Be a Keeper for a Day at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo


The only Keeper for a Day experience in the UK where you get to work with rhinos, giraffes and elephants all in one day!

£295 per person (April – October)

£149 (January-March)

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

During the full-day experience (April-October) you will work with an expert Zoo keeper who will show you how we look after some of our incredible animals, including rhinos, giraffe and elephants. During the winter period (January-March) you will  get to work with some of our more unusual animals which could include Camels, European Bison or our Butterflies.

Keeper for a Day at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo includes:

  • Fun packed 7.5 hour experience (6 hours January to March)
  • Amazing animal encounters and mucking out activities
  • 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


Meeting a rhino in the Keeper for a Day experience at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

What to expect on the day

At ZSL Whipsnade Zoo you can expect to work with some of the larger mammals, as well as some of our smaller animals. You'll have a quick briefing over breakfast and find out which animals you will be helping to look after for the day before heading out into the Zoo with your experienced keeper host.

Keeper for a Day duties do vary from day to day but a typical experience will start with you helping to muck out our Asian rhinos and Asian elephants, you will then visit our giraffes to feed them their mid-morning snack. Following a busy morning you will recharge over lunch before getting back out into the Zoo to help look after some of our other zoo animals. 

"It was a fabulous day, I was totally exhausted at the end but I have some great photos and brilliant memories!!"
ChrisnPat84, TripAdvisor

What animals will I work with?

During April-October you can expect to work with Rhinos, Elephants and Giraffes. During January to March you will be working with some of our more unusual animals such as Camels or Butterflies. Due to the nature of a working zoo, these animals can be subject to change. 

Important information to know before you book

  • 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 and nursing mothers 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 15 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.



2021 Dates and Prices


  • Monday – Friday from April through October (except bank holidays) working with Elephants, Rhinos and Giraffe
  • Selected weekdays Janauary - March working with our more unusual species e.g. camels and butterflies


  • £295 per person (April – October)
  • £149 per person (January - March)

Please note: ZSL Gold Members receive a 10% discount on this experience. Discount will be applied at checkout when you login or you can call us to book on 0344 225 1826 

How to book

  • Book online here
  • Call us on 0344 225 1826

We also offer Keeper for Day as a gift voucher for someone.