London Zoo — Be a zoo keeper for a day (Jan 2017)

Address:
, Outer Circle, Regent’s Park, London 51.535718 -0.155733
Dates & Time:
Adult version -- Monday to Friday all year round (8.45 AM to 3.45 PM)
Junior version -- Monday to Friday during the school holidays only (9.15 AM to 12.45 PM)
Tickets & Cost:
Adult version £280
Junior version (11-15) £170
See zsl.org for more information about the adult version, and zsl.org for the junior version
Tel:
0344 225 1826
Parking:
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Taxis:
Cab firms close to London Zoo
Buses:
274, C2
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Trains:
Baker Street (30 min walk, or 274 bus), Camden Town (15 min walk), Regent’s Park (20 min walk)
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London Zoo is No.4 in our list of London's best children's attractions

If you love animals and you've got money to burn (it's 280 quid!), then why not become a zoo keeper for a day? If you're hoping to get a job with animals one day, then this is a total no-brainer.

This interesting experience will allow you to get close to some of London Zoo's most popular animals, giving you with a look at what it's really like to work inside the enclosures.

Typical events throughout the day will include feeding and mucking out the giraffes, penguins, giant tortoises, meerkats and primates. The junior version will visit the giraffes, monkeys, llamas and pigs. Obviously you won't be able to get close to all of the animals (...but would you really want to hand-feed a gorilla?), so of the animals that you can't get near, you will enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at their enclosures instead.

This is very much a hands-on experience, so you must be reasonably fit. You will also be getting very close to the animals, so expect to get a bit dirty. Your group will consist of around five people, and you will be kitted out in overalls before being assigned to an experienced zookeeper.

If you quite like the idea of meeting the animals, but are baulking at the high price, then you might be interested in their meet the animals up-close event instead. You might also like to try volunteering at Spitalfields City Farm. They don't have any zoo animals there -- there are no lions or tigers, just farmyard animals like pigs and chickens -- but it has the advantage of being free.

Craig has never actually tried being a zoo keeper (he's not brave enough, fit enough, or rich enough!), but he has written a big review of London Zoo itself, which you might like to read before you go.

 

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Craig’s review – “Back to London Zoo today. I'm sitting here watching the giraffes getting fed at the moment. The zookeeper is walking around brushing all the leaves off the floor and the giraffes are dropping about a million more. He's a funny looking fella (the giraffe I mean, not the zookeeper). He's got two bony tufts coming out the top of his head and a neck that's longer than his… continued”

Read Craig’s London Zoo review

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