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Capybara & Beaver Close Encounter

Spend some time getting to gnaw our beavers and capybaras!

A beaver and capybara close encounter gives you the chance to meet some of the most well-mannered and friendly animals at the zoo!

The experience includes spending time inside their shared enclosure, and watching as they ever-so-politely take food from your hands and pose for photos! 

During your beaver and capybara close encounter you'll have exclusive access behind the scenes of our busy Zoo, helping your Keeper prepare their favourite treats - these friendly and sociable animals love meeting new friends, especially ones with food! You’ll also have some one-on-one time with your Zoo Keeper ready to answer all your questions, and there will be amazing opportunities to get some fabulous close up shots. Some of our capybaras enjoy a gentle stroke and tickle, but none of our animals enjoy being hugged or held - your keeper will guide you on how to safely and gently interact with our animals.

Your Beaver & Capybara Close Encounter 

Your beaver and capybara experience will begin at 3.15pm and last around 30 to 40 minutes and includes:

  • Admission into the zoo for the participant
  • Exclusive behind-the-scenes access
  • The chance to feed our beavers and capybaras
  • One-on-one time with a Zoo Keeper
  • The opportunity for some close up animal photos
  • An Animal Encounter certificate


Vary depending on date. Please see our booking calendar to view prices

Drusillas Annual Members enjoy 25% off all VIP Experiences! Find out how to access your discount here

What's Included

  • Entry to the Park is included for the beaver close encounter participant(s).
  • Participants under 16 must be accommpanied by an adult who will require a valid day ticket.
  • An additional participant can be added if both participants are from the same group or family, and booked at the same time
  • Additional (non participating) guests will require a valid day ticket
  • Minimum age 5 years, no maximum age!

Please note that this animal enclosure is only accessible via steps and may not be suitable for those with mobility issues.

How to Book Your Beaver Close Encounter Experience

Gift voucher holders will need to contact us to request a booking form. We regret that we are unable to make provisional bookings or take bookings over the phone.

Please read our Animal Experience Terms & Conditions before booking.

Please make sure you read our Health & Safety information before booking.

We strongly advise that anyone taking part in an animal encounter has an up-to-date tetanus vaccination. Tetanus is a serious infection that can be transmitted by animals. Should you wish to take part without up-to-date tetanus immunisation, you will be asked to complete a form to confirm you understand the potential risks involved. 

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