Step into the boots of the Animal Care Team in our Keeper for the Day Animal Experiences that take you closer to the animals than ever before!

Escorted by our dedicated Animal Care Team, you will venture behind the scenes and find out just what it takes to care for some of the most incredible creatures on the planet! Our three Keeper for the Day options are listed below with more information to help you choose which package you would like to take part in.

Please note that these old Keeper for the Day schemes are only available to book for dates up until 31st May 2023. To book our new Keeper for the Day Experiences for a date after 31st May 2023 please click here.

£210 for ONE person

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

*Please note that this discount cannot be applied to purchases made online.

What’s Included:
• Exclusive access behind the scenes from 11:00am to 1:30pm
• A voucher for your 1 hour lunch at Penguini’s Restaurant
• A further afternoon session from 2:30pm to 3:45pm
• A souvenir gift
• Complimentary entry to the zoo for the whole day

Please allow at least 48 hours for processing of online applications and confirmation before you wish to visit.

Choose From:

Click through to the booking page using the BOOK NOW button above to then select your scheme.

Scheme A – Elephants, Cheetahs, Mandrills, Hyenas and Komodo Dragons

Scheme B – Meerkats, Gelada Baboons, Otters, Lemurs and Sun Bears

Scheme C – Sea Lions, Tigers, Giraffes, Hippos and Red River Hogs

Scheme A
• Prepare enrichment for the Elephants and Komodo Dragons
• Prepare food for the Hyenas and Cheetahs
• Meet the Mandrills

Scheme B
• Prepare enrichment for the Otters and Sun Bears
• Meet the Meerkats and Lemurs
• Prepare food for the Gelada Baboons

Scheme C
• Watch a training session with the Sea Lions
• Prepare food for the Tigers and Giraffes
• Meet the Hippos and Red River Hogs
Open to participants aged 14yrs +

Anyone aged 14 – 17yrs must be accompanied by an adult aged 18yrs or over who is also paying to participate in the same experience.
This experience is for 1 or 2 participants. Experience slots are booked for 1 person at a time so if you would like to book with a friend or family member please select two bookings for the same date.

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.
All Keeper for the Day Experiences consist of a full day experience from 11:00am to 3:45pm with a 1 hour lunch break in the middle of the day.

You will be required to check in with our Experience Team at least 10 minutes prior to the experience start time.


I was a Zoo Keeper for the day today and it was brilliant! Thank you to Kirsty, Britney and Helen for giving me a day to remember and to other staff I met who were very friendly and welcoming...Next time I visit this lovely zoo (using my annual gold card) I will do so with a lot more understanding of both the animals I met and of how the staff take such good care of them. - Gill, February 2019

We have just been Keeper for the day and it was amazing. The staff have been there years and know everything about their animals they look after and see how much they care. They are well looked after and it was great to see what goes on behind the scenes and to be part of the experience was awesome. - Kelly, January 2019

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