The perfect experience for all young animal enthusiasts!

This amazing experience is a perfect introduction to life working with animals for any child dreaming of becoming a vet, zoo keeper or wildlife ranger.

With expert tuition from the keepers, your child will step behind the scenes to meet some incredible animals and enjoy a ‘hands on’ lesson that they will treasure forever! The experience includes:

  • 2 hours spent with the animals and keepers
  • Whole day entry to Colchester Zoo for the child and a supervising adult
  • A personalised certificate and souvenir pack

If you’re a member of Children’s University, you can earn CU hours by participating in this experience.

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

Our Animal Experiences are not currently available to book online.

We are not currently taking any payments for experiences however if you would like to enquire you can do so by calling 01206 331292 ext 232 or 237. Alternatively you can purchase monetary vouchers here.

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:

Fledgling Keeper
£95.00 Age 6-9 yrs 1-2

Fledgling Keeper

Perfect for any young animal enthusiast to get involved behind the scenes!! (Ages 6-9) Afternoon Experience – 1.30pm –...

  • Armadillo
  • Reptiles
  • Wallabies
  • Horses/Donkeys
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Zoo Cadet
£95.00 Age 10-15 yrs 1-2 people

Zoo Cadet

Perfect for budding zoo keepers to get involved behind the scenes!! (Ages 10-15yrs) Morning Experience – 10.00am – 12.00pm...

  • Coati
  • Birds of Prey
  • Hyena/Mandrills
  • Cheetah
Find Out More

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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