Animal Experiences

Colchester Zoo’s Animal Experiences offer the unique opportunity to get closer to our animals and learn more about them from our Animal Care Team!

Find out more about each available experience by clicking on the options below:

Important Information BEFORE YOU BOOK

We want everyone to have the opportunity to take part in fantastic animal experiences and will do all we can to make that possible.
 
However, we do need your understanding that in some situations, and depending upon the specific needs of the guest, the species of animal and the accessibility of the animal exhibit, it may not be possible to make reasonable adjustments. If we are unable to provide a safe and enjoyable experience with the species you would prefer, we may be able to suggest alternatives.
 
To ensure smooth and safe experiences we ask you to contact us BEFORE booking so we can plan with you. This is important because if you do not let us know your needs prior to booking and then arrive for the experience we may have to decline your visit if we assess that it is unsafe for you, our staff or animals. We want to avoid that disappointment for everyone concerned, not least because experiences, once booked, cannot be refunded.
 
If you, or someone you support has specific needs and their need for assistance can be verified then please
email Customer Engagement to discuss what may be possible for each of the experiences.

Keeper for the Day
£210 per person 14+ yrs 1 - 2 people

Keeper for the Day

Step into the boots of a member of the Animal Care Team in one of our three exciting options...

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Keeper Shadowing
£85 per person 8+ yrs 1 - 2 people

Keeper Shadowing

Get closer to the animals with a Keeper Shadowing Experience! This is the perfect experience for anyone who is...

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Kids Zoo Academy
£95 - £110 per child 6 -15 yrs Varies per experience

Kids Zoo Academy

The perfect experience for all young animal enthusiasts! These amazing experiences are the perfect introduction to life working with animals...

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EXTRA-Ordinary Experience
£700 (Full Day) 1+ yrs 4 people minimum

EXTRA-Ordinary Experience

Book an Extra-ordinary Experience for a day like no other… Be VIPs as you are guided by an experienced host...

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Reindeer Experience
£20 1+ yrs 1 - 5 people

Reindeer Experience

Santa’s reindeers have returned to Colchester Zoo! Get closer to our festive friends with their long, sweeping antlers and...

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Team Building
From £45.00* (Half Day) 14+ yrs 8 people minimum

Team Building

Colchester Zoo provides a unique location for your next team building event that is sure to challenge, stimulate, reward and boost your...

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Hen Parties
£79.95 per person 10+ yrs 8 people minimum

Hen Parties

Looking for a unique way to celebrate your final fling before the ring?  Explore LOVE in the animal kingdom...

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