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Get in touch with your senses with our Senses & Textures Animal Therapy Session.

Senses and Textures hero image featuring children using their senses, surrounded by exotic animals
An old bald man with a moustache and a yellow jumper smiling
Bearded dragon

ZooLab Animal Therapy Sessions are a useful tool to promote mental wellbeing and can be used in a wide range of settings including care homes, children's hospices, prisons and pupil referral units, exam stress busters and staff wellbeing sessions. 


Animal assisted therapy is recognised as an occupational therapy within psychology suggesting animals bring people together. Our presenting team find working in this area very rewarding - they can see the positive impact these encounters can have, making people's lives better. They are skilled at pitching the session to each audience which gives every ZooLab session a personal touch.

Residential & Dementia Care Homes

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Animal Therapy In Action

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'Becoming a dementia friend has encouraged me to ask the residents questions about the animals to draw on their past experiences. Cognitive stimulation is important for people with dementia'

Georgie Jeffries, ZooLab Senior Presenter

ZooLab Ranger, Georgie
White's tree frog
Chilean rose tarantula



Animal Mix

During this fun and informative session, participants will get Introduced to 6 members of the ZooLab animal team. It is fun, informative and full of animal facts. Get ready to be amazed, educated and inspired by our creepy crawlies as we bring the rainforest to you!


Journey Through The Rainforest

Residents go on a journey through the rainforest - with real rainforest animals and a presenter who knows the rainforest inside out! It’s all about experiencing the drama of the rainforest - from the dark forest floor to the dizzy heights of the emergent layer!


Senses and Textures

Our most popular animal therapy session! Having a ZooLab animal therapy creates a ‘real buzz’, with plenty of personal interaction and everyone getting a chance to handle and learn more about animals that range from tree frogs to snakes to giant millipedes and African land snails. It is a great chance to hear tales of animal behaviour, discover new things and interact with a real animal expert and their animals.


Animal Armchair Aerobics

Animal Armchair Aerobics encourages gentle exercise from the comfort of your chair with ZooLab animals! Guided by your ZooLab Ranger and host of ZooLab animals, this workshop stimulates activity through animal-inspired chair-based movement. Residents will also learn interesting modern and historical facts about the animals they meet!



Residents get a fun introduction to invertebrates and classification. They get to question, investigate and learn about scientific discovery. This workshop answers all the big questions such as - What do minibeasts have inside them? Are there any similarities between our bodies and theirs? 


Animal Record Breakers

For some it takes grit and determination to become a record breaker; and for others they’re oblivious! ZooLab’s Animal Record Breakers session features some of the best runners, jumpers and weightlifters on the planet! Let’s look at some of the phenomenal feats of nature that put them into the book of the best!


Myths and Legends

All over the world there are extraordinary parables and fables about animals. Is there any truth in these ancient myths and legends? Or are they fictitious products of vivid imaginations? Join ZooLab as we explore some of the most amazing myths and legends from around the world - legends that may hold truths that can unlock the secrets of our amazing ZooLab animals.

Seasonal Story Workshops


Creepy Crawly Halloween Workshop

In Person: 60 Mins

Digital: 30 - 45 Mins 

ZooLab presents this spook-tacular Halloween workshop! All Hallows' Eve has never been creepier or crawl-ier as your residents get to meet some of our amazing animals. The spookiness doesn't end there - why not cast a spell with your ZooLab Ranger who will be dressed up a witch or wizard. Witch, please!


Zola the Kind-hearted Elf

In Person: 60 Mins

Digital: 30 - 45 Mins 

Join Zola the Elf on a wonderful Christmas adventure as we help her deliver presents to children all over the world. From Africa, to India and through America via Australia, we encounter a variety of fascinating creatures along  the way! This is a special, festive workshop that focuses on the themes of selflessness, kindness, friendship and fun. As always, our presenters will attend in full festive costume!

Have bed-bound residents?

Ask Our Walkabout sessions where we visit residents with restricted movement

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