Junior Keeper for a Day

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 zoo keepers and get a taster of what life is like as a Zoo keeper!

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 Zoo keeper 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 zoo keeper 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 zoo keeper duties!

Please note: Junior Zoo Keepers must be accompanied by a parent or guardian 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 but will 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.
  • The experience may be altered on any given day due to animal welfare, health issues, staff shortages, bad weather or changes to the Zoo’s collections, but will ensure that if this is the case, the activity will be replaced with another similar task. We endeavour to keep such changes to a minimum and will notify you as soon as possible if such changes are made. 
  • We may have to change or cancel the date of an experiences for reasons such as the minimum number of participants has not been reached, extreme bad weather, staff shortages, animal welfare issues or force majeure. We will endeavour to notify you as soon as possible if this is the case. Regrettably, we cannot cover travel, accommodation or any other related costs if we are forced to cancel a date.
  • 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, Monday – Friday during school holidays only.


    • £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.   

    2019 Dates and Prices


    Junior Keeper for a Day starts at 9:15am, Monday – Friday during school holidays

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    £170 per person

    Call for reservations 0344 225 1826 or book online here


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