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

Meet the Lions experience includes:

  • Meet and feed an African lion
  • Behind the scenes access to Lions of the Serengeti 
  • 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.

There will be a maximum of four people taking part in the experience, giving you lots of time with the lion and zoo keeper.

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 inforamtion 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 guardian – 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. Carers will need to get a carer ticket. Please call 0344 225 1826
  • Wheelchair access is not available for this experience. For more information please discuss with us when you book
  • 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



  • Meet the Lions takes place at 3pm, Friday – Monday from April through to October. 


  • £84 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 Meet the Lions as a gift voucher. Please visit our online shop here to book as a gift for someone. 

2020 Dates will be on sale on 1st November 2019. 



    2019 Dates and Prices


    Meet the Lions takes place at 3pm, Friday – Monday
    from April through to October. 

    Book now >


    £84 per person

    Call for reservations 0344 225 1826 or book online here

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