Giant Tortoise Encounter

Get up close and hands on with our group of seven Giant Aldabran Tortoises.

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 an email to the recipient to 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.

 A girl ists next to and feeds a giant tortoise a carrot

Spend 20 minutes behind the scenes with our keepers and the Giant Tortoises, learning about their personalities.

This is your chance to feed a giant and learn about how they live in the wild. You can even get the chance to give them a scratch.

Who is it for?

The encounter can be booked for up to 4 people but all individuals must be aged 6 or over (children under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult). All accompanying adults must also pay for the encounter.Due to health and safety reasons children under the age of 6  including infants are not permitted behind the scenes with giant tortoises. 

When is it available?

Monday - Saturday at 11.30am (booked in advance over the phone or online) or 2pm (booked on the day before 1pm at the ticket office) for 20 minutes behind the scenes.

Please ensure you arrive at the zoo at least 15 minutes before your encounter begins. 

What does the encounter cost?

£30* per participant or £50 for 2 people (discount automatically applied at checkout one discount per transaction)

*Please note this price does not include zoo entry.


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