If your students are aged between 15-17 years old and want to pursue a career working with animals, this week long Ranger Academy course is for them! The course provides a perfect mix of both theory and practical hands on learning. Limited spaces available, contact us today!


The YWP Ranger academy is aimed at those who are wishing to pursue a career with animals. This course has been specially written for students aged between 15-17 years of age. Students who wish to work within the animal industry as vets, vet nurses, animal keepers or complete further animal based studies will all benefit from this exciting new course.

The course will run Monday to Friday, 10.00am until 4.00pm, with the exception of two early starts at 9am, and will provide both practical and theory experience within an award winning animal collection. The course will not only give you a realistic insight into working within the animal industry, it will also enhance your CV.

We only offer places to a maximum of 10 students per course, so you can be assured you are part of something special!

  • Ranger Academy
  • Ranger Academy

The course involves both theory and practical hands on sessions. The theory sessions will cover a range of animal related subjects, as well as hours of practical experience, including working on all the YWP animal sections; hoof stock, primates & presentations and carnivores.

The course is run by the YWP education team, who will support students at all times during the week. They will also benefit from the opportunity of working with our animal rangers who will share their expertise with the students during the week. Students will work with the education team to ensure that they complete an evidence based portfolio of their work, which will include a scientific research project. On completion of the course all students will be awarded a certificate, a photo library which will document their time on the course and a reference statement, which will be presented at a graduation ceremony.

Each week long academy course costs £375 per person. This price includes a YWP Ranger Academy t-shirt and a discount card for the Safari Store and catering outlets, which can be used on course days.

The cost also includes an invitation which can be used by parents/guardians on the last day of the course to attend the graduation ceremony. The cost also includes all supporting course resources. If applications are successful, then payment will secure the place. Refunds will not be given, apart from in extreme circumstances, but a place on alternative date will be arranged.

There is one funded scholarship place available in 2020 for Doncaster students only. Funded scholarship places enable YWP to support the local area and ensure that the course is accessible to all. This place must be supported by a member of teaching staff and you must also have parental consent. Application for these places will need to be made via an imaginative 2 minute video which will highlight why YWP should choose you! This is your chance to be creative and grab our attention. The course application form will also need to be completed.

Ranger Academy 2021:
26th – 30th July
9th – 13th August
23rd – 27tth August
25th – 29th October

“The course has made me more determined to achieve my career goals of working in conservation and education.” Josh Saxton
“Thank you so much for an unforgettable week. Jade and Natalie have been amazing teachers, making me feel relaxed and comfortable all week. I will miss this experience.”Jamie Holliday
“You’ve exceeded everything I need to know and more!”Molly Rice


Contact our Education team on 01302535057 or email education@yorkshirewildlifepark.com for more information!