Shadow A Keeper

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work as a zoo keeper here at the park? Well wonder no more!

Our Keeper for a Day Experiences give you the opportunity to get behind the scenes of our zoo and glimpse into the daily lives of our animal care team. During your experience you will:

  • Meet some of our resident animals
  • Learn how keepers look after them
  • Help clean our animal enclosures
  • Learn how we provide daily enrichment and stimulation for different species
  • Find out why and how we train our animals

Each participant is given a certificate of completion after their experience and a framed photograph of one of the animals you met during your time with us.

We have two experiences available, a Junior Keeper for the Day and a Senior Keeper for the Day. Our Junior experience is available to anyone over the age of 7yrs whereas our Senior experience is only available to those aged 16yrs and over. A discounted rate is available when booking two participants on either experience. The cost of each experience includes admission for the  participant and also the admission of one accompanying guardian/guest.

To book you place phone the Information Desk on 01271 882486

Due to the large volume of visitors the keeper experiences are not available during the school holidays, sorry for any inconvenience. Amendments to the schedules below will be made on the day by the discretion of the keepers.

Junior Keeper Experience

Age 7yrs+ – 11.00am–2.00pm approx

1 Participant: £80 / 2 Participants: £140
Your experience may include:

Feeding some of our resident animals

Helping the keepers clean out animal enclosures

Getting up close to our minibeasts and reptiles

Making up enrichment/food puzzles for the animals

Includes a short break to rest whilst watching our Animal Antics presentation.

Includes free entry into the park for participant plus 1 guardian/guest per child.  Children must be accompanied by an Adult into enclosures and around the park.

Why not add a Sea Lion Meet and Greet Experience? Just £20 per person when booking a Keeper for a Day Experience. The Meet and Greet will take place once your Keeper for a Day Experience has finished, after our Sea Lion show.


Senior Keeper Experience

Age 16yrs+ – 11.00am–4.15pm approx

1 Participant: £150 / 2 Participants: £250
Your experience may include:

Feeding some of our animals and helping to prepare the diets

Cleaning out animal enclosures and houses with the keepers

Having a hands on tour of our Critter caverns and reptile room

Making up enrichment/food puzzles for the animals

Meeting one of our California Sea Lions

Includes free entry into the park for participant plus 1 guest. 

Why not add a Lion Feed Experience to your day? Just £25 per person when booking a Keeper for a Day Experience (must be 16yrs+) and your day will still be finished by 4:15pm.