Conservation is about protecting wildlife and their habitats and connecting communities with nature. This is really important work, as all living things have a role to play within the environment. A healthy environment benefits all of us, socially and economically.

Many of the animals you see at Knowsley Safari are part of breeding programmes. However, the work we do extends beyond breeding exotic species. We’re connected to communities around the world that are on the ground, monitoring wildlife and protecting habitats.

Our dedicated team share their passion with people from all walks of life, to inspire and empower them to support the preservation of natural habitats.


Our Learning & Discovery team work with young people from around the region, inspiring excitement and passion for animals and their habitats, through both our school programmes and also our fantastic kids clubs and Knowsley Academy.


Through partnership with universities and non-government organisations, we are encouraging the next generation of explorers to help further our knowledge and understanding of the animals in our care, as well as those in the wild along with their habitats.


We belong to a number of UK, European and international organisations, including the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA), the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA), and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA). We carefully plan our animal collection and work alongside other zoological collections to fulfill the aims of the European Endangered species Programmes (EEPs) and the European StudBooks (ESBs).

We work with a number of projects both here on safari, across the UK and globally to preserve natural habitats and the species that live within them.

We’ve partnered with some important organisations carrying out important work together with not only animals, but communities across the world.

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We offer a range of opportunities for external researchers to conduct research at Knowsley Safari, with support from our staff. We have experience supporting projects for undergraduate students, Masters Students, sandwich year placements, PhD candidates, post-doctorates, research fellows and researchers from other zoos and institutions.

All projects must be compatible with our Research Policy.

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If you are working towards an animal based degree, our 44 week Student Placement is designed to offer you an education in the practical aspects of an Animal Keeper role within an outstanding Safari Park, surrounded by experienced keepers who are more than happy to pass on their skills and knowledge.

We offer you first-hand experience within the Safari/Zoo community with plenty of support, training and development of you as an individual.

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We are strongly committed to the principles of conservation and sustainability. As both a zoological park and a visitor attraction, we recognise that our own operations and actions of our guests have an impact on the environment.

Our aim is to reduce this impact as much as we can, and our Green Team has been specially set up to drive sustainability and awareness.

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If you have any questions about our conservation and research projects please contact us and we’ll do our best to answer query.

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Choose from one of our great experience days to find a really wild gift.

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Our membership is fantastic value for money – it pays for itself within 3 visits!

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