Junior Keeper for a Day

As a result of Government advice in response to COVID-19, we are postponing experiences that were due to take place up until the end of July 2020. All visitors affected by this will receive an email to confirm next steps.

Any bookings for experiences after this date will be reviewed as we continue to act on official advice. Thank you for your understanding.


Do you know a young animal lover? Our Junior Zoo Keeper for a Day is the must-do animal experience for them!

£170 per person

Junior Keeper for a Day gives you the opportunity to get up close with some of our animals at ZSL London Zoo hosted by one of our very own Zookeepers and get a taster of what life is like as a Zookeeper!

Your experience includes: 

  • Fun packed 3.5 hour experience, including close-up animal encounters
  • Free entry into ZSL London Zoo for the Junior Keeper and an accompanying adult 
  • Morning refreshments
  • Exclusive Zookeeper t-shirt and cap (which you get to take home)
  • Goody bag
  • Free car parking
  • 20% discount on zoo entry tickets for spectators


What to expect on the day

The Junior Keeper for a Day experience at ZSL London Zoo is a day where young people (aged 11-15 years) can work alongside a zoo keeper with a variety of animals who live at the Zoo. It's a great experience for budding zoo keepers to get a behind the scenes look at what really goes on in a zoo keeper's day at the world's most famous Zoo.

In a group of up to five children, you will join one of our experienced zoo keepers who will be the host for the whole experience. Once the children are kitted out in their Zookeeper uniform, including a t-shirt and cap, they will head to the restaurant for refreshments and find out what animals they will help look after. Then it's time to head out into the Zoo for their Zookeeper duties!

Please note: An accompanying parent/guardian must be on site and contactable. The accompanying adult will get free entry to the Zoo but will not take part in the experience or access any behind the scenes areas, however, may follow the group and be kept busy with lots of great photo opportunities! 

Things to know before you book

Important information before booking a Junior Keeper for a day experience:

  • Children must be aged between 11-15 years of age and be accompanied by an adult.
  • General admission is included for the participant and an accompanying adult only. Additional guests will need to buy an entry ticket and will not be allowed access to the Zoo before opening at 10am.
  • You must wear appropriate closed toe footwear for the experience
  • The experience takes place outdoors so please come prepared for the weather forecast, raincoats are available to borrow
  • Tickets are for personal use and may not be sold on.
  • For participants with a disability or learning difficulty, please contact us on experienceenquiries@zsl.org for advice before purchasing any of our experiences.
  • Unfortunately wheelchair access is not available on this experience.
  • Free Carer tickets must be obtained in advance and can be purchased over the phone only. Please call 0344 225 1826 to book.
  • Please arrive on time to ensure that you are present for the health and safety briefing. We advise guests arrive at least 10 minutes before the experience begins
  • Please see our full terms and conditions for more information

If you have any questions about booking please feel free to contact us.



    • Junior Keeper for a Day starts at 9:15am, Sundays and throughout school holidays.


    • £170 per person

    Please note: ZSL members receive a 10% discount on this experience. Please call us to book on 0344 225 1826 or email experienceenquiries@zsl.org

    How to book

    • Book online here
    • Call us on 0344 225 1826

    We also offer Junior Keeper for Day as a gift voucher. Please visit our online shop here to book as a gift for someone.   

    2020 Dates and Prices


    Junior Keeper for a Day starts at 9:15am, on Sundays and throughout school holidays

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    £170 per person

    Call for reservations 0344 225 1826 or book online here


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