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Keeper for the Day

Our Zoo Keeper for the Day experience is an unforgettable treat for anyone who is mad about animals!

Help our Zoo Keepers for the whole day and discover what it is like to feed, clean and care for a variety of furry and feathered friends with this magical one-on-one experience!

A truly unforgettable opportunity for some unique nose-to-nose encounters with some of our most curious and sociable animals. Come ready to roll up your sleeves and get stuck in as you'll be cleaning out enclosures, preparing meals for the animals and making many furry friends along the way!

A typical day might see you feeding our mischevious meerkats, flinging fish to our penguins, or passing snacks to our sloths* as you accompany your dedicated, experienced Keeper behind the scenes of our busy Zoo.

This totally zooper day gives a real insight into the working lives of keepers and a realistic impression of the work that is involved on a daily basis - and your Keeper will be happy to answer any and all questions you may have.

*animals you encounter on the day will vary, and we cannot guarantee any particular animal encounters - but you will certainly meet lots of new friends!

Your Keeper for the Day Experience

Your experience will take place from 10.00am - 3.30pm and includes

  • Admission to the zoo for the participant
  • One free accompanying adult for under 16s
  • Food preparation in our Zoo Kitchen
  • The chance to feed many of our animal residents
  • Exclusive access inside our animal enclosures
  • One-on-one time with your dedicated Keeper
  • The opportunity for some amazing up close photography
  • Special Keeper for the Day sweatshirt or polo shirt 
  • Hot lunch in our Explorers Cafe
  • Personalised certificate


Vary depending on date: Please check our online booking calendar for up to date prices

Our Keeper for the Day is a unique one-on-one experience, and so is available for strictly one participant per day.

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

Please note that most of our animal enclosures are only accessible via steps and may not be suitable for those with mobility issues.

Minimum age is 6 years, No maximum age!!

Example Keeper for the Day Schedule

Keeper for the Day experiences run from 10am - 3.30pm

A typical day looks a little like this:

  • 10:00 – Meet your Keeper, collect your Keeper uniform, and health and safety briefing
  • 10:30 – Feed and clean our meerkats
  • 11:00 – Feed our mongooses, armadillos, prairie dogs and penguins
  • 11:40 – Clean and feed our capybaras
  • 12:00 – Feed our otters, sloths, bats, and monkeys
  • 12:30 – Lunch (free meal and drink for participant)
  • 13:30 – Feed our farm animals
  • 14.00 – Meet and handle our reptiles
  • 15.00 – Feed our lorikeets and lemurs

Please note this is an example itinerary and we cannot guarantee which specific animals you will meet on the day. Plan is subject to change depending on availability on the day, but you will make lots of new animal friends!

Additional Guests:

  • Under 16s must be accompanied by one adult (free of charge)
  • Up to four additional, non participating guests may accompany the Keeper for the Day at a discounted rate of £25 per person (these guests will not have access inside the animal enclosures but are welcome to observe) 

Please note that most of our animal enclosures are only accessible via steps and may not be suitable for those with mobility issues.

We also offer Zoo Keeper for the Day gift vouchers for that totally unique gift!

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. 

How to Book your Experience

To book your Drusillas Experience, please click the button below!

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.

Ready to get more serious about working with animals? Find out how to become a zookeeper!

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