Keeper for the day
Our range of Keeper for the Day experiences give you a once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with some of our most popular residents.
We offer four different Keeper for the Day packages to suit all ages and abilities - whether you're joining us for full Keeper for the Day, Half Day Keeper Experience, Junior Keeper Experience or an Assisted Keeper Experience. Each experience will be exclusive to you and you will be working on a one-to-one basis with our keepers, however if you would like to share this experience with a friend you can book for two people.
Your experience package also includes entry to the zoo, a parking pass, guidebook, certificate, mug, key ring, pen, car sticker, badge pin and a voucher for 10% off in our gift shops.
“Being a zoo keper for the day was one of the most exciting, emotional and rewarding days of my life”
Susan, Keeper for the Day
Keeper for the Day - Full Day
9.30am to 3.30pm
During this intense and action packed day, you'll be working with keepers from every animal section and can expect to enjoy all or some of the following:
- Come face to trunk with a gentle giant in our Asian Elephant house
- Get fishy hand feeding penguins and pelicans
- Become acquainted with our oldest resident, Darwin the giant tortoise
- Meet a range of our large mammals
- Be amazed at our sea lion display before heading onto the beach to meet the stars themselves
- Mingle with monkeys and deliver lunch to the lemurs
Please be aware - Keeper for the Day does not include any activities with tigers, lions, orangutans or gorillas.
NEW! Half Day Experiences
Keeper Experience, Junior Keeper Experience (8-17 years) and Assisted Keeper Experience (for children and adults with a disability or additional needs)
9.15am to 12.15pm or 1.00pm to 4.00pm
Enjoy a busy half day shadowing our keepers and learn exactly what it takes to care for our animals.
- Muck in with the mucking out and get your hands dirty - don't worry, gloves will be provided
- Get up close and personal as you meet some of our friendlier residents
- It's feeding time at the zoo! Help our keepers prepare and hand deliver healthy lunches
- Let your creativity flow as you and our keepers come up with new and exciting enrichment ideas
Each experience is different and you could be working with - tortoises, giraffes, anteaters, tapirs, aardvarks, lemurs, lorikeets, spider monkeys, otters, farm animals, reindeer, pelicans or penguins. However, if you have a particular favourite, please let us know when you book and we will do our best to accommodate.
Please be aware - the half day experiences do not include any activities with tigers, lions, orangutans, gorillas, elephants or sealions.
After purchasing your vouchers, please call us to book a date for the experience. If you would like to bring a friend with you for the day, they can purchase an observer ticket for the special rate of £10. Please note, observers are not allowed to participate in any experiences and will not be allowed in any non-public areas.
Vouchers are valid for 12 months from date of purchase.
Alternatively, you can buy in person by visiting reception or by calling 01253 830801.
Because nature is unpredictable and the welfare of our animals is paramount, routines and itineraries may be adjusted without notice.