Keeper / Junior Keeper Experience
Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a zoo keeper and care for exotic animals? Fancy finding out? Well here’s your chance! Zoo2U are now able to offer keeper experiences for anyone aged 13 and over. We also offer a junior keeper experience for the little zoologists in your family, ages 6 – 12!
The 3 hour (junior 2 and ½ hr) experience takes place at our Zoo2U Discovery Centre in Alsager (Cheshire). You will encounter a variety of exotic creatures during your experience that you will learn about and get involved in their daily husbandry and care. Whether it’s bathing a tortoise, nail clipping a hedgehog, feeding a snake or creating fun enrichment for the meerkats! No two experiences will be the same but all experiences will be extremely hands on, informative and fun!
You will have a choice from the following:
Standard Package - £59 for 1 person, or £99 for 2 people:
Premium Package - £79 for 1 person, or £129 for 2 people:
Mammals, Reptiles and Invertebrates
Zoo2U will run your Keeper experience at a date and time that is convenient to you. However due to the Zoo2U outreach commitments we recommend you book early and provide a list of 3 - 5 preferred dates. We will then get in touch and confirm the best date for everyone!
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Spectators: While watching from the sidelines, you will be able to take pictures throughout the experience. Please note that flash photography is not permitted. There will be a £10 fee for each spectatorBook or Buy Gift Voucher Now!
Your Keeper / Junior Keeper Experience - What to expect
Your keeper/junior keeper experience will be one to remember! To make sure you get the most out of it, here’s a few things you need to know before you arrive!
Clothing: Wear clothes and footwear that you don’t mind getting dirty. You will be mucking in with the mucking out! You will also get a chance to handle some of the animals. We will provide disposable gloves and apron and we also use foot dips in certain areas so close toed shoes are a must, even in the height of summer!
Arrival Time: You should aim to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of your experience.
Introduction: Brief introduction about the centre and the tasks you will be helping the keeper with. There will also be a health and safety talk.
Keeper/Junior keeper experience:
Under the close supervision of a Zoo2U keeper, you will get involved with cleaning, feeding and watering some of our wonderful animals. You will be given the opportunity to ask lots of questions throughout the experience, so don’t be shy as our staff love talking about the animals in their care! There will be the chance to create enrichment for a range of animals, as well as either health checking or grooming some of our residents that may like a bit of pampering!
Please note that if you are under the age 16 years old you must be accompanied by an adult. If the accompanying adult is not participating in the experience we ask for a £10 spectator fee. Photos are only permitted at certain times during the experience, please ask the keeper before you take any. We do not allow flash photography!
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Spectators: You are welcome to bring along a spectator (for a £10 fee) to accompany or to take photographs of your experience but please note that there is no flash photography allowed. We are also unable to allow spectators into the reptile room, due to its size. However, the reptile handling part of the experience will take part in the main room of the centre.