The Komodo Dragon Experience

Ever wondered what it's like to work with a fierce Komodo dragon day to day? Now's your chance to step into a keeper’s shoes and head behind-the-scenes for a truly unique experience!

Komodo dragons are the biggest lizards in the world and our resident Komodo dragon, Ganas, is nothing short of big in personality too! 

Arriving before the Zoo opens, join one of our experienced keepers as they take you through their morning routine with Ganas and give you some personal insight into what it’s like to work with this truly unique and incredible species!


What to expect

You will be experiencing exactly what it's like to be a Komodo dragon keeper! Arriving early at 9am, an hour before the Zoo opens to the public, you will be welcomed into the site and taken across to our Komodo Dragon House to introduce you to Ganas, our resident Komodo dragon.

You’ll get mucked in, see how we train Ganas, make up some enrichment and lay out scent trails, and prepare a big meal for him.

Beginning an hour before the Zoo opens, this is perfect for reptile lovers and adventurers! By the time the Zoo opens for the day, you’ll have a greater insight into our Zoo than anyone. You are welcome to explore the rest of the Zoo for the remainder of the day.

 The Experience

  • One hour experience available just twice per month from 9am.
  • Experience London Zoo behind the scenes
  • £110 per person with a 10% discount for Gold Members, Patrons, and Fellows
  • Includes entry to the Zoo so that you can spend the rest of your day visiting our other animals
  • Discover why Komodo dragons are one of the most resilient species in the world and have the opportunity to ask all of your pressing questions!

Know Before You Book

  • Participants must be at least 14 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 Dragon’s Den experience ticket.
  • 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


The experience takes place from 9 am on selected weekdays, fortnightly.


£110 per person. Includes entry to the Zoo. 

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

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