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Tel: 01983 403883
enquiries@isleofwightzoo.com

Isle of Wight Zoo,Yaverland Seafront
Sandown, Isle of Wight
PO36 8QB

Wildlife Experiences


Special Wildlife Experiences


Our special wildlife experiences are a perfect opportunity for anyone who has ever wanted to get a little closer to exotic wildlife, offering a magical and rare chance to come behind the scenes at the Isle of Wight Zoo for a once- in- a- lifetime encounter. 
Special animal experiences are available to suit most budgets . Pre-booking is advisable,and is essential for most of these experiences.




Experience vouchers are valid for  up to a year from the date of purchase.If you wish to purchase an experiences voucher as a gift  with a specific date in mind you can make a booking enquiry before buying the pack.

Big Cat Experience

An exciting opportunity to join our big cat keepers as they take you  on an exciting private tour behind the scenes at the Isle of Wight Zoo for an amazing chance to see some of our big cats up close.Learn about our tigers and lions ,hear about their individual personalities and stories.

Dont forget your camera as you will also be able to take your own unique photographs with unrivalled views of the big cats throughout the tour.

This unique experience lasts around approx 30/35mins.

This experience is for two people , but we are able to offer this experience for an individual booking.
Please call our retail team prior to booking should you wish to book a single person option.

PLEASE NOTE :Minimum age 16yrs for this experience.Timings of the tour may occasionally be subject change.  

Big Cat Training Experience

Come behind the scenes at the Isle of Wight Zoo and assist in the training of our big cats!

We use clicker training to encourage our cats to undertake simple tasks such as touching a stick with their paw or nose. This is a highly beneficial session to the cats as it enables their keepers can keep a closer eye on the cats health without the need for anesthetic.

The keepers practice clicker training with the cats daily, and you are invited to join them for a session. You will be feeding meat to the cats as a reward for correctly completing their task.

This experience is available for 1 or 2 people , please use the link below for further information.

Lemur Experience

 

Join our keepers for a memorable encounter with our ring tailed lemurs. Guided by their keeper you'll learn how to interact with these fascinating animals, who will do their best to pick your pockets and climb over you in their search for food.

The experience costs £75 for two participants and will require booking in advance in order to prepare the lemurs' diets. If you purchase a voucher gift pack online it will be valid for up to a year from the date of purchase. If you have a specific date in mind please give our friendly retail staff a call to  see if the date is available prior to purchase.

This experience is also available for one person, please use the link below for further information.

For further information or to book a lemur experience

Zookeeper for a day

Ever wondered what it would be like to be a zookeeper? If so, a Zookeeper for the Day experience could be perfect for you!


Our Zookeeper for the Day experience involves a cross-section of the animals we have here at the zoo. Our regular keepers might be asked to work on any of our animal sections, and you’ll be no different! Whether you’re chopping up fruit for the lemurs, sweeping up after the meerkats or taking observations on tiger behavior, you’ll get a unique insight into life behind the scenes at the zoo.

This experience must be booked in advance.

This experience is available all year round but bookings may occaisionally be subject to staff availability .If you have a specific date in mind early booking is advisable.
Winter month bookings maybe weather dependant , In the event of forecast adverse weather it maybe necessary to reschedule your booking .

Zookeeper for a day experience runs from 10am - 4pm and is for one person priced at £195

We now also offer this experience for two people priced at £290 .Please call our helpful retail team if you wish to book this experience for two people.

If you would like to purchase a Zookeeper for the day experience as a gift  you can buy this online today. 

Who can participate?

This experience is for people who are 16 or over. It is not suitable for pregnant women or nursing mothers.

If you have a mobility issue or learning disability please contact us before booking to discuss your needs.


For further information or to book a Keeper for a day experience


Junior keeper experience

Perfect for the budding future animal carer ,a three hour junior keeper experience to give youngsters aged between 8 and 16 yrs an opportunity to find out just what it takes to become a zoo keeper .
The child will be need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian throughout the experience , The parent or guardian will not take part in activities, but they will be able take photographs .
A refreshment break ( Drink & biscuit or fruit ) is included
Price of £150 includes child and 1 x adult .

This experience is also available for 2 children , 2 parents or gaurdians will be able to accompany the children throughout the experience but wil not be able to particpate in the activities. A great family experience priced at £225

This experience is available all year round but bookings may occaisionally be subject to staff availability .If you have a specific date in mind early booking is advisable.
Winter month bookings maybe weather dependant , In the event of forecast adverse weather it maybe necessary to reschedule your booking .

If you would like to book this experience for a family please call our friendly retail team who will be able to assist with your booking .