Be a Keeper for a Day at ZSL London Zoo

Become a Keeper for a Day at one of the world’s most famous zoos.

£280 per person

Our amazing Keeper for a Day experience at ZSL London Zoo gives you a once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close to some of ZSL London Zoo's most popular animals.

During this full-day experience you will work with an expert zoo keeper who will show you how we look after some of our incredible animals. 

ZSL London Zoo is the ultimate place to be a zoo keeper. More than just an animal collection, it's a centre for wildlife conservation and an historic landmark. 

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Keeper for a Day at ZSL London Zoo includes:

  • Fun packed 7 hour experience, including close-up animal encounters
  • Amazing animal encounters and mucking out activities
  • Led by a friendly and experienced Zoo Keeper Host
  • Complimentary breakfast, lunch and refreshments
  • Complimentary car parking 
  • Zoo Keeper for a Day t-shirt
  • 20% discount off zoo admission tickets for spectators

Keeper for a day

What to expect on the day

At ZSL London Zoo you will work with a variety of animals who live at the Zoo. After getting kitted out in your keeper for a day outfit you will meet your expert Zoo keeper and find out which animals you will be helping to look after for the day over a hot drink and pastry. 

Keeper for a Day duties do vary from day to day but a typical experience will start with you helping to muck out in the morning before heading off to feed the giraffes their breakfast. You will enjoy a hearty Zoo keepers lunch and then get to meet our coatis and meerkats as well as some of our other animal residents, you will then finish the day with a well deserved cup of tea and cake!

"It was an amazing day - hard work but great fun and for an animal lover such as myself, the perfect present."
Smileycat16, TripAdvisor

What animals will I work with?

  • Giraffes
  • Penguins
  • Meerkats
  • Galapagos Tortoise
  • Coatis

Please note this is subject to change.

Keeper for a day participants meeting Galapagos tortoise

Is this experience suitable for me? 

Keeper for a Day is available for participants aged 16 and over; we do offer a separate Junior Keeper for a Day experience for children aged 11-15.

Unfortunately this experience is not wheelchair accessible and participants must have good mobility.  

Guests with carers can get a carer ticket which lets carers enter the backstage areas free of charge, but carers will not participate in the experience. To get a carer ticket please call 0344 225 1826.

Please note that pregnant or nursing mothers who have given birth within the previous six months cannot participate for health and safety reasons.

Keeper for a day participants mucking out ZSL London Zoo


  • Keeper for a Day starts at 8:45am, Monday – Friday throughout the year (except Christmas Day, New Year's Day and bank holidays)


  • £280 per person

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

How to book

  • Book online here
  • Call us on 0344 225 1826

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

Know before you book

Important information before booking your Keeper for a Day experience:

  • Participants must be over 16 years old and have a reasonable level of fitness
  • Unfortunately wheelchair access is not available for this experience and participants must have good mobility. For more information please discuss with us when you book
  • Pregnant, nursing mothers or those that have given birth in the last 6 months are unable to take part
  • Appropriate closed toe footwear must be worn for the experience
  • The experience itinerary, content, duration and availability are subject to change without notice
  • Please arrive on time, 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.

2018 & 2019 Dates and Prices


Keeper for a Day at ZSL London Zoo starts at 8:45am, Monday – Friday all year round*

*except Christmas Day, New Year's Day and bank holidays

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£280 per person

Call for reservations 0344 225 1826 or book online here


More information:

Visit our frequently asked questions

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