Book an Extra-ordinary Experience for a day like no other…

Be VIPs as you are guided by an experienced host and taken on the adventure of a lifetime. Exploring the very heart of Colchester Zoo, you will stop off to see a whole variety of amazing animals!

As well as the ULTIMATE full day Extra-ordinary Animal Experience, we also offer a half day option both for the morning and afternoon.


FULL DAY EXPERIENCE
SAVE £175 – That’s one person participating for FREE!


WAS £700 for FOUR participants
(£175 per person)

NOW £525 for FOUR participants
(£131.25 per person)

HALF DAY EXPERIENCE
SAVE £95 – That’s one person participating for FREE!

WAS £380 for FOUR participants
(£95 per person)

NOW £285 for FOUR participants
(£71.25 per person)

Offer Terms and Conditions apply

This experience is not bookable online at the moment please call our Experiences team on 01206 331292 Ext. 462 or alternatively please email: experiences@colchesterzoo.org

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. 462 as we may already be fully booked.


Full Day Experience – 9:00am – 3:30pm

Morning Experience – 9:00am – 11:45am

Afternoon Experience – 12:00pm – 3:30pm
There is no age restriction for this experience, however participants under 18yrs must be accompanied by participating adults aged 18yrs or over.

PLEASE NOTE: Children under 8yrs are not able to take part in feeding the tigers.
Full Day Experience:
– Priority complimentary entry for the day
– Experienced host for the day
– Cooked breakfast, two-course lunch at Penguini’s Restaurant and afternoon refreshments!
– Exclusive access behind the scenes for the day
– Close up encounters with a variety of species
– Souvenir gift

Half Day Experience – MORNING:
– Priority complimentary entry for the day
– Experienced host for the morning
– A cooked breakfast
– Exclusive access behind the scenes for the morning
– Close up encounters with a variety of species
– Souvenir gift

Half Day Experience – AFTERNOON:
– Priority complimentary entry for the day
– Experienced host for the afternoon
– A delicious lunch
– Exclusive access behind the scenes for the afternoon
– Close up encounters with a variety of species
– Souvenir gift
Full Day Experience – This experience starts at 9:00am and finishes at 3:30pm and includes time spent with a range of animals, such giraffes, sealions, ring-tailed lemurs, tigers, smooth-coated otters, members of the Animal Care Team and your experienced host.

Morning Experience – This experience starts at 9:00am and finishes at 11:45am and includes time spent with a range of animals, such as lemurs, penguins or sealions* and giraffes, members of the Animal Care Team and your experienced host. You are welcome to use your zoo admission to visit the rest of the zoo in your own time after the experience.

Afternoon Experience – This experience starts at 12:00pm and finishes at 3:30pm and includes time spent with a range of animals, such as geladas, tigers and meerkats, members of the Animal Care Team and your experienced host. You are welcome to use your zoo admission to visit the rest of the zoo in your own time before the experience.

*Due to Avian Influenza, we have put in place a range of precautionary measures. Therefore, our Morning Extraordinary Experience may include sealions rather than penguins. This is at our Animal Care Team’s discretion.
Each Extra-ordinary Experience gives you the chance to meet a different range of animals – please see the list below:

Full Day Experience: Giraffes, Ring-tailed Lemurs, Elephants, Sea Lions, Giant Tortoises, Meerkats, Gelada Baboons, Tigers, Aardvarks and Otters

Half Day Experience – AFTERNOON: Ring-tailed Lemurs, Tigers, Giraffes, Gelada Baboons and Meerkats

Half Day Experience – MORNING: Otters, Aardvarks, Ring-tailed Lemurs, Penguins or Sealions* and Giraffes

*Due to Avian Influenza, we have put in place a range of precautionary measures. Therefore, our Morning Extraordinary Experience may include sealions rather than penguins. This is at our Animal Care Team’s discretion.

See an image of each species at the bottom of this page.
The Extra-ordinary Animal Experience is for a minimum of 4 participants. Up to 4 additional participants can also be added to the experience at an additional cost per person. See costs for additional guests above.

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Please read our TERMS & CONDITIONS and ESSENTIAL INFORMATION before booking

Full Day Extra-ordinary Experience

Half Day Extra-ordinary Experience – MORNING

Half Day Extra-ordinary Experience – AFTERNOON

Reviews

The whole day from start to finish was awesome! Our host for the day, Amanda, is a credit to the zoo, such an excellent ambassador and so knowledgeable about everything we saw. We loved the private dining area and the food was great. The staff who served us were all lovely, interested in our day and nothing was too much trouble for them. We were unsure what to expect with regard meeting the animals but we were blown away on the day. We fed the tigers, otters, penguins, giraffes and the goats. We went in the enclosures to meet the aardvarks, we sat with the Meerkats whilst they were fed and for our 6 year old grandson when he got to enter the Lemurs enclosure, watch them eat and play and then have them sit on his knee...was just the best! Thank you to everyone involved on the day and behind the scenes, it was awesome, something we will recommend to everyone and I am sure the memories will last for ever! Janet Bunn, July 2021

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

Experience bookings to take place in the next 48 hours can only be taken by phone on 01206 331292 Ext. 462 as we may already be fully booked.

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