EXTRA-Ordinary Animal Experience

Book the Extraordinary Animal Experience for a day like no other...

The Extraordinary Animal Experience package is the perfect way to enjoy close up animal experiences that the whole family can enjoy.

VIP offer

Book and pay for your Extraordinary animal experience by the 31st March 2017 and you’ll receive the 5th person free!* Find out more about this offer here. *T&Cs apply

Whether you are celebrating a special occasion, an outing with friends, a corporate away day, a hen party with a difference or just simply treating the kids, this V.I.P experience is the complete package!

meerkats experience

Package is for 5 people and includes;
• Close up contact with amazing species!
• Exclusive access behind the scenes
• Experienced tour guide
• Priority entry into the zoo
• Cooked breakfast, premier 2 course lunch and afternoon refreshments!
• Individual memorabilia bags
• VIP parking

£160 per person 
Additional guests can be accommodated at an extra cost up to a maximum of 10 people.

Guided by an experienced host, you will be taken on the adventure of a lifetime. Exploring the very heart of Colchester Zoo, you will stop off to meet and feed a whole spectrum of amazing animals including elephants, giraffes, tigers, sealions, meerkats, lemurs, orangutans, penguins, rhinos, otters, aardvarks and more.

Your souvenir goody bags contain a number of items to remember your day plus a voucher for £15 off a Zoo Pass if you upgrade on the day of your experience!*

*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.

If you have any special requirements please contact us by e-mail at experiences@colchesterzoo.org (A minimum charge of £640 applies for this experience.)

Please read terms and conditions before you book and our essential information page.

To book

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



''We would like to pass on our sincere thanks for the Experience we had on the 25th March.  The whole day was made truly memorable by your team of people.  We would like to pass on a special thank you to our host for the day LISA.   

Lisa was attentive to all our needs and requests and made the day feel relaxed, unhurried and special.  Lisa ensured our visits to the various animals was informative and truly special.  Indeed we would also like to pass on our thanks to the keepers of the Lima’s, Penguins’, Sea lions, Elephants, Orang-utans, who all did a tremendous job also explaining the animals needs, habitats etc to us. 

A final mention and thanks should go to Lynn who attended us for Breakfast, Lunch and afternoon tea.  Lynn also did a tremendous job attending to any request and nothing was too much trouble for her.  Another great asset to your team.

Overall the experience was extremely, informative, memorable and special.

Thank you to all your team and a special thank you to all the people mentioned above.''

Steve Haynes, March 2016

"Thank you all very much for the day, our host Kelly was amazing. I am a true zoo fan and go often so when she spoke about the animals she gave a huge amount of information that I wouldn't of known. She was very friendly and informative which put every member of my family at ease.

All keepers that we met were friendly and showed just how much they loved the animals they were looking after, I even got to see Milan the sealion who I have adopted which was lovely.

Me and my family couldn't of asked for a better day and now we have some fantastic photos to look back on ... most which Kelly took for us!

I also want to inform you of how lovely and well looked after we were during our meal times.
Once again thankyou."

Jess Monro, February 2016




Opening times: 

9.30am – 5.00pm or dusk if earlier*

*Last admission 4.00pm

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