Meet the Aardvarks

Come and meet our incredible aardvarks and learn all about these nocturnal creatures from one of our expert keepers.  By taking part in this experience you will be supporting ZSL's vital conservation work across the world such as our EDGE of Existence programme which aims to conserve the world's most Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered (EDGE) species. 

A child plays with a sleeping aardvark for her meet the aardvark encounter
Did you know

The aardvark is a nocturnal and solitary creature that lives in sub-Saharan Africa, in habitats such as savannahs, grasslands, woodlands and bushland. They feed almost exclusively on ants and termites, emerging from their burrows in the late afternoon or shortly after sunset and foraging up to 30 kilometres for food. Keeping their noses to the ground and their ears pointed forward, they use both senses to search for food and protect themselves from potential danger. 

Ticket prices

  • £60 per person Mon-Fri
  • £75 per person Sat-Sun

Our aardvark homes can get quite dusty - please consider this when booking. 

 

This experience is currently unavailable.

 

Terms and conditions

  • General admission ticket or valid membership per person must be purchased to be allowed entry into the zoo and take part in the Meet the Aardvarks experience.

  • Please listen to the keeper at all times. (Your safety as well as the welfare of all animals is their upmost priority. As such, the keeper can stop the encounter or ask participants to exit the VIP area at any time should they feel necessary.)

  • Maximum of 6 participants per experience.

  • Children: must be over 8 years of age and be accompanied by an adult, no more than 2 children per adult.

  • Each adult must also has a valid Meet the Aardvarks ticket.

  • Appropriate closed toe footwear must be worn for the experience.

  • Disabilities: Participants with learning or visual impairment must be accompanied by a carer who takes full responsibility for the adherence of health and safety and welfare protocols. Accompanying carers can enter the VIP area free of charge but must not participate in the experience. Unfortunately there is no wheelchair access available for this experience.  

  • Pregnant/ nursing mothers who have given birth within the previous six months cannot participate for health and safety reasons.  

  • Cancellations: ZSL reserves the right to alter the experience or cancel on any given day if necessary. We will endeavour to contact you via email at least 24-hours before your visit to notify you of any changes. We recommend checking your emails on the day before your visit in case we have emailed you. If these changes result in you missing the encounter or you are no longer able to attend, please contact us to discuss options.

  • Turning up late will invalidate your ticket and will not be refunded.

  • Bookings cancelled up to 14 days before the date will be eligible for a full refund. Thereafter changes will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of ZSL.