Meet The Animals At ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Meet the Giraffes

Make your day out at the Zoo even more memorable - Meet one of our incredible animals with one of our expert keepers.

Meet the Giraffes at Whipsnade Zoo

Whether feeding our giraffes or meeting one of our elephants, your experience is certain to be a fantastic one and will also be contributing to our vital conservation work around the world.

You could also treat a loved one to a Meet the Animals Gift pack. These gift packs include Zoo entry and a Meet the Animals experience for two people.

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KEEPER FOR A DAY

Our amazing Keeper for a Day experiences give you a once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with some of ZSL’s most popular animals. Get a unique insight into the day-to-day life of our keepers. 

Your experience includes:

  • A variety of animal encounters and mucking out activities
  • Led by a friendly and experienced Zoo Keeper Host
  • Complimentary lunch and refreshments
  • Exclusive Keeper for a Day t-shirt and ZSL Experiences Bag
  • 20% discount off general admission tickets for friends and family

 

Participant feeding an Asian Rhino

Call our team on 0344 225 1826 to book or find more information here

 

 

 

Family timeMeet the Elephants


Come face to face with the largest residents at the Zoo, the amazing Asian elephant, with this special Meet the Elephants experience.
 

£99 per person

This once in a lifetime opportunity lets you go behind the scenes at our amazing elephant house where you will get the chance to feed an elephant and ask an elephant keeper all about our elephant herd. 

 

Meet the Elephants experience includes:

  • Meet and feed an Asian elephant
  • Behind the scenes access to our Centre for Elephant Care
  • Meet an expert elephant keeper and discover more about our elephants
  • Kept to a maximum of six participants so you get quality time with the elephants and zoo keeper

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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 elephant keeper who will then take you behind the scenes at our state of the art Centre for Elephant Care. You will then help our zoo keeper feed an elephant whilst learning more about our elephant herd.

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

Tip: Please be aware that spectators are not permitted access to the behind the scenes area, however parts of the experience can be viewed from the indoor viewing area in the Centre for Elephant Care.


 

Is this experience suitable for me? 

Meet the Elephants is available for adults and children over the age of 3 years old and at least 3-foot in height; however children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a participating adult who also has a valid Meet the Elephants experience ticket. 

This experience is wheelchair accessible. Guests with carers can get a carer ticket which lets carers enter the behind the scenes area free of charge, but carers will not participate in the experience. To get a carer ticket please call 0344 225 1826.

Please note that pregnant or nursing mothers who have given birth within the previous six months cannot participate for health and safety reasons.


Availability

  • Meet the Elephants takes place at 4:30pm, Wednesday – Sunday and Bank holiday Mondays from May through September. 


Price

  • £99 per person

Please note: ZSL members receive a 10% discount on this experience. Please call us to book on 0344 225 1826 or email experienceenquiries@zsl.org


How to book

  • Book online here
  • Call us on 0344 225 1826

 

Know before you book

Important information before booking your Meet the Elephants experience:

  • Admission to the zoo is not included and must be purchased separately
  • Participants must be 3 years of age or older and at least 3ft in height
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a participating adult guardian – each adult must also have a valid Meet the Elephants ticket. No more than 2 children per adult
  • Pregnant or nursing mothers who have given birth within the previous six months 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 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

 

2019 Dates and Prices

Dates

Meet the Elephants takes place at 4:30pm, Wednesday – Sunday and Bank holiday Mondays from May through September. 

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Price

£99 per person


Call for reservations 0344 225 1826 or book online here


Asian elephant

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Mum and son feeding the giraffes for Meet the Giraffes experienceGet up close to the world's tallest animals with this special Meet the Giraffes experience.
 

£54 per person

Enjoy hand feeding our giraffes their lunch whilst an expert zoo keeper tells you about our giraffe herd, as well as some fascinating giraffe facts.


Meet the Giraffes experience includes:

  • Meet and hand-feed our giraffes
  • Meet an expert zoo keeper and discover more about our giraffes 
  • Kept to a maximum of six participants so you get quality time with the giraffes and zoo keeper

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

 

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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 to our special giraffe feeding area, which takes you up close to our giraffe herd. You will then help our zoo keeper hand feed the giraffe whilst learning more about this amazing species.

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

Tip: You will have plenty of opportunity to take some fantastic photographs so don’t forget to bring your camera!   

 

Is this experience suitable for me?

Meet the Giraffes is available for adults and children over the age of 3 years old and at least 3-foot in height; however children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a participating adult who also has a valid Meet the Giraffes experience ticket. 

This experience is wheelchair accessible and guests with carers can get a carer ticket which lets carers enter the VIP area free of charge, but carers will not participate in the experience. To get a carer ticket please call 0344 225 1826.

Please note that pregnant or nursing mothers who have given birth within the previous six months cannot participate for health and safety reasons.


Availability

  • Meet the Giraffes takes place at 12:15pm, daily from May through to October. 


Price

  • £54 per person

Please note: ZSL members receive a 10% discount on this experience. Please call us to book on 0344 225 1826 or email experienceenquiries@zsl.org


How to book

  • Book online here
  • Call us on 0344 225 1826

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

 

Know before you book

Important information before booking your Meet the Giraffes experience:

  • Admission to the zoo is not included and must be purchased separately
  • Participants must be 3 years of age or older and at least 3 feet tall to take part
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a participating adult guardian – each adult must also have a valid Meet the Giraffes ticket. No more than 2 children per adult
  • Pregnant or nursing mothers who have given birth within the previous six months cannot participate
  • Participants with learning or visual impairment must be accompanied by a carer. Accompanying carers can enter the VIP 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 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
  • The experience takes place outdoors so please check the weather on the day of your visist and dress accordingly
  • Please see our full terms and conditions for more information

If you have any questions about booking please feel free to contact us.

2019 Dates and Prices

Dates

Meet the Giraffes takes place at 12:15pm, daily from May through to the end of October. 

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Price

£54 per person


Call for reservations 0344 225 1826 or book online here
 

Giraffes at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
You can also meet:

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!


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. 

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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.
 

Is this experience suitable for me? 

Meet the Lions is available for adults and children over the age of 12 years old; however children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a participating adult who also has a valid Meet the Lions experience ticket. 

Unfortunately this experience is not wheelchair accessible. Guests with carers can get a carer ticket which lets carers enter the behind the scenes area free of charge, but carers will not participate in the experience. To get a carer ticket please call 0344 225 1826.

Please note that pregnant or nursing mothers who have given birth within the previous six months cannot participate for health and safety reasons.

 

Availability

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


Price

  • £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 experienceenquiries@zsl.org


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.   

 

Know before you book

Important information before booking your Meet the Lions experience:

  • 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 who have given birth within the previous six months 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

2019 Dates and Prices

Dates

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

Book now >


Price

£84 per person


Call for reservations 0344 225 1826 or book online here


African lions

You can also meet:

Meet the Tigers

Amur tiger at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo


Get up close and feed one of the world's most renowned big cats, the Amur tiger, with a special Meet the Tigers experience.

£84 per person

This is a once in a lifetime experience to meet and feed a beautiful Amur tiger. Hosted by an expert zoo keeper, you'll get a unique insight into the life of an Amur tiger and the chance to ask questions about these incredible animals. 
 

Meet the Tigers experience includes:

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

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

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What to expect on the day

This 20 minute VIP experience begins with a health and safety briefing from our expert zoo keeper. You will then help our zoo keeper feed an Amur tiger 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 tiger and zoo keeper.

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

 

Is this experience suitable for me?

Meet the Tigers is available for adults and children over the age of 12 years old; however children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a participating adult who also has a valid Meet the Lions experience ticket. 

The experience is wheelchair accessible. Guests with carers can get a carer ticket which lets carers enter the behind the scenes area free of charge, but carers will not participate in the experience. To get a carer ticket please call 0344 225 1826.

Please note that pregnant or nursing mothers who have given birth within the previous six months cannot participate for health and safety reasons.

 

Availability 

  • Meet the Tigers takes place at 10:30am on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from April through October 


Price

  • £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 experienceenquiries@zsl.org


How to book

  • Book online here
  • Call us on 0344 225 1826

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

 

Know before you book

Important information before booking your Meet the Tigers experience:

  • 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 who have given birth within the previous six months 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

2019 Dates and Prices

Dates

Meet the Tigers takes place at 10am on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from April through October. 

Book now >


Price

£84 per person


Call for reservations 0344 225 1826 or book online here


An amur tiger at whipsnade

You can also meet:

 

The perfect gift for the animal lover in your life: a Meet the Animals Gift pack. These gift packs include Zoo entry for two people and one Meet the Animals experience for two people. The recipient of the voucher can choose which ZSL Zoo they wish to visit and which Meet the Animals experience they want to take part in (experiences do differ between the two Zoos).

Once your order has been placed the voucher will be sent out to the address specified within five working days.

There are two types of voucher:

Gift Pack 1 - £125 for two people.

Your gift pack includes the following:

  • Two entry tickets to either ZSL London Zoo or ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.
  • Two tickets for one Meet the Animals experience: you can choose one of the following Meet the Giraffes (LZ or WZ), Meet the Penguins (LZ only), Meet the Meerkats (LZ only),  or Meet the Rainforest (LZ only)
  • Our gift vouchers are valid for one year from the date of purchase.
  • Age limits and restrictions do apply for our Meet the Animals experiences. Please see our terms and conditions for more details.

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Gift Pack 2 - £165 for two people.

Your gift pack includes the following:

  • Two entry tickets to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.
  • Two tickets for one Meet the Animals experience: you can choose one of the following Meet the Lions or Meet the Tigers.
  • Our gift vouchers are valid for one year from the date of purchase.
  • Age limits and restrictions do apply for our Meet the Animals experiences. Please see our terms and conditions for more details.

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