Animal Encounters Experience



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A special opportunity to get up close to the animals and capture unique photos. Unlike visiting your local zoo we take you into the enclosures and limited access areas to really enagage with, understand, and capture some amazing images of a range of animals (including Lemurs, Servals, meerkats, and a Grey Wolf). The evening is then spent in our custom built photographic hide where we await the arrival of and opportunity to photograph foxes, rabbits, badgers and some of the local bird life if we're fortunate enough too. Taking place at Hoo Zoo (near Telford).

On The Day

The day will be led led by a member of our Award Winning Academy Training Team. All of our Trainers are experienced photographers and have a broad knowledge of all cameras to ensure you get the best from the day. As well as this, a keeper from Hoo Zoo who will be able to assist with and answer any questions you may have on the animals throughout the day

We start the day with a trainer led briefing at our Wildlife hide, which includes photographic principles, controls, and composition. From here we move on to visit the outdoor enclosures where attendees have the opportunity to feed, hold and of course photograph the various creatures. As the sun begins to lower we head to the wildlife hide to spend an atmospheric evening awaiting foxes, rabbits, birds and more, and the opportunity to capture some much sought after images.

Agenda:(Timings are approximate)
12:00 - Welcome, Introductions and Photographic briefing
13:00 - Outdoor animal encounters (Meerkats, lemurs, wolves, foxes, Serval and more)
16:00 - Break / free time to roam Hoo Farm
17:00 - Wildlife Hide Session
19:00 - End of day

Our expert tutor will be on hand throughout to support and guide you through all your camera controls and settings relevant for the day. Some knowledge of Aperture, Shutter and ISO is advisable, but not essential.
On the day you will need your camera, fully charged batteries including spares if you have them, memory cards and lenses that offer a variety of focal lengths (mid range focal lengths for the enclosure encounters and long range lenses for the badgers). It is advisable to bring waterproof clothing and protective footwear as this is an outdoor event and some of the ground areas are uneven.

Recommended Equipment

Equiment Required: Advanced Compact
Advanced Compact
Equiment Required: Batteries
Equiment Required: Bridge Camera
Bridge Camera
Equiment Required: DSLR
Equiment Required: Macro Lens
Macro Lens
Equiment Required: Memory Cards
Memory Cards
Equiment Required: Mirrorless Camera
Mirrorless Camera
Equiment Required: Outdoor Clothing
Outdoor Clothing
Equiment Required: Telephoto Lens
Telephoto Lens
Equiment Required: Walking Shoes
Walking Shoes


Course venue

Hoo Farm,
Preston on the Weald Moors,

Available dates

25th April 2024
9th June 2024
18th August 2024
18th May 2024
14th September 2024
6th October 2024

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