Close Encounters


Why not choose from one of our Close Encounter Animal Experiences for a short nose to nose experience which enables you to get up close and personal with some of your favourite residents.


The Close Encounters are a one-to-one experience lasting between 30 and 40 minutes and involve feeding the animals and helping one of our Zoo Keepers with part of their daily routine. We have a range of experiences for you to choose from including:


  • 12:45pm  Lunch with the Lemurs                                             BOOK NOW
  • 2:45pm    Meerkat Meeting
  • 3:15pm    Tea with the Racoons or Beavers
  • 3:45pm    Penguin Feeding
  • PIC200Snuggle up to a snake – prior appointment only  
  • Tickle a Tarantula - prior appointment only   



  • £65 during term time weekdays
  • £75 for weekends and school holidays.
  • Club Members receive a 20% discount; £52 during term time weekdays and £60 during weekends and school holidays.
  • Minimum age 6 years 
  • A Close Encounter package also includes a 20% discount in
    Explorers Cafe on any food purchased (or in Oasis if Explorers
    is closed). The Close Encounter certificate and participant 
    are required.


Application Form

For more information about our Close Encounter Animal Experiences please download and complete the booking form.

To check availability you can speak to Angela Hale on 01323 874100 or email her at you can come
and visit us in the Visitor Services Office opposite the
Park Entrance.


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