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)

Important information about your experiences:

Due to current Covid 19 Health and Safety guidance it is mandatory for you to wear a facemask to take part in this experience. We recommend that you bring one with you for your visit. Unfortunately if you are unable to wear a facemask due to being on the list of current government exemptions we are unable to allow you to take part in our Meet the Lions experience at this time. This is to ensure both your safety and that of our animals.

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



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, Fellows and Patrons receive a 10% discount on this experience. If you are part of the ZSL family, use discount code MTAMem10 at checkout and your 10% discount will automatically be applied when logging in with the email address registered to your membership. Having trouble booking? 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 for someone.


    2021 Dates and Prices


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

    Book now >


    £84 per person

    Call for reservations 0344 225 1826 or book online here

    African lions

    You can also meet: