Bristol Zoo Gardens and Wild Place Project

Rachel Topley
5th November 2018



Bristol Zoo Gardens and Wild Place Project love to engage visitors with the natural world. As a conservation charity we fund several international wildlife conservation projects.

We recognised the need for Makaton, both in our formal education sessions and when our rangers are speaking with guests in the zoo. Key members of staff have been trained to use Makaton, to help those with additional communication needs. We hope that this will mean our sites can be used more effectively and enhance our visitors experience.

LemurLast week Sarah Clark, Graphic Designer, and Rachel Topley, Education Officer at Bristol Zoo Gardens, erected the first Makaton signs at both of our sites.

At Bristol Zoo Gardens the blue and white signs carry symbols for a range of animal houses, including the Aquarium, Monkey Jungle, Reptile House, Twilight World and the Butterfly House. At Wild Place signs are situated at each of the animal exhibits. Each site also has signs which highlight services, such as toilets.

We will be implementing Phase 2 in the New Year, which will see us expanding our range of signs.

Education officer Rachel, said “It really helps improve a visit for people who use Makaton. When school groups and visitors come in, these signs will help people using Makaton feel more included, and hopefully will make the site easier to navigate and more inclusive."

We are very excited to find out how our new signage is received by Makaton users, and look forward to hearing any feedback. If you have any questions you can get in touch with the Education team at

Rachel has taken some pictures of the new signs and hopes that you can spot the animals in the background too!




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