Be a Keeper for a Day at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Our amazing Keeper for a Day experience gives you a once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with some of ZSL’s most popular animals. Get a unique insight into the day-to-day life of our keepers.

Become a Keeper for a Day at the UK’s biggest zoo.
Set within 600 acres of beautiful Bedfordshire countryside, Whipsnade is a hidden gem. Only 20 minutes by train from Central London.

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Purchase an an open-ended voucher (valid for 1 year from purchase)

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Feeding giraffes as part of the Keeper for a Day experience

Animal highlights:

At ZSL Whipsnade Zoo you can expect to work with some of the larger mammals as well as some of our smaller animals. After getting kitted out in your keeper outfit you will be briefed on the days activities before heading out into the zoo with your experienced keeper host. After helping to muck out our Asian Rhinos, you will head to visit our tall giraffes to feed them their mid-morning snack. After recharging over lunch and stopping off with some our big cats and meerkats or otters, you will end the day with our majestic Asian Elephants.

Keeper for a Day Participant at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo with an elephant
What’s included:

  • Various animal encounters and mucking out activities
  • Led by a friendly and experienced Zoo Keeper Host
  • Complimentary breakfast, lunch and refreshments
  • Complimentary car parking
  • Exclusive Keeper for a Day t-shirt
  • 20% discount off spectator tickets
  • Vouchers and gift cards are sent out within 1-2 days (postage included)


  • Participants must be over 16 years old and have a reasonable level of fitness
  • Participants must have good mobility and not require a wheelchair
  • Pregnant, nursing mothers or those that have given birth in the past 6 months are unable to take part


Keeper for a Day: £295


Starts at 8.45am until 4.15pm (7 1/2 hours)


Dunstable, Bedfordshire - only 20 minutes by train from Central London


Available April - October on Monday – Fridays (apart from bank holidays)

Current availability:

We currently have good availability from June 2015

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