15/11/2019

The ROAR-some Christmas gifts that keep on giving…and giving

We have memberships, sensational overnight stays, animal adoptions and experiences including Junior Animal Keepers, plus plenty more gift ideas!

It’s almost that time of year where we desperately try and think of unique gifts to surprise and delight our loved ones, before admitting defeat and frantically searching the toiletry aisles of the nearest supermarket.

Never fear! We have a wide range of presents that will not only see other gift-givers shedding their skin in jealousy, but will also help raise funds for some of the world’s most threatened animal species.

Our products and experiences expert, Becky Pimm, has collated a Christmas gift list for you to be purr-oud of. She’s got everyone covered, from the tiny primates in your life, to the conservation champions and the green-fingered folk.

Merry memberships

Nothing says ‘grrr-eat gift’ better than unlimited annual visits to Bristol Zoo Gardens, Wild Place Project, or, even better, both!

We offer a range of membership options - from children’s memberships to family memberships and a dual membership for both attractions. What’s more, members receive lots of benefits, including discounts on events and items in our gift shops as well as the restaurant and cafes. Members also receive discounts on experience days and discounted entry for friends and family all year round.

Membership prices start at just £30 and include special treats for members, such as 10% off at The Hide restaurant and invitations to exclusive members’ only events.

Sensational stays

Ever considered there could be the chance to sleep surrounded by some of the world's most amazing animals without hopping on a plane for hours and hours?

Well, at Bristol Zoo Gardens and Wild Place Project, you can do just that.

Bristol Zoo Gardens is home to a former keepers’ house that has been transformed into luxurious, wildlife-themed accommodation – offering up to six guests an experience like no other.

Nestled within the Zoo grounds, The Lodge invites families and friends to get together and enjoy a private chef, exclusive behind-the-scenes tours and animal experiences after the Zoo gates close. Did we mention you also get to eat breakfast with the Zoo’s family of western lowland gorillas?

Prices start at £750 based on six people. For more information, click here.


If your recipient would appreciate something a little wilder, then a stay at Camp Baboon – Wild Place Project’s luxury glamping site – could be the answer. There are 10 bespoke cabins located inside the 40-acre attraction that can sleep up to four per cabin. Stays at Camp Baboon offer exclusive animal tours and encounters, special bush craft activities, breakfast and dinner prepared by an on-site chef and free entry to Wild Place Project and Bristol Zoo Gardens.

Bookings can be made now. Camp Baboon re-opens in April 2020. Prices start at £348, based on four people. Click here for more information.

Awesome adoptions

Some of Bristol Zoo’s most famous animal residents are available to adopt!

They include Afia, the world-famous gorilla that was born via rare caesarean section in 2016. The energetic three-year-old can regularly be seen swinging around Gorilla Island at Bristol Zoo Gardens with the rest of the gorilla troop. Adopting Afia not only means you are helping the Zoo care for her but you’re also directly helping to support our conservation work across the globe.

Other animals available to adopt include Biggie, the 80-year-old giant tortoise, Babushka, the playful meerkat, Poppy, the friendly penguin, Jock, the 180kg silverback gorilla and Chota, the beautiful red panda.

Adoptions can be made online or over the phone for just £50 and each adoption pack includes a day ticket to the Zoo, a cuddly toy, an adoption certificate, the adopter’s name displayed at the exhibit and a fact-file about your chosen animal.

Adoptions last for 12 months from the chosen start date. To find out more about animal adoptions, click here.

Bear-y nice

If you’ve not heard about Wild Place Project’s brand-new Bear Wood exhibit yet, then ‘bear’ on earth have you been?

The 7.5-acre exhibit, home to European brown bears, wolves, wolverine and lynx, opened its doors in July this year, and is home to a sleuth of four brown bears – Neo, Gemini, Albie and Nilas – all of which are now available to adopt as a foursome!

Bear adoptions make a lovely gift to anyone of any age and are only £25. Upon purchase you will receive a beautiful presentation wallet, a fact-file on each bear, an adoption certificate and a wooden A6 keepsake plaque, and a cuddly bear toy comes as extra.

Delightful donations

A one-off or monthly donation on behalf of someone else makes the perfect gift for any wrap-avoiders out there. As a charity, we rely on donations from the general public to carry out our work both at Bristol Zoo Gardens and Wild Place Project as well as our conservation programmes currently taking place across the world.

Any donation, no matter how large or small, will contribute towards projects such as its work to protect Kordofan giraffe in Northern Cameroon, Livingstone’s fruit bats in Madagascar, the Negros bleeding heart dove in The Philippines, Western lowland gorillas in Central Africa and, closer to home, the white-clawed crayfish, which is globally Endangered both within mainland Europe and the UK.

To donate on someone’s behalf and contribute towards protecting some of the world’s most threatened species, click here.

VIP meet-and-greets

We offer 14 animal experiences across both Bristol Zoo Gardens and Wild Place Project, all offering the chance to get up close and personal with many exotic residents.

Would your loved one like to meet the lemurs, meerkats, or fruit bats? Or perhaps they’d fancy getting to new heights feeding the three giraffe at Wild Place Project, go behind-the-scenes of the Zoo’s Gorilla House and meet the troop of Western lowland gorillas, or meet the colony of African penguins?

Most experiences are available for up to two people. Make someone’s Christmas by booking an experience like no other.

Keeper experiences

Bristol Zoo Gardens and Wild Place Project are among only a few wildlife parks in the UK to offer one-to-one interaction with a keeper, allowing participants to experience life in all of our animal sections.

The Keeper for the Day (age 16+) and Junior Keeper experiences (age 6-15) run at both of our attractions and provide an unforgettable chance to get even closer to wonderful animal residents including penguins, otters, giraffe, cheetah and red pandas, among many others. 

Recipients of these amazing experiences will get to go behind the scenes of various animal houses and prepare animal feeds – while learning about the varying diets the animal residents need – as well as help feed some of them.

What’s more, they will also have the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of animal species and ask the expert keepers all about the animals and conservation programmes in the UK and worldwide.

Keeper experiences start from just £125 (Wild Place Project) or £175 (Bristol Zoo Gardens) for one child. To find out more visit our websites.

Botanical gardening experiences

Bristol Zoo Gardens is home to award-winning botanical gardens and proud winners of a vast number of respected horticultural awards.

Do you know a green-fingered friend or family member that would like to spend time exploring the gardens, turning their hand to planting and pruning and going behind the scenes of one of the oldest and prestigious Zoos in Europe?

The experience includes free admission for the participant and a guest to the Zoo, a cuppa with the Zoo’s expert gardening team, and a special souvenir.

You can pick from a selection of themed months depending on what might interest your recipient the most – these range from working in the rock garden, theming the animal houses, planting out summer bedding, and maintaining the Zoo’s award-winning Herbaceous Border display.

Click here to find out more.

Stock up from our shops

The gift shops at both Bristol Zoo Gardens and Wild Place Project can be visited without needing to pay for admission to either site. There are a host of wild gifts, including Julia Donaldson and wildlife-themed books and wooden toys, sustainable and reusable coffee cups, artwork from local artists, novelty cuddly toys and personalised products.

Members receive 10% off products in the shops (minimum spend of £5. Excludes food and drinks, books and sale items).

Generous vouchers

Did you know you can purchase gift vouchers for general admission to either Bristol Zoo Gardens or Wild Place Project? Let your recipient choose when they’d like to visit – who doesn’t love a bit of flexibility? Gift vouchers can be purchased online or over the phone.

Call Bristol Zoo Gardens: 0117 428 5300 or Wild Place Project: 0117 428 5600, to purchase gift vouchers.

Sponsor a plank at Bear Wood

Sponsoring a plank on the treetop walkway at Bear Wood is the purr-fect sentiment, whether it is to mark a special event, to celebrate an individual or group, in memory of a loved one or the celebration of a new birth or anniversary.

Plaques can include up to three lines of personalised message (maximum 24 characters per line, including spaces) and will be in situ for 25 years – meaning it can be enjoyed by generations to come.

What’s more, when your recipient visits their plaque (you could do a surprise reveal!), they will be able to look down on the European brown bears, wolverines, lynxes and European grey wolves.

Plaques are £75 – that’s just £3 for each year it’s in situ! Email corporate@bzsociety.org.uk to purchase and personalise yours, or click here.

Visit Bristol Zoological Society this Festive break! And don’t forget that Bristol Zoological Society is open throughout the Christmas and New Year period (with the exception of Christmas Day) so ideal to walk off those festive treats and enjoy quality time with loved ones.

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