Be a zoo keeper for a day at London Zoo

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Address:
London Zoo, Outer Circle, Regent’s Park, London
Tel:
0344 225 1826

Dates and ticket price

Dates & Time:
22nd October 2018 30th December 2019 8.45 AM to 3.45 PM (Mon-Fri)
Tickets & Cost:
£280 per person
See zsl.org

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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 working with animals one day then this is a great way to see what it will be like because the keepers will allow you to get close to some of London Zoo's most popular animals, showing you 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 coatis. Obviously you won't be able to get close to all of the animals (...but would you really want to hand-feed a gorilla?), but you'll still be able to take a behind-the-scenes look at their enclosures.

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 event instead. You might also like to try volunteering at Spitalfields City Farm. They don't have any big zoo animals there (there are no lions or tigers, just farmyard animals like pigs and chickens), but it does have the considerable 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 review of London Zoo itself, which you might like to read before you go.

 

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> Craig’s review of London Zoo – “If you want to do London Zoo properly then you'll be walking around for 4-5 hours so you need to take it slow, because it's a proper zoo: there are no rides, no rollercoasters, no dolphins doing tricks with the kids. You just stand in front of the cages trying to find the animals, then you buy a stuffed monkey from the gift shop and go home. The aquarium is a nice pe… continued”

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