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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 (available for one or two participants) are an amazing 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:


We have two price categories;

Gold - £95 on weekends, East Sussex school holidays and inset days 

Silver - £80 on East Sussex term time weekdays 

  • Entry to the Park is included for the Close Encounter participant(s). Additional (non participating) guests will require a valid day ticket. 
  • In the case of two participants the cost of the second participant is £45. Two participants must be the same group or family, must have booked at the same time and must be taking part in the same encounter.     
  • We offer Close Encounter Gift Vouchers for a fun and unusual pressie!
  • Drusillas Annual Members receive a 10% discount!

Minimum age is 6 years, No maximum age!!

How to Book your Experience

For more detailed information about Close Encounters, please download the relevant forms below;

Annual members get 10% off!

During this time of uncertainty, we have implemented a more flexible cancellation policy for our VIP Experience bookings. If you wish to book any of our VIP Experiences in the coming weeks and months, rest assured we can reschedule your experience (with no extra charge) if you become unwell, are self-isolating or cannot attend due to a coronavirus issue. Please click here for more information.

To check availability please call the Park on 01323 874100, email us at [email protected] or you can come and visit us in the Visitor Services Office opposite the Park Entrance.

We regret that we are unable to make provisional bookings or take bookings over the phone.

Are you interested in working with animals? Find out how to become a zookeeper!