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:
- 11:00am Child's First Farmyard Encounter.
- 11:30am Red Panda Encounter.
- 12:45pm Ring-Tailed and Black Lemur Encounter.
- 2:30pm Anteater Encounter.
- 2:30pm Camel Encounter.
- 2:45pm Meerkat Encounter.
- 3:00pm Sloth Encounter.
- 3:15pm Coatis or Beaver Encounter.
- 3:45pm Penguin Feeding.
- Reptile Encounter - prior appointment only.
- Tickle a Tarantula - prior appointment only. Please note all spider encounters and experiences are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. We will resume courses once it is safe to do so. We are very sorry for any inconvenience caused.
- For all Penguin and Meerkat experiences, please book your slot(s) online. Please note you will be required to fill out a participant form which will accompany your confirmation email and e-ticket in the form of a hyperlink. For all other Close Encounters, please download the form on this page. Please make sure you read our Health & Safety information once you book an encounter.
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!
Minimum age is 5 years for all non-farmyard encounters. Farm encounters are open to anyone aged 4 and over. There is no maximum age!
For more detailed information about Close Encounters, please download the relevant forms below;
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.
We regret that we are unable to make provisional bookings or take bookings over the phone.
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