Animal experiences

Bristol Zoo gifts and experiences

We offer a range of gift experience ideas, perfect for animal lovers or for those friends or relatives who have everything! When you buy a Bristol Zoo gift experience you will be directly contributing towards the upkeep of the animals and supporting the conservation of threatened species.

Meet & greets

Make your visit extra special; meet and greets are unique, one-on-one experiences. Choose from meerkats, penguins, red pandas, fruit bats, giant tortoises and lemurs!

Your meet & greet experience will include

  • Entry into the Zoo for you and a friend
  • An introductory briefing by one of our animal keepers
  • Going behind the scenes of an animal enclosure
  • Coming face to face with the animals
  • Complimentary drink in the Coral Café
  • The opportunity to ask our keepers any questions you may have.

The zoo meet and greet experience is available for adults and children over the age of 6 years old, however children between the ages of 6 to 15 years old must be accompanied by a spectating parent/guardian.

* Please note your family member/friend will not be able to join you in any of the enclosures, if they would like to take photographs this is allowed.

Tuesdays
Penguins - 09:30 book online
Red Panda - 11.00 book online
Fruit Bats - 11:45 book online
Lemurs -  13:00 book online
Meerkats - 13: 45 book online

Thursdays
Red panda - 10:00 book online
Fruit bat - 11:30 book online
Meerkats - 13:45 book online

Fridays
Red panda - 11:00 book online
Penguins - 11:45 book online
Lemurs - 13:00 book online
Meerkats - 13:45 book online

The red panda experience is now fully booked until November 2015.

Cost
Meet & greets cost £60 for one person or £90 for two* (inc. VAT).

Booking
You can now book online or contact our experiences team directly on 01179 747 328 or 01179 747 388. Gift vouchers are also available. Click here to buy today.

Restrictions
Regrettably certain guests will be unable to take part including people with relevant phobias or known allergies; pregnant women; and immunocompromised individuals.  Whilst every effort is made to accommodate those with a disability or learning difficulty, due to practicality and health and safety this cannot always be achieved; please contact Bristol Zoo for advice before purchasing.

Cancellations
Please see our policy at the bottom of the page.

Keeper for the day and Junior Keeper experiences

The perfect experiences for any animal lover! Both experiences involve amazing opportunities to work behind the scenes with some of your favourite animals; cleaning enclosures, feeding and enrichment.

Cost
The Keeper for the Day experience costs £250 (inc. VAT)  and Junior Keeper costs £90 (inc. VAT). Both include souvenir gifts such as a specially designed fleece and a complimentary guest ticket. Gift vouchers are also available and are valid for one year from the date of purchase. Click here to buy.

Bookings
Please contact our experiences team directly on 01179 747 328 or 01179 747 388. Alternatively you can contact reception on 0117 974 7300 or email bookingsteam@bristolzoo.org.uk for more information.

Restrictions
Due to the hands-on nature of this experience, participants of Bristol Zoo ‘Keeper for a Day’ experience must be physically fit and suffering no severe health problems. The scheme is only available to those aged 16 years. Junior Keeper experience is only available to people aged 6 - 15 years of age and they must be accompanied by and adult. Unfortunately we cannot accommodate wheelchair users in this instance due to access restrictions behind the scenes. Whilst every effort will be made to accommodate those with a disability or learning difficulty, due to practicality and health and safety this cannot always be achieved; we will try to adapt our experiences to suit if you have any disabilities. In order for us to do this please contact Bristol Zoo for advice before purchasing. Please be advised that it is your responsibility to inform us if you have any medical condition that you or your doctor feel we should be aware of in order to ensure your safety. Unfortunately pregnant women cannot take part in our keeper for the day experience.

Availability

These experiences are available on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays plus additional days during schools holidays.

Cancellation policy

We have a no refund policy for all experiences at Bristol Zoo. If you wish to rearrange or cancel your experience please note that there may be a charge depending on the notice time.

Please see the information below, if you need to rearrange please contact our experiences team directly on 01179 747 328 or 01179 747 388 if no one is able to take your call please leave a message with your experience choice, preferred date, name and contact telephone number and we will call you back.

Changes up to 8 weeks prior to the experience date incur a £20 change and can only be made once.
No changes to the date are allowed less than 8 weeks before the experience.
No refunds will be made for cancellations. If you wish to cancel your experience date, you will be placed on a cancellation list and will be given the opportunity to rebook onto a date in the future should someone else cancel or not attend their experience. A £20 admin charge is applicable for this service.

FurtherInformation