Elephant Keeper Experience

30 Oct 2018 08:30 - 12:30

Join our incredible elephant zookeeping team on 30 October or 7 November and spend time caring for our majestic Asian elephant herd on this behind the scenes VIP Elephant Keeper Experience.

This once in a lifetime opportunity lets you go behind the scenes where you will get the chance to join the elephant keeping team for a morning.

During this four-hour experience you will work with an expert zookeeper who will show you how we look after our elephant herd and involve you in incredible encounters. 


Tuesday 30 October
Wednesday 7 November

Tickets are strictly limited so book early to avoid disappointment

New Elephant Keeper Experience includes:

  • Fun packed four-hour experience with the elephants and keepers 
  • Amazing animal encounters and mucking out activities
  • Behind the scenes access to our Centre for Elephant Care
  • Led by a friendly and experienced Zookeeper 
  • Complimentary lunch and refreshments
  • Complimentary car parking 
  • Goody bag
  • 20% discount off Zoo admission tickets for spectators 
  • Kept to a maximum of two participants so you get quality time with the elephants and feel part of the zookeeper team.


What to expect on the day

This VIP experience begins at 8.30am. You'll get kitted out in your zookeeper outfit and given a briefing before heading to see the elephants with your keeper host.

Our Zookeeper will then take you behind the scenes at our state of the art Centre for Elephant Care. You will then help our Zookeepers whilst learning more about our elephant herd.

Duties include hosing down the elephants, observing and getting involved with elephant care, mucking out and joining the team during their important morning tea break!

There will be a maximum of two people taking part in the experience, giving you lots of time with the elephants and Zookeepers.

At the end of your Elephant Keeper Experience, you will be given food vouchers to get yourself a hearty meal in our Base Camp and then you will be free to explore the rest of ZSL Whipsnade Zoo in the afternoon.



£250 per person (only two people per experience)
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


Know before you book

Important information before booking your Elephant Encounter:

  • Please note that ZSL’s health and safety policy restricts participants from going inside the enclosure with the herd or touching the elephants. 
  • Participants must be over 16 years old and have a reasonable level of fitness
  •  Wheelchair access is not available for this experience and participants must have good mobility. For more information please discuss with us when you book 
  • Pregnant, nursing mothers or those that have given birth in the last 6 months are not permitted to take part 
  • 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
  • Appropriate closed toe footwear must be worn for the experience
  • Please arrive on time, we advise guests arrive at least 10 minutes before the experience begins
  • See our full terms and conditions for more information

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


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