School Visits Al Ain Zoo

Discover a new and unique way of learning: Al Ain Zoo provides opportunities to learn and gain information through a variety of programs and activities, all different from the usual school environment.

Our educational programs are designed to enrich the outcomes of the educational curricula for different educational levels.



These tours are offered to students from kindergarten to 12th grade and are led by one of the Zoo’s education program section staff who take students on an educational, exploratory trip around the Zoo.

  • Maximum of 60 students per instructional guide (the number may vary according to guidelines for the COVID-19 pandemic). 
  • guidelines for the COVID-19 pandemic).
  • Tour fees: AED 31.50 per student, including tax. With every ten students, one teacher is allowed to enter the package. The entrance fee of AED 31.50, including VAT, must be paid for each additional teacher.
  • One teacher/supervisor goes to the ticket office to pay, preferably with the amount ready to speed up the payment process.
  • Students of Determination are allowed to enter with one carer/assistant free of charge if the ID of the assistant is presented.
  • The educational section guide welcomes students at the gate and takes them on a  tour that lasts between one and two hours.
  • This tour will include a train tour of approximately ten minutes, an interactive activity with animals (in proportion to the age group), a visit to some of the park's facilities, and finally an educational program to be selected from the booklet.
  • Tour includes permission to be present in all public areas of the zoo, including picnic and play areas.




Zoo tours are offered to students from kindergarten to grade 12. The tours of the Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre are offered for students from grade 3.  A self-guided tour is a tour on which school staff and supervisors are responsible for planning an exciting and enjoyable educational trip for their students in the park or Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre, including the park facilities. 


  • The number of students is open (the number may vary according to the COVID-19 pandemic).
  • Tour fees are AED 10.50 (including tax) per student. With every 10 students, one free admission is allowed for a teacher/assistant.
  • The teaching staff is responsible for planning and supervising students during this tour.
  • Self-guided tours of the Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre are offered to students from grade 3 to grade 12.
  • Includes permission to be present in all public areas of the zoo, including picnic and play areas.
  • Students can enjoy the bird show during its season without any additional fees.
  • Students can attend interactive activities with animals according to the schedule that will be sent to organizers by the reservations officer when a booking is made.

Early Childhood Programmes



1- Farm animals

In this program, students will have a great time meeting their favorite farm animals, learning their names, and discovering what they eat.


2-Animals around us

Animals come in many shapes and sizes, inhabit different places, and live in different ways. In this program, the students will understand that they share their environment with many other animals and will be able to identify many of them.


Kindergarten Programmes


1- Animal habitats

Plants and animals are specially adapted to survive in a particular habitat. In this program, students learn what a habitat is and will also learn how to identify specific types of habitats and their related characteristics.


2- Farm & Wild animals

There are differences between farm and wild animals. In this program, students will learn through animal encounters, finding out more about these differences and the benefits that humans get from farm animals.

more about these differences and the benefit that humans get from farm animals, through animal encounters.


3- Body Coverings

Different kinds of animals have different body coverings, like fur, feathers, hair, skin, or scales. In this program, students will investigate and make observations using their sense of touch and they will be able to identify the different body coverings animals have and identify examples of animals with each different type of body covering. 


Grade 1 to Grade 5 Programmes


1 - Animal habitats:

Plants and animals are specially adapted to survive in a particular habitat. In this program, students will learn what a habitat is and will also learn to identify specific types of habitats and their related characteristics. They will learn to recognize different plants and animals as being indigenous to specific habitats.



2 - Animal & Plant Life Cycles:

A life cycle is a defined sequence of changes, from birth to maturity to death, of a living organism. During an animal or plant’s life cycle, it goes through a series of orderly and identifiable changes. In this program, students will define what a life cycle is and compare different types of lifecycle through interactive activities.


3 - Living & non-living

Our world is made up of living and non-living things. Living things have characteristics that non-living things do not have. Students will observe the living and non-living things and articulate ideas about what characteristics they have. 


4 - Classifications

Animals are divided into several species and each one has its own unique features that differentiate them from others. Through this interactive program, students are given the opportunity to have a deep understanding of each group in a species and they will also get the chance to meet some of them during an interactive educational tour.


5 - Animals and their Teeth


Animal skulls can tell us many things about creatures and how they survive in their natural environment. In this program, students will learn to identify whether an animal is a herbivore, carnivore, or omnivore by examining the teeth of animal skulls. 


6 - Adaptation

Animals come in all different shapes, sizes, and colors. These differences make each species or individual member of a species specially adapted for success in a different habitat or place within the habitat. Students will learn how different animals have developed structural and behavioral adaptations in order to survive.


Grade 6 to 9 Programmes


1 - Hippo Touch Table

Are you ready to meet one of nature’s most powerful animals? Do you want to know why they spend most of their day in rivers and lakes? In this program, students will learn about the hippo’s features through various interactive activities.


2 - Animal Senses

The five senses help us interpret the world around us. They allow us and animals to see, feel, hear, taste, and smell, and transfer the meanings of those senses to the brain, which allows us to react to stimuli. In this program, students will learn how animals use their senses to survive. 


3 - Zoos & Conservation

Zoos play an important role in the worldwide effort to conserve nature. Students will understand that zoos are more than just ‘animal exhibits’ - they will learn that endangered species can be found in every plant and animal group on the planet and in every ecosystem throughout the world.


4 - Biodiversity

Biodiversity is the foundation of healthy, functioning ecosystems upon which all life depends. In this program, students will learn the meaning of biodiversity, why it is important, and how it is impacted by human behavior, finally encouraging them to prepare, preserve, protect, and repair our planet’s biodiversity. 

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