Due to the current situation concerning coronavirus, the Basel Zoo will remain closed until further notice.
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Schools - Educational offer

School trips

A team of experienced biologists is available for school groups that have not prepared any specific themes. Group rate: CHF 180.00 per hour Register by calling + 41 (0) 61 295 35 35, Mon/Wed 9.30 – 12.00 and 14.00 – 16.30 Uhr; Tue/Thu/Fri: 8.00 – 12.00.

Secondary education at the zoo

Tours by the zoo’s education team are limited to school groups that are well prepared on topics.

The aim of a visit to the zoo is to “spice up” the theory covered in school with practical examples and to respond to any unanswered questions.

This offer is free for schools from the Basel-City and Basel-County cantons. For schools from elsewhere the charge is CHF: 90.00 per hour.

Register by calling + 41 (0) 61 295 35 35 during office hours, Wednesday 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m..

Further training events for teachers

Topics on request.

Free of charge for teachers from the Basel-City and Basel-County cantons. Other cantons: CHF 180.00 per hour plus CHF 13.00 admission fee per person.

Register by calling + 41 (0) 61 295 35 35 during office hours, Wednesday 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m..

Working in the children’s zoo during free time

Children aged 8 and over can apply to work as volunteers in the children’s zoo in their free time.

Jobs are given out every day in the morning at 8:00 a.m. and/or in the afternoon at 1:30 p.m. in the children’s zoo itself. Under the expert guidance of a zoo keeper, interested children can get to know the basics of animal care.

You do not need to sign up for this offer!

Work in the children’s zoo

For classes in the 4th and 5th year of primary school.
Pupils work in small groups under the instruction of zoo keepers, five mornings a week. The focus is on the daily routine of mucking out, cleaning the enclosures and feeding, which invites children to get to know the very diverse range of animal personalities better. 

This unique service is fully booked until summer 2021! Booking requests for the academic year 2021/2022 will be taken until the end of December 2020. The classes will be selected at random.

This activity is only available in German.

Are you a school student and interested in interviewing a member of the zoo staff? Interviews are suitable for well-prepared pupils completing a piece of written work or preparing a report. Interviews by prior appointment by telephone only (Mon/Wed 9.30 – 12.00 and 14.00 – 16.30 Uhr; Tue/Thu/Fri: 8.00 – 12.00.)

Please sign up at least three weeks in advance, providing two or three possible dates.