Camera traps are brilliant tools for monitoring wildlife.
Discover wildlife on school grounds and their local area using our Camera Trap Loan Scheme.

Schools get:

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

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-half term. A second camera trap can be borrowed at the additional cost of £25 and we will provide you with two different models of camera trap which will give students the chance to run experiments and design pitches to compare the two. Please email us for more information about this opportunity and to check availability.


Camera traps can be collected from Colchester Zoo at no additional cost. Alternatively, camera traps can be posted to the school via Royal Mail and return postage can be arranged – please not there is an additional cost of £5 for this method.

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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