Camera traps are brilliant tools for monitoring wildlife.
Discover wildlife on school grounds using our award-winning Camera Trap Loan Scheme.

Schools get:

  • One full-term long loan of a camera trap to capture footage of local wildlife
  • Full instructions for the operation of the camera trap
  • Check-in email and support throughout the loan
  • Teacher pack of cross-curricular activities to investigate the wildlife you spot
  • Certificate of Participation
  • Participation stickers for your class (max 30 stickers)

At the end of the loan period, your pupils will have followed the wildlife monitoring process from start to finish and learned valuable skills that real conservationists use to monitor and protect wildlife.

If you have a school group who would like to get involved, please contact for more information.


A camera trap loan will cost £40 for the period of one full-term. A second camera trap can be borrowed at the additional cost of £25. Two different camera traps can provide students the opportunity to run experiements or compare set-up and locations between the two traps. Please email us ( for more information about this opportunity and to check availability.

Delivery or Collection

Camera traps can be collected from Colchester Zoo at no additional cost.

Alternatively, camera traps can be posted to your school (Mainland UK Delivery, excluding Islands and Highlands). Due to the expensive of the equipment, this postage will be sent via Royal Mail secure signed delivery at a charge of £10 per camera trap for posting to your school. Schools will then be responsible for organising and paying for return postage themselves (using the provided box and packaging).

Payment Methods

Payment is made by invoice which will be sent to you via email after you have booked a loan. Please note, this must be paid before collection or postage from the zoo.

Curriculumn Links

Camera traps, and the provided cross-curricular activities, can provide a valuable tool to enhance your students’ learning and meet curriculumn links.

Click for Primary Science National Curriculum links

Risk Assessments

Colchester Zoo provides a risk assessment guidance sheet with general outlines of potential risks and controls identified (click here for our camera trapping risk assessment).

Camera Traps at Colchester Zoo

UmPhafa Private Nature Reserve rangers use camera traps to observe wildlife living on the reserve. Using camera traps, the UmPhafa team discovered leopards living on the reserve – a fantastic find! Once we know what wildlife is living in these areas, we can ensure that we protect and conserve them.

In Colchester Zoo’s Nature Area, there have been sightings of foxes, deer, badgers and small rodents, but camera traps also captured footage of an otter near the stream! Otters were previously classified as rare in England, so knowing that they are active on zoo grounds means we are home to a very special animal.

This loan scheme has been made possible through a grant from Suffolk University

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