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!

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. We are the world's first scientific zoo!

Keeper for a Day at ZSL London Zoo includes:

  • Amazing animal encounters and behind-the-scenes activities
  • Led by a friendly and experienced Zoo Keeper Host
  • Complimentary breakfast, lunch and refreshments
  • Complimentary car parking 
  • A 'Keeper for a Day' t-shirt
  • 20% discount off zoo admission tickets for spectators
  • 10% off in our gift shop

What to expect on the day

This experience begins with a health and safety briefing, after getting kitted out in your keeper for a day outfit, you will find out from your host zoo keeper which animals you will be helping to look after for the day over breakfast. Keeper for a Day duties do vary, but a typical experience will start with you helping to muck out some animals in the morning, preparing enrichment, feeding various species and really getting to understand what our keepers do on a day to day basis. You will enjoy a hearty Zoo keepers lunch so no need to bring any food with you, if you have visitors in the zoo they are welcome to join you for lunch!

What we’ve done to keep you COVID safe on our experience…

Our Keeper for a Day experience has been adapted to ensure that you don’t miss out on our exciting animal interactions whilst keeping both you and our animals safe. Your experiece will be shared by a maximum of five participants to ensure that we can socially distance throughout the experience and get plenty of time with each of our animals! We also offer hand sanitiser throughout the experience. We ask that you bring your own masks to wear, as we will be entering indoor areas. Other PPE such as gloves will be available for participants where they are appropriate. If you are exempt from wearing a mask, please contact us by emailing

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


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
  • You must wear appropriate closed toe footwear for the experience
  • Pregnant or nursing mothers cannot participate in our animal experiences.
  • 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 attend 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.

Book NOW 


  • Keeper for a Day starts at 8:45am, on selected dates. Click "Book Now" to see our calendar of available dates or call us on 0344 225 1826.


  • £240 per person

Please note: ZSL Gold members receive a 10% discount on this experience. Guests staying overnight at our London Zoo Lodges can book onto the experience for £199. Please call us to book on 0344 225 1826 or email

How to book

  • Book online here
  • Call us on 0344 225 1826

2020-2021 Dates and Prices


Keeper for a Day at ZSL London Zoo starts at 8:45am on selected Fridays and Saturdays from January - September 2021

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£240 per person

Call for reservations 0344 225 1826 or book online here


More information:

Visit our frequently asked questions

Read terms and conditions