Get closer to the animals with a keeper shadowing experience!

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 private 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!

Interested in booking for two? Add a second person to your experience for only an extra £60!

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

NB Only open to participants aged 8 years and over. Anyone between the age of 8 – 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 8s 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 compared to those sold at the gate on the day.

Please note that our Giraffe experience and Komodo Dragon experiences are available for those aged 10 and over ONLY.

Passholders SAVE up to £25!

Call the Experience Reception with your valid Passholder ID to make your booking. The discount is not available online.

Choose from the below experiences:

Komodo Dragons Experience
£85.00 10+ years 1-2 people

Komodo Dragons Experience

You will be taken behind the scenes of this state of the art enclosure where the keepers will talk...

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Aardvark Experience
£85.00 8+ years 1-2 people

Aardvark Experience

Join the Aardvarks in their burrow for an up close encounter. These nocturnal African animals may be snoozing, but...

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Amur Tiger
£85.00 8+ years 1-2

Amur Tiger

The largest of the big cat family will truly amaze you during this face to face encounter. This encounter...

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Giant Tortoise Experience
£85.00 8+ years 1-2

Giant Tortoise Experience

Step back in time and meet these prehistoric giants. Meeting two of the largest species found in the world,...

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Giraffe Experience
£85.00 10+ years 1-2

Giraffe Experience

Come and meet our tallest residents at the zoo. These animals truly stand head and shoulders above the rest...

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Lemur Experience
£85.00 8+ years 1-2

Lemur Experience

This excitable bunch will make your encounter a ‘conspiracy’ to remember. The lemurs are always on the move, leaping...

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Mandrill Experience
£85.00 8+ years 1-2

Mandrill Experience

Come and meet our colourful ‘troop’ of mandrill monkeys. This group is full of mischief and will leave a...

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Meerkat Experience
£85.00 8+ years 1-2

Meerkat Experience

Scurrying around, foraging or standing on sentry duty, they will be sure to captivate you. Did you know? Meerkat clans,...

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Penguin Experience
£85.00 8+ years 1-2

Penguin Experience

Meet the waddling penguins and become part of their ‘huddle’. Their big personalities and social dynamic will leave you...

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Spotted Hyena Experience
£85.00 8+ years 1-2

Spotted Hyena Experience

This is no ‘laughing’ matter!  Colchester Zoo is the only zoo in the UK where you can meet spotted...

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White Rhino Experience
£85.00 8+ years 1-2

White Rhino Experience

Come and be introduced to our ‘Crash’ of Rhinos. These gentle giants have enormous personalities that you are bound...

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

PLEASE ALLOW AT LEAST 48 HOURS FOR PROCESSING OF ONLINE APPLICATIONS & CONFIRMATION, BEFORE YOU WISH TO VISIT.

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.

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

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