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Encounters at the Animal Zone

Book a hands on encounter with some of your favourite animals. Do you love animals and want to get a bit closer? Here at Rodbaston Animal Zone we offer a range of exclusive animal encounters and experiences to get you closer to the wildlife.

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‘Meet Our Animals’ Experience

Get up close to our majestic Ring-tailed lemurs, our hungry meerkats and our friendly, but scaly reptiles.

Our VIP encounter’s include a 30-minute feeding session and a personal talk from the keeper.

Prices for a VIP experience:
  • One person: £40, which includes one free adult admission whilst accompanying child of 5-12 years.
  • Additional people – £30 per person (up to a maximum of 4 people in one party)
  • A 20% discount will be applied for a lemur experience and a meerkat experience booked to be conducted together on the same day.
Availability:
  • Lemur experiences available between 11.30am and 1.30pm daily.
  • Meerkat experiences available between 1.30pm and 3.30pm daily
  • Reptile experiences available between 10 am and 12pm and 1.30pm to 3.30 pm daily.

VIP experiences are available to adults and children over 5 years of age. Children between 5 and 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

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A snake

‘Face your Fear’ Experience

Scared of snakes? Terrified of tarantulas? Creeped out by creepy crawlies? Our ‘Face Your Fears’ experience is a 30-minute encounter with a range of different reptile and invertebrate species all designed to help you face some of your fears.

Prices:
  • One person: £40, which includes one free adult admission whilst accompanying child of 5-12 years.
  • Additional people £30 per person (up to a maximum of 4 people in one party)
Availability:

Experiences available between 11.30am and 12.30pm and 2.00pm and 3.30pm

Package includes:

  • Private access to the Zoo’s off show reptile area.
  • The opportunity to interact with and handle some of the animals under the guidance and supervision of one of our experienced keepers.
  • An age-appropriate private talk from an animal keeper.
  • Souvenir certificate of Face Your Fear Experience

Children between 5 and 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Become a Junior Keeper for the day

Are you an aspiring zookeeper? Would you like to have a hands-on experience at Rodbaston Animal Zone? We are delighted to offer a junior Zoo Keeper experience!

Available to those aged 7 – 15, the experience is perfect for those who want to get up close to some of the most incredible animals in the world! From the cute and cuddly to the wild and wonderful, our junior keepers will work alongside our expert keepers to interact and care for some of our 600 animals! From lizards to lemurs, monkeys to meerkats, there’s something for everyone!

The cost of this experience is £50 per person

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Become an Adult Keeper
for the day

Available to ages 16 years + this experience is perfect for people who would love to get up close to some of the Animal Zones favourite species!

Your experience includes:
  • 9am – 1pm exclusive keeper experience
  • Feeding some of our most loved animals alongside our keepers
  • Undertaking of daily keeper tasks to ensure the animals are well cared for
  • Participating in enrichment activities for our animal
  • Participate in animal handling and training
  • Meeting and handling of reptiles
  • Discounted refreshments
  • Access to the Animal Zone after your encounter for the remainder of the day

The cost of this experience is £65 per person