Into Africa

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Into Africa offers the opportunity to come eye to eye with some of Africa’s most unusual animals. Giraffes, zebras, okapis, pygmy hippos, warthogs and African hunting dogs all feature in this exciting exhibit.

Observe the elegance and grace of the giraffes from the viewing platform, taking in the African-like surroundings from a giraffe’s viewpoint.

Giraffe at ZSL London Zoo


A close-up of a African Hunting Dog at ZSL London Zoo.

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Meghan the okapi with keeper Gemma

Meghan the okapi celebrates World Okapi Day 2018!

Meghan the okapi on her first birthday

Meghan the okapi celebrated her first birthday on 3 December 2018 with tasty treats from keepers.

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(Previously known as Behind-the-Scenes: The Giraffe Experience)

Ever wondered what it's like to work with the giraffes day to day? Now's your chance to step behind-the-scenes for a truly unique giraffe experience!

How long do giraffes sleep for? What’s their favourite food? How on earth do you carry out a veterinary health check on them? Join one of our experts behind-the-scenes and ask away as you jump into keeper life and explore just what it takes to look after these graceful giants.


What to expect

You will be experiencing exactly what it's like to be a giraffe keeper! Arriving before the Zoo opens to the public, you will be greeted by our team who will take you across to the giraffe house to introduce you to our residents, Maggie and Molly.

Brooms and rakes in hand, you will get mucked in, helping to clean out their dens. Learn how to make a tasty browse bundle, head down to the fragrant herb garden to pick some tasty treats, and make up some enrichment for the giraffes! Be prepared to be awed by their size.

This is an intimate experience for up to four people only. Beginning before the Zoo opens to the general public, this experience is perfect for giraffe lovers and quirky dates. Your tickets also include entry to the Zoo for the rest of the day so that you can explore all of our other 20,000+ animals!


To protect our animals, staff and visitors, we will require all participants on this experience to wear masks and gloves. Hand sanitiser will also be provided to wash your hands before and after the experience. Please do not visit the Zoo if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, and contact us to rearrange your experience.


Giraffe Keeper


Dates and Prices

April - October

The experience runs on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9:30 am - 11:30 am

£135 per person

Gold members, patrons, and fellows are entitled to a 10% discount

November - March

The experience runs on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9:30 am - 11:00 am

£110 per person

Gold members, patrons and fellows are entitled to a 10% discount


Know Before You Book:

  • Children must be at least 8 years of age to take part.
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult who must also purchase a Giraffe Keeper experience ticket. There must be no more than 2 children per adult. 

  • You must wear appropriate closed toe footwear to take part in the experience.
  • Pregnant or nursing mothers cannot participate. 
  • Free carer tickets must be obtained in advance and can be purchased over the phone only. Please call 0344 225 1826 to book.
  • Please see our full terms and conditions for more information

If you have any questions about booking please feel free to phone us on 0344 225 1826 or email


Dates and Prices


April-October, this experience runs Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 9:30 - 11:30 am

November-March, this experience runs Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 9:30 - 11 am



Call for reservations 0344 225 1826 or book online here