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Keeper experiences

COVID19 Update

Thank you for supporting the zoo at this time, this means a great deal to us as providing care for our animals, whilst closed, incurs considerable costs. 

As the office is currently closed, we have set up an automated gift voucher for you to add the recipient's name and a personalised message to send directly to them.   When the office is able to reopen, we will send the confirmation pack to the recipient and it will ask them to book in their date.

Please note, that all our experiences, encounters, adoptions, tickets and memberships will have their validity extended to cover the closure period of the zoo.


Ever dreamt of being a Zoo Keeper? Make your dream a reality! Take part in one of our unique Zoo Keeper Experiences for animal lovers of all ages. A perfect gift for friends and family, or a special treat just for you!

Come and spend time with a qualified zoo keeper, and get stuck in with their daily routine. You’ll have a rare opportunity to get up close and hands-on with some of our amazing animals and see what happens behind the scenes.

We have a range of different experiences, so choose one which best suits you!

"My morning was absolutley perfect - I loved every minute of it" - Alicia, Elephants

"It was so interesting, and I loved all the animals" - Rowan, Big Zoo Animals

"Feeding the tigers was amazing" - Helen, Big Cats

The keeper experience packs are posted out with 2nd Class Royal Mail delivery. Please leave a minimum of  a minimum of 5 working days for processing and delivery. Whilst we aim to get your order out as soon as possible at busy times this can take longer. If your Gift is urgent, please call the office on 01275 852606 and speak to our friendly team.  

Elephant Experience

For once in a lifetime experience, spend the morning as an Elephant Keeper and meet our amazing African Elephants.

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Big Zoo Animals Experience

A truly hands on Zoo Keeper Experience working with White Rhinos, Giraffe and Grant's Zebra.

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Big Cat Experience

Get up close to our Bengal Tigers and African Lions in this daring Big Cat Keeper Experience!

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Junior Zoo Keeper Experience

A fantastic hands on animal experience for children to get up close with our Giraffe, Meerkats and more..

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Primates and Meerkat Experience

Go behind the scenes and meet our fascinating Siamang gibbons, Small Monkeys and Meerkats in this hands-on keeper experience.

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Bird of Prey Experience

An opportunity for bird lovers to go behind the scenes and get hands-on and up close with a variety of feathered friends. 

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Giraffe Encounter

Get up close and hands on with our Giraffe. 

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Bear Encounter

Get up close with our Spectacled Bears.  

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Giant Tortoise Encounter

Get up close and hands on with our Giant Tortoises

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Bird of Prey Encounter

Get up close with our feathered team. 

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