With schools closed and outings cancelled, many parents have found themselves facing the challenge of home-schooling and entertaining cooped-up kids. Drusillas' new online resources are completely free and provide a variety of learning activities from animal fact files and education videos to word-searches and colouring pages. 

“We have such a strong education department at Drusillas, it seemed a shame to waste it just because we are on lockdown," says Deputy Managing Director Cassie Poland. "Learning about the animals and their environments, habitats and history is just as important as coming to visit them in the zoo.” 

Online learners can explore topics including animals, dinosaurs, rainforests and conservation on the Educational Activity pages. Then for fun down-time with an educational element, the Fun Activities For Children page features word-searches, word-scrambles, colouring pages and more. 

Alongside the online learning resources, Drusillas is keeping their visitors up to date with all the goings on behind the scenes at the zoo via social media. 

“We have a small team of dedicated zoo keepers working hard every day, and they have been incredible at taking photos and videos of the animals for us to share with the public," says Cassie. "If you follow us on Facebook or Instagram you can take a sneak peak at lockdown life at the zoo! The animals are all thriving and doing well, although they are definitely missing their visitors.”

Here's a Q&A session with the zoo's Animal Manager, Mark Kenward.


Drusillas Park
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Drusillas Park

Widely regarded as the best small zoo in Europe, the award-winning Drusillas Park in East Sussex offers a fun finding-out day out for all the family.