Feeding & Experience Days

Zoo keeper experiences and adoption packages for animal lovers of all ages

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Hand feed giraffes, penguins and lemurs every day. Pay for individual feeding sessions on admission or ask for a great value wristband to take part in Giraffe and Lemur feeding sessions for just £7 or upgrade to our Ultimate Wristband which includes behind the scenes access to areas normally restricted to visitors for £10 (£3 upgrade). Ask at the admissions desk for more details.

Click Here to purchase our early access ticket, redeemable between Sunday 17th Dec 2017 to Mon April 30th 2018 for just £15 which includes zoo entry and feeding pass.

To be sure you are here for feeding times, see our Plan Your Visit page.

For an extra special up-close and personal animal encounter, check out our premium animal encounters and zoo keeper experiences.

New for 2017 – Red Panda Experience

Come meet everyone’s favourite Red Pandas, Tink and Pan, face to face in this interactive meet, greet and feed session!

What’s Included:
• Entry to the park for the day
• Introductory briefing & talk with our experienced and knowledgable Red Panda Keeper
• Accompanying the keeper into the Red Panda enclosure to meet the Red Pandas where you’ll have the opportunity to take photos
• Opportunity to hand feed!
• Opportunity to ask questions throughout

The ideal group size for the experience is 2, we can accommodate family groups of 4 or larger groups in split sessions – please call us on 01229 466086 if your group size is not available online.

You can book the Red Panda experience for yourself or as a gift, those booking as a gift can opt to receive a Red Panda Experience gift pack which includes an experience gift certificate, Red Panda Keyring or Magnet and Red Panda Cuddly for an additional £20.

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Zebra Experience

Calling all Zebra lovers!

Calling all Zebra lovers! Do you want to learn more about your favourite Stripey friends? Who best to learn from than the keepers theirselves…

Join our friendly, knowledgeable Zebra keepers for this hands-on experience: Gain an insight into care and meet our striped guys and gals up close and personal as you learn about how we maintain the best standards of health and welfare. Learn about the diets helping keep them in tip-top condition as you help the keeper with the feeding regime and the varying personalities of the members of our resident “dazzle”. Find out how we keep them entertained, interested and alert with enrichment programs that mimic their natural habitats (you may even get to help us create enrichment goodies!) and see first-hand how we keep their enclosure in pristine condition (this may call on you to get your hands – and possibly the rest of you – dirty!)

Zebra Experience – £40 per person
Duration – 20 to 30 mins approx.

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White Rhino Experience

Calling all Rhino lovers!

Calling all Rhino lovers! Do you want to learn more about your favourite chunky friends? Who best to learn from than the keepers theirselves…

Join our friendly, knowledgeable Rhino keepers for this hands-on experience: Gain an insight into care and meet our resident horned guys and gals up close and personal as you learn about how we maintain the best standards of health and welfare. Learn about the diets helping keep them in tip-top condition as you help the keeper with the feeding regime and the varying personalities of the members of our resident “crash”. Find out how we keep them entertained, interested and alert with enrichment programs that mimic their natural habitats (you may even get to help us create enrichment goodies!) and see first-hand how we keep their enclosure in pristine condition (this may call on you to get your hands – and possibly the rest of you – dirty!)

White Rhino Experience – £40 per person
Duration – 20 to 30 mins approx.

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Kordofan and Rothschild Giraffe Experience

Calling all giraffe lovers!

Do you want to learn more about your favourite leggy friends? Who best to learn from than the keepers theirselves…

Join our friendly, knowledgeable giraffe keepers for this hands-on experience: Get severe eyelash envy as you come face-to-face with our bachelor herd in the giraffe loft and feel dwarfed in our Africa building as you come nose to knee with our lady group. Gain an insight into care and meet our resident tall guys and gals up close and personal as you learn about how we maintain the best standards of health and welfare. Learn about the diets helping keep them in tip-top condition as you help the keeper with the feeding regime and the varying personalities of the members of our resident “tower”. Find out how we keep them entertained, interested and alert with enrichment programs which mimic their natural habitats (you may even get to help us create enrichment goodies!) and see first-hand how we keep their enclosure in pristine condition (this may call on you to get your hands – and possibly the rest of you – dirty!)

Kordofan and Rothschild Giraffe Experience – £40 per person
Duration – 20 to 30 mins approx.

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Humboldt Penguin Experience

Calling all penguin lovers!

Do you want to learn more about your favourite flappy friends? Who best to learn from than their carers themselves…

Join our friendly, knowledgeable penguin keepers for this hands-on experience: Gain an insight into care and meet our resident webbed guys and gals up close and personal as you learn about how we maintain the best standards of health and welfare. Learn about the diets helping keep them in tip-top condition as you help the keeper with the feeding regime and the varying personalities of the members of our resident “waddle”. Find out how we keep them entertained, interested and alert with enrichment programs which mimic their natural habitats (you may even get to help us create enrichment goodies!) and see first-hand how we keep their enclosure in pristine condition (this may call on you to get your hands – and possibly the rest of you – dirty!)

Humboldt Penguin Experience – £40 per person
Duration – 20 to 30 mins approx.

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Little Keepers & Animal Experience Days

Juniors, join our Animal Carers and become a Zoo Keeper

Roll up your sleeves and whack on your wellies to spend the morning shadowing one of our highly trained and friendly animal carers.

Get up close and personal to our monkeys, giraffes, penguins and more as you help muck out and prepare food with chance to ask lots of questions along the way.

£65.00 per child.

Includes a drink and snack as well as a Junior Keeper T-shirt as a memento of your day.

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Zookeeper for the day

Experience one of the most exciting careers in the world and become a Zookeeper for the day

Spend the day shadowing one of our highly trained animal carers helping with food preparation, feeding, cleaning out and anything else that might crop up.

As a keeper for the day the choice is yours – choose the animal you would most like to work with and we will assign you to the relevant section where you will work with a selection of animals throughout your day.

£125.00 per person.

Zookeeper For The Day includes morning drink and snack, lunch, and afternoon drink as well as a memento of your day.

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Hand-feed big cats

Join one of our passionate big cat keepers for an unrivalled tour of South Lakes Safari Zoo’s big cat species.

Learn from the expert about our big cat species and how we are working to protect big cats in the wild. After a visit to the kitchen to chop some nibbles get a truly memorable opportunity as you go behind the scenes in the big cat houses and hand feed at least two of our big cat species. Then spend the rest of your day exploring the Safari Zoo.

£150 for first person then £75 per additional person (maximum of 4 per session)

Includes 30 minute experience, experience gift pack and general admission to the Safari Zoo.

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Animal encounters

Do you love monkeys? Whats mums favourite animal? Need a gift for someone obsessed with giraffes? 

Then we have the perfect thing for you! Join us for an up close encounter with an animal or group of animals of your choice for an experience you’ll never forget. Our highly trained keepers will give you a fantastic personal introduction with your favourite animal.

£85.00 for 2 people  £105 for a family of 4

Includes 20 minute experience, lunch and general admission to the Safari Zoo.

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Adopt an animal

Love the giraffes, scared of the emus?

Why not adopt your favourite animal today? Chose any animal in the park and whilst we can’t let you take them home, you’ll get lots of great things throughout the year to remind you of your friendship.

£20.00 Standard Pack   £30.00 Gift Box Pack

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