Keeper for the Day

Step into the boots of a zoo keeper for one amazing day that will take you closer to the animals than ever before!

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Experiences-Passholder-offerEscorted by our dedicated keepers, you will venture deep behind the scenes, learn new skills and find out just what it takes to care for some of the most incredible and endangered creatures on the planet!

With three experiences to choose from, there’s something for everyone! Find out what the different experience are below.

Package includes a day spent behind the scenes with the animals and their keepers, lunch, refreshments and costs just £195.00. Experiences run between 11.00 am and 3.45 pm, with a 1 hour lunch break. 

Also included is a souvenir pack which is given at the end of your day containing a number of items to remember your day plus a voucher for £10 off a Zoo Pass if you upgrade on the day of your experience!*

The experience is open to ages 14 and over. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult above the age of 18 and must also pay the full price and take part in the same experience the with person under 18 yrs. 

Booked your experience? Read our essential information page to find out what you need on the day!
*terms and conditions apply

This experience is for a maximum of 2 people, therefore it may be necessary to share some of the activities with another Keeper for the Day participant.

Please note that the Passholder offer is not valid in conjunction with any other offer. Further terms and conditions apply.

If you do not want to book for a specific date, or you are purchasing as a gift, then purchase a gift voucher! Find out more here.

Experience A

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  • Elephants
  • Tigers
  • Pygmy Hippos
  • Sun Bears
  • Anteaters

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Experience B

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  • Smooth Coated otters
  • Meerkats
  • Gelada Baboons
  • Lemurs
  • African Lion
  • Amur Leopards
  • Kingdom of the Wild (including Rhino & Giraffe)

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Experience C

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  • Sealions
  • Penguins
  • Monkey
  • Orangutans
  • Primates
  • Edge of Africa (including Cheetah & Hyena)

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Experience bookings for the next 48 hours can only be taken by phone on 01206 331292 ext 232 as we may already be fully booked.


"I would just like to thank ALL the staff who made my zoo keeper day an amazing and unforgettable experience...The whole experience was amazing from the moment I was signed in at the reception. I was then taken by Ben to the elephants which was truly fantastic, especially when I fed Tanya the elephant. I was then taken to meet Charlotte and Nicole who allowed me to walk Snuffles the ring tailed coati. I then held Pom Pim the skunk, this was followed by Charlotte introducing me to Chris where I handled and flew Inca the Hawk and Elm the Barn owl. I was nervous of the hawk but Chris was great at making me feel at ease and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. After lunch I was met by Bex who took me to the sun bears and ant eaters. Bex was so informative and when I was taken to the Ant eaters I fed them meal worms (something I never thought I would ever touch).

So again I would like to thank them all, they truly were amazing, so passionate about the animals they care for and a credit to Colchester Zoo. Each and every one were polite, friendly and extremely informative. I will definitely be back to do the other experiences, and I have already recommended this to all of my friends and family, and after seeing some of the pictures kindly taken by the staff I already have friends wanting to visit and do the same experience. Once again thank you so much.

Deborah Anderson, November 2015, Experience A



Opening times: 

9.30am – 5.00pm or dusk if earlier*

*Last admission 4.00pm

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