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

Escorted by our dedicated keepers, you will venture behind the scenes and find out just what it takes to care for some of the most incredible and endangered creatures on the planet!

Each package includes:
  • Spend the day behind the scenes with the animals and their keepers.
  • A voucher for your 1 hour lunch at Penguini’s Pizza & Pasta restaurant.
  • A souvenir pack to remember your special day
  • Complimentary entry to the zoo for the whole day

Open to guests 14 years and over. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult 18yrs or over who must also pay the full price and take part in the same experience.

Price: £210.00 per person.

Please read the terms and conditions and essential information before making your booking.

If you do not want to book for a specific date, or would like to purchase this as a Gift Voucher please click here.

Passholders SAVE up to £25!

Call the experience Reception with the valid passholders ID to make your booking. The discounts is not available online.

Choose from the below experiences:

Experience A
£210 14+ Years 1-2 people

Experience A

Step into the boots of a keeper! Bursting with big personalities, this experience includes the mighty African elephant! You’ll...

  • Elephants
  • Komodo Dragons
  • Stringrays
  • Cheetah
  • Hyena
  • Mandrill
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Experience B
£210 14+ Years 1-2 people

Experience B

Get closer than ever before! Embark on a journey around Colchester Zoo and be introduced to a host of...

  • Meerkats
  • Gelada Baboons
  • Otters
  • Lemurs
  • Anteaters
  • Sun bears
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Experience C
£210 14+ Years 1-2 people

Experience C

Your chance to go behind the scenes! Travel around the zoo with our dedicated keepers to meet animals from...

  • Sealions
  • Penguins
  • Amur Tigers
  • Pygmy Hippos
  • Giraffe
  • Red River Hogs
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I was a Zoo Keeper for the day today and it was brilliant! Thank you to Kirsty, Britney and Helen for giving me a day to remember and to other staff I met who were very friendly and welcoming. At the end of the day I was given a lovely goodie bag full of lovely things from Guest Services. Next time I visit this lovely zoo (using my annual gold card) I will do so with a lot more understanding of both the animals I met and of how the staff take such good care of them. - Gill February 2019

We have just been Keeper for the day and it was amazing. The staff have been there years and know everything about their animals they look after and see how much they care. They are well looked after and it was great to see what goes on behind the scenes and to be part of the experience was awesome. - Kelly January 2019

"My husband and I visited the zoo yesterday and were zoo keepers for the day, it was one of the best things we have done and couldn’t have had a better time. The keepers who escorted us to various parts of the zoo were amazing, so helpful and knowledgeable. Their love and pride in the animals shone through, and we honestly didn’t want to leave, we would definitely recommend this experience to anyone. And a big thank you to the lady in the experience office, who gave us some good advice when we rang to say that we were stuck in traffic, without her help we probably wouldn’t have made it in time" - Carol, May 2018

Please read the terms and conditions and essential information before making your booking.


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.

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.

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