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! 

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

Zoo Club

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

If you are interested in finding out about our other Club's we have our Summer Coaster Club. 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.  





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.



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.
Zoo Work Experience

Zoo Work Experience

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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. 




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!


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 News

Zoo News

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

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goodbye toto

Toto was brought to Drayton Manor Zoo almost 50 years ago, in 1967, and within a year was introduced to a young female chimpanzee named Topsy and they happily spent 45 years together, watching the zoo and park progress into what it is today.

Unfortunately, in 2005, Topsy deteriorated with old age, and sadly passed away, leaving Toto unaccompanied. The Zoo decided, after careful consideration and advice from primatologists, it would be best for Toto at his age to remain at Drayton Manor Park, the only home he’d known with keepers he knew and recognised, whilst has adjusted to Topsy’s loss. Toto didn’t take long to bounce back to his old, playful self, and in 2015 Toto, along with another long-standing resident Toby the Gibbon, both celebrated their 50th birthday. Naturally, Drayton Manor Park celebrated in style; plastering the event on social networks and newspapers, whilst providing the birthday boys with plenty of presents, banners and a special primate birthday cake, making it a landmark day to remember.

However, since then, after continually reviewing the situation Drayton Manor Park have had to make the very tough decision to relocate the parks beloved Chimpanzee, and on 31st October 2016, Toto was retired from his theme park home to the Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary in South Wales, where he will begin the next chapter of his life. It was a long and arduous decision, but staff believe this is in the best interests of Toto. He will be gradually integrated and introduced over the next coming year with two other male apes; Jason and Tubman, who is of similar age to Toto, and who have long been residents at the sanctuary; where we believe, they will happily form a new bachelor group, allowing Toto, Jason and Tubman to have an enjoyable retirement together.

Great care and preparation has gone into this move and we are pleased to report that Toto is now enjoying the fresh Welsh mountain air whilst getting to know his future ‘roommates’, through the watchful eye of the sanctuary staff.

Toto is dearly loved and will be greatly missed here at the Zoo, but the park is very happy and excited for his new adventure at Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary.