Keeper Insight Experience at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Ever wanted to get behind the scenes and see what our keepers get up to? Now is your chance with our new Keeper Insight Experience at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. You will spend the day shadowing one of our senior keepers and getting involved with some of our more unusual species which could include nilgai, gaur or species like our butterflies!

Starting at 9am you will be met by your host, be briefed on the day ahead and then set off for your first task. After spending the morning mucking out you will break for a hot lunch before an afternoon of more activities that could include preparing feeds or enrichment. The experience will finish at 3pm which still gives you time in the Zoo before closing time (times vary, please see here for Zoo closing times).

Price: £149 per person (10% discount for members automatically applied at checkout)

Your experience includes :

  • A variety of behind the scenes activities including mucking out, feed preparation and enrichment making.
  • Led by a friendly and experienced Zookeeper host
  • Hot lunch included
  • Exclusive ZSL experiences bag to take home
  • 20% discount off general admission tickets for friends and family (when booked in advance)

Please note this experience is available on selected weekdays, January to March 2018 at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo only.


  • Participants must be over 16 years old and have a reasonable level of fitness.
  • Participants must have good mobility and not require a wheelchair.
  • Pregnant, nursing mothers or those that have given birth in the past six months are unable to take part.

Terms and Conditions:

Once a date has been booked a full refund or date change will be made as long as it is a minimum of 14 days before the date of the experience. After this time, only exceptional circumstances will be considered for date changes, extensions or refunds.

All refunds are made to the card that the experience was purchased with.

The participant’s name can be exchanged providing ZSL is given a minimum of seven days’ notice. If the person who arrives does not match our records they will not be allowed admittance onto the experience.

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