Meet the Lions at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

African lions at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo


Meet the Lions

Be one of the privileged few to get up close and feed our pride of African lions with our special Meet the Lions experience.



£84 per person

Go behind the scenes with one of our expert zoo keepers and spend time getting to know the lions in our pride, learn more about lions and feed them a tasty snack.

This is a truly once in a life time experience!

Please note: Children MUST be over the age of 12 years old to participate and must be accompanied by a participating adult (maximum of 2 children per adult)

Meet the Lions experience includes:

  • Meet and feed an African lion
  • Meet an expert zoo keeper and discover more about our lions
  • Kept to a maximum of four participants so you get quality time with the lion and zoo keeper

Please note that admission to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is not included and must be purchased separately. 


What to expect on the day

This 20 minute VIP experience begins with a health and safety briefing from our expert zoo keeper who will then take you behind the scenes at the African lions exhibit. You will then help our zoo keeper feed a lion whilst learning more about these amazing animals.

Tip: Meet the Lions takes place behind the scenes and due to the small group size, spectators are not permitted access to this area.

Important information to know before you book

  • Admission to the zoo is not included and must be purchased separately
  • Participants must be 12 years of age or older 
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a participating adult – each adult must also have a valid Meet the Lions ticket. No more than 2 children per adult
  • Pregnant or nursing mothers cannot participate
  • Participants with learning or visual impairment must be accompanied by a carer. Accompanying carers can enter the behind the scenes area free of charge but will not participate in the experience. 
  • Wheelchair access is not available for this experience.
  • Please see our full terms and conditions for more information


  • Meet the Lions takes place at 11am, on Thursdays and Sundays throughout the year.


  • £84 per person

Please note: ZSL Gold members, Patrons and Fellows receive a 10% discount on this experience. This discount will be added automatically at checkout when you sign in using your registered email address. If you are having problems please call us on  0344 225 1826.

How to book

  • Book online here
  • Call us on 0344 225 1826

We also offer Meet the Lions as a gift voucher. Please visit our online shop here to book as a gift for someone. 


    2020 Dates and Prices


    Meet the Lions takes place at 11am, Thursdays and Sundays throughout the year.

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    £84 per person

    Call for reservations 0344 225 1826 or book online here

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