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Animal displays and talks

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As well as plenty of seasonal events, Bristol Zoo Gardens also has a range of talks and shows that run daily throughout the year, so whichever day you visit, there's always lots on offer.

Animal Encounter

Take the opportunity to see some of our minibeasts and other smaller animals right up close!

Animal Encounters are held in our Terrace Theatre and run at the following times:

During peak season - 1pm, 3pm and 4pm

During off-peak season - 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm

Amazing Animals

During peak season - A fun and fact filled display of animal athletics presented on the main lawn at 12 noon every day with animals as diverse as birds of prey, Colin the red ruffed lemur and Archie the armadillo.

Talk times

Help plan your day by using the list of talk times:

Asiatic lion talk: 11:00

Aquarium feed: 11:30 

Gorillas talk and feed: 12:30

Meerkat talk and feed: 2:10

Feed of the day: 2:30
(this changes on a daily basis, please see the information board at the main entance)

African penguin talk and feed: 3:00

South American fur seal talk and feed3:30

Find your way around

Use our interactive map of the Zoo to plan your visit

Watch our baby gorilla live online

See if you can spot baby gorilla Kukena on our webcams


Take the ZooRopia challenge and swing like a gibbon on this unique aerial ropes course.