Looking for the ‘perfect moment’ to celebrate a special landmark event?

Whatever the occasion, enjoy a shared, close-up animal experience for two at Colchester Zoo and make memories to treasure forever!

PRICE:
£200 for TWO people (all animals, excluding Elephant Experience)

£250 for TWO people (Elephant experience ONLY)

PASSHOLDERS:
Passholders taking part in this experience receive a discount of up to £25 per experience.

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Please note: The Elephant Experience is only available until the 12th September 2022 and unavailable to purchase as a Gift Voucher.



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

Perfect Moments Experiences take part at various times in the day – please check available times when booking.
Open to participants aged 8yrs +.

Anyone under the age of 18yrs must be accompanied by a full-paying adult over the age of 18 who is also taking part in the experience. There cannot be two under 18s participating in this experience.
– A private 30 minute close up, VIP experience with your chosen animal for two people
– Souvenir gift
– Two course, table service meal in at Penguini’s pizza and pasta restaurant at 13:30
– Two complimentary entries for the day of your visit
Perfect Moments Experiences consist of a private half hour close up experience with your chosen animal and a member of the Animal Care Team, as well as a table-service lunch at Penguini’s Restaurant at 1:30pm.
Click through to the booking page using the BOOK button above to then select your species.

Choose from:

AARDVARK – These nocturnal African animals may be snoozing, but will captivate you with their mysterious lifestyle.

AMUR TIGER – This experience will take your breath away as you go behind the scenes and see these stripy felines up close.

ARMADILLO – Meet a favourite amongst keepers and visitors alike, Gomez & Allie the hairy Armadillos!

GIANT TORTOISE – Meet these prehistoric giants that are one of the largest reptile species found in the world.

GIRAFFE – See how you measure up to these towering characters in this exciting, close-up encounter.

HYENA – Meet these curious carnivores and hear about the important role they play out in the wild.

LEMUR – This excitable bunch are always on the move, ready to make your encounter one to remember.

MANDRILL – Come and meet our colourful troop full of mischief, that will leave a lasting impression.

MEERKAT – Scurrying around, foraging or standing on sentry duty, they will be sure to captivate you.

PENGUIN – Meet these waddling birds and become part of their ‘huddle’.

RAINFOREST – Meet Titi monkeys, Marmosets and Tamarins during this experience! Our Sloths and Tamanduas may also be seen (this cannot be guaranteed).

WHITE RHINOCEROS – These gentle giants have enormous personalities that you are bound to adore.

See an image of each species at the bottom of this page.
This experience is for 2 participants.

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Choose from:

(Click through to the booking page using the BOOK button above to then select your species)

These nocturnal African animals may be snoozing, but will captivate you with their mysterious lifestyle!

Did you know? An aardvark’s tongue is around 30cm long and is used to catch termites and ants. They eat up to 50,000 insects each night.

Step back in time and meet these prehistoric giants.

Meeting one of the largest reptile species found in the world, you can hear about these fascinating creatures and how they move around their ‘turf’ from their Animal Care Team.

Did you know? The Aldabra giant tortoise is indeed a giant, with individuals reaching over 1 metre in length.

Venture into our Rainforest environment where all the small forest dwellers live!

You will have the chance to get up close to some of our amazing species, such as Titi monkeys, Marmosets and Tamarins! Our Sloths and Tamanduas may also be seen during this experience, however this cannot be guaranteed.

Did you know?! This species of marmoset is ‘gumnivorous’, which means it likes feeding on he gum extract of trees!

Please note: Contact with the animals may not be possible in this experience.

Close up of mandrill monkey with bright coloured face
Come and meet our colourful ‘troop’ of mandrill monkeys.

This group is full of mischief and will leave a lasting impression on you after this experience.

Did you know? The mandrill is not only the largest monkey in the world, but it is also one of the most distinctive. It has an extremely striking face, with a red stripe down the nose and blue flanges framing it.
The largest of the big cat family will truly amaze you during this face-to-face encounter!

This experience will take your breath away as you go behind the scenes and see these stripy felines up close learning more about their plight in the wild and their clever adaptations from the Animal Care Team.

Did you know? Much like a human fingerprint, no two tigers have the same stripe pattern.

Man feeding giraffe
Come and meet our tallest residents at the zoo.

These animals truly stand head and shoulders above the rest and you will get the chance to see how you measure up to them in this close encounter.

Did you know? Giraffes are the tallest mammals in the world. Their legs alone are taller than many humans at about 6 feet high.

This excitable bunch will make your encounter an event to remember!

The lemurs are always on the move, leaping through their environment.

Did you know? Male ring-tailed lemurs compete for females via ‘stink fights’, smearing scent on their tails and wafting the smell towards their opponent.

Scurrying around, foraging or standing on sentry duty, they will be sure to captivate you.

Did you know? Meerkat clans, also known as mobs, hunt together and use designated lookouts, who rotate regularly, to keep watch. They also rely on a series of distinct calls to communicate with each other in the group.
Meet a favourite amongst keepers and visitors alike, Gomez & Allie the hairy Armadillos!

This unique experience offers the chance to go behind the scenes with our Animal Care Team to meet Gomez and Allie to learn more about them and their species.

Did you know? The taxonomic name, ‘Chaetophractus villosus’, translates to “hairy shell hairy”.

Close up of brown spotted hyena
This is no ‘laughing’ matter!
Colchester Zoo is the only zoo in the UK where you can meet spotted hyenas.


You’ll meet these curious carnivores and hear about the important role they play out in the wild.

Did you know? During the final stages of an alpha female hyena’s pregnancy, she passes on high levels of different hormones to her pups, including Androgen, to help prepare them for life as a high-ranking hyena!

Meet the waddling penguins and become part of their ‘huddle’.

Their big personalities and social dynamic will leave you fascinated by this species.

Did you know? Penguins are monogamous and often choose to mate for life with just one partner.

Come and be introduced to our ‘Crash’ of Rhinos.

These gentle giants have enormous personalities that you are bound to adore. This will be an encounter you’ll never forget.

Did you know? All rhinos have poor eyesight, but good hearing and a very good sense of smell, on which they depend.

Reviews

"My wife Kim and I visited the zoo on 21st May this year for an elephant experience and a day in the zoo itself. The elephant keepers were brilliant and gave us such a thrill with their at attentive style and all of your staff from reception, to train driver, to catering were marvellous. Kim had a great birthday day out and I would like to thank you all for your efforts and in particular the elephant team who looked after us both so well. You really run a very special place with animal welfare clearly at the heart of everything you do. Chris and Kim Edmonds, Hove, East Sussex

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 462 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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