Zoo! 

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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.


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, Sumatran Tigers, Marmosets and Tamarins, Brazilian Tapirs, Northern Lynxes, Fishing Cats, Meerkats, Snakes, Lizards, Kirk's Dik Dik Tortoises, Parrots 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.




Zoo Club at Drayton Manor

Zoo Club at Drayton Manor

For animal enthusiasts aged 8 – 12 years old!

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Zoo Keeper For The Day

Zoo Keeper For The Day

Experience being a Zoo Keeper for the day!

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Save African Grey Parrots and our charities we support. 

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Tell CITES to end trade in wild African Grey Parrots!

We are proud to show our support of this very worthwhile cause to save the African Grey Parrots. 

Thousands of wild African Grey Parrots are being trapped each year to fuel the overseas pet trade. The trade is driving the species to extinction, and it has to stop.

Please help sign the petition to put an end to this. The goal is to reach 7,500 signatures and all support is gratefully received, we have signed in support and you can read more and sign the petition here. 

Make sure you share with your friends and families to help save thousands of wild parrots! 

Stop the Ivory Trade

The ivory trade is currently at the highest it has been since 1989. Elephants are still being killed in their thousands for Bloody Ivory. Illegal ivory is still being smuggled out of Africa and being sold in other countries. Therefore, in a bid to prevent this from happening, we have voted to ban the sale of products made from ivory in Britain. 

Please help by signing this petition to support  and improve protection for the elephants . 


Here is a list of charities supported by Drayton Manor Zoo. 

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.
Work Experience & Volunteering

Work Experience & Volunteering

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zoo work experience

Work Placements

Interested in working in a zoo? This will be ideal for you, read on.

We are now offering work experience programmes within the different areas of our zoo. To be eligible you must be currently studying towards a relevant qualification such as Animal Management and either working towards your level 3 or a university undergraduate. 

If you are interested about pursuing a career working within a zoo or conservation environment we are keen to support you in gaining invaluable work experience here at Drayton Manor. Our placements are for a minimum of 10 days.

The areas where we can offer work experience are:
-    Primates
-    Paddocks
-    Birds
-    Reptiles

Click here to find out more about our work experience placements here. 

Apply now

Please download the application form to apply. 

You can either print and return the form to Zoo Department, Drayton Manor Park, Near Tamworth, B78 3TW or email zooworkexperience@dryatonmanor.co.uk 

Only direct applications will be considered. All applicants will be contacted within 14 days of receiving the application form if successful.