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:


  • Charlotte___Meerkat..jpg12:45pm  Lunch with the Lemurs                                    
  • 2:45pm    Meerkat Meeting
  • 3:15pm    Tea with the Racoons or Beavers
  • 3:45pm    Penguin Feeding
  • Snuggle up to a snake – prior appointment only  
  • Tickle a Tarantula - prior appointment only   



  • £65 during term time weekdays (2014 & 2015).
  • £75 for weekends and school holidays (2014 & 2015).
  • Close Encouters include one additional person free of charge (parent or guardian in the case of a child).
  • 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 relevant form;



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