“Bringing knowledge to life”

On having completed the Junior Nature Conservators course, children are invited to join the ZooClub. This is a life science club which offers a variety of activities and projects to create a better understanding of nature and the environment as well as exposing members to career choices.

Application forms are made available with the Junior Nature Conservators certificate. This club is a lot of fun and edutainment, e.g.:

  • Visit SciBono Science Centre in Johannesburg as well as the SciEnza Science Centre at the University of Pretoria
  • Explore the Ditsong Museum of Natural History at night
  • Assist our conservation staff to care for the Zoo’s animals
  • Participate in the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists as well as other competitions such as the WESSA National Environmental Quiz as well as the Bushveld Mosaic event at Pilanesberg Nature Reserve
  • Receive support for the maths and science school curriculum
  • Participate in international events such as World Rhino Day, International Vulture Day or African Penguin Awareness Day
  • Various other exciting events!

View the ZooClub Programmes |


blue blooded creatures

Unlike mammals, spiders, snails and octopi have blue blood. This is because the hemocyanin molecule that oxygen is bound to in these animals contains copper, which gives their blood the blue colour