Keeper Shadowing

Get closer to the animals with keeper shadowing!

This is the perfect experience for anyone who is passionate about a particular animal

Offering you the chance to enjoy a personal, extraordinary experience with your favourite animal, this makes a great gift for a loved one or simply a treat for yourself.

PRICE: £85.00

  • A half hour close up experience with your chosen animal and keeper
  • Full day entry into Colchester Zoo
  • Refreshment voucher
  • Souvenir pack
  • Just £60 for a second person to do the experience with you!

Each experience lasts for approx half an hour but you will have access to Colchester Zoo from 9.30am as the Zoo opens right up until the end of the day. Your souvenir pack is given at the end of your experience containing a number of items to remember your day!

NB Only open to aged 10 years and over. Anyone between the age of 10 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult during the experience who will go behind the scenes with them and must accompany them throughout the rest of their visit, under 10s may not take part in this experience.  The supervising adult must pay admission. For a reduced entry rate we recommend purchasing an E-ticket online in advance for a discounted rate to those sold at the gate on the day. Click here to book now.

Please note that weekend dates for the Sloth Keeper Shadowing experience are fully booked until November 2019, limited weekdays are still available. Bookings are on a first come first served basis, we advise those with gift vouchers wishing to participate in this experience book their date as soon as possible. 

Choose from the following Keeper Shadowing experiences;

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Please check availability at Experience Reception if you are visiting as it MAY be possible to book you in on the day. The package you receive will be the same but will not include your admission.

We advise booking your experience as early as possible due to high demand.

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

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


"My daughter had a lemur experience. (I watched from footbridge but Daddy went in with her) the keeper was really nice and answered lots of questions about the animals and her job. My daughter had an amazing time with the lemurs. We enjoyed the rest of the zoo and the many hands on opportunities. The whole day was faultless except one issue with purchases from gift shop which was quickly resolved by the zoo team even though i didn't realise until after we had left zoo. What fantastic customer service."

Kelly, May 2018, Lemur Shadow


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

For more information please contact our Experiences Reception!
Telephone: 01206 331292 ext. 232 or 237
Email: experiences@colchesterzoo.org


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.


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Last admission to zoo grounds at 3.30pm

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