Conservation Hero 2016

We are looking for CONSERVATION HEROES here at the National Reptile Zoo!

Our environment is one of the most important things around us. Conservation of this environment is vital and we all must play our part in helping to conserve our natural world. Here at the National Reptile Zoo conservation is key and we want to know how the young people of Ireland are playing a role in conservation NOW. We are looking for Conservation Heroes!

Junior Conservation Heros

Who are the Heroes we are looking for?

We are looking for primary and secondary school children. We want you to show us how you are playing a part in conservation in your daily lives!

What does it take to be a Hero?

You may already be a Conservation Hero and not even realise!!! The simplest act can help in conservation. Turning off a light when you’re not in the room, unplugging a phone charger when you’re not using it, recycling, composting, the list goes on!

How can I show that I’m a Hero?

EASY! We are looking for students to show us how they are making a positive change to the environment in their day to day lives. This can be shown in so many ways!!! Collages, poster designs, creative writing pieces, pictures, home made videos… any way you can think to show us that you are doing something positive and helping the environment – we would LOVE to see it! Remember – the more imaginative it is then the more likely it is to catch our eye!

A Hero’s reward!!!

For individual entries, regional finalists will be selected from each county and they will get to be a keeper for a day here in the National Reptile Zoo. You’ll get the chance to get hands on and up close with our scaly residents! Class or group entries will be in with a chance to get a FREE “Zoo to You” experience for the class/school! This is where we bring our reptile residents right into the classroom for some hands on experience!


To apply send your entries to – with CONSERVATION HERO in the subject title or post us your entry to the zoo at…

The National Reptile Zoo
Demesne Road,
Co. Kilkenny

You can also download the entry form here to get your Conservation Hero pack sent to you.

Make sure to check out just some of the great entries below from 2015 and click here to check out what the winners from last year had to say!

Entries will be accepted from September 1st 2015 until March 16th 2016.

Please ensure that all entries have the following;

Name/School/Contact Number/Email of parent/guardian. All chosen winners must be available to attend The National Reptile Zoo on a specified date for the “Keeper for a Day” prize. All chosen winners must be accompanied by a person over 16 years old while in the zoo.

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