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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.

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Meet the Giraffes at ZSL London Zoo

Our Meet the Giraffes video shows you what to expect when you book this amazing animal experience at ZSL London Zoo

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Ever wondered what it's like to work with the giraffes day to day? Introducing our newer, BIGGER Giraffe Experience!

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 early 30 minutes before the Zoo opens to the public, you will be greeted by our team who will take you across to the griaffe 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! You will also have the opportunity to hand feed our giraffes some of the lovely herbs and flowers you've picked for them, of course! Be prepared to be awed by their size.

This is an intimate experience for up to four people only. It begins an hour before the Zoo opens and is perfect for giraffe lovers, family adventures and unbeatable dates.


The Experience:

  • 2 hour experience that runs daily from 9:30 am
  • Includes entry to the Zoo so that you can spend the rest of your day visiting our other animals
  • The opportunity to ask all of your pressing questions and learn everything you want to know about giraffes and zookeeping
  • Experience London Zoo behind the scenes
  • A chance to meet our gentle giants up close!


What we've done to keep you safe...

Our experience has been adapted to ensure that you don’t miss out on our exciting animal interactions whilst keeping both you and our animals safe. This includes keeping our capacity to four participants to ensure that we can socially distance throughout the experience and offering hand sanitiser throughout.

Click here to find out how the rest of the Zoo has been adapted.


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 Behind-the-Scenes: The Giraffe 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

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2021 Dates and Prices


Behind-the-Scenes: The Giraffe Experience takes place on selected dates year-round from 9:30 am - 11:30 am

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£135 per person

ZSL Gold members, Patrons and Fellows receive a 10% discount.

Call for reservations 0344 225 1826 or book online here