Animal Experiences

Choose from our range of amazing animal experiences and encounters here at Dartmoor Zoo. They make ideal gifts and many are available on a '2 for 1' basis so you can give the gift and enjoy it yourself. Whether you want to get hands-on with Big Cat Keeper for a Day or simply make the most of your visit with a leisurely Meet the Tigers we have the ideal gift experience for you.


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Meet the Tigers - £149 (Two for One!)


- A fantastic close encounter with our tigers -

- Learn all about their characters and history at the zoo -

- Re-live an iconic scene from "We Bought a Zoo" -

- Enjoy the rest of the zoo at your leisure -


This fantastic experience is for individuals or groups of up to six people. The entire experience lasts for around 20-30 mins. During that time you'll meet one of our keepers and get up-close and personal with the tigers behind the scenes for an encounter you'll never forget. Price also includes free access to the rest of the zoo and a free lunch in our Jaguar restaurant.


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 Keeper for a Day - £199 (Two for One!)

Keeper for a day experience at Dartmoor Zoo

- A full-on day as a zoo keeper -
- Get fully involved in feeding and care -
- Learn about all the different species -
- Enjoy lunch in the Jaguar Restaurant -
- Get a certificate of your achievement -

You'll be working alongside our expert zoo keeping team caring for a wide variety of species. You'll learn about animal diet and nutrition, husbandry and our comprehensive training and enrichment programmes that keep our animals healthy and happy. This is a very hands-on experience so be prepared for a bit of hard work and dress appropriately. But don't worry, you'll have plenty of time to take some memorable photos.

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 Junior Keeper for a Day - £199 (Two for One!)

Junior Keeper for a experience day at Dartmoor Zoo

- A fun and educational day as a zoo keeper -
- Get fully involved in feeding and care -
- Learn about all the different species -
- Enjoy lunch in the Jaguar Restaurant -
- Get a certificate of your achievement -

A day for the younger enthusiasts working alongside our keepers with a variety of species. You'll take part in feeding selected animals and cleaning their enclosures as well as creating some fun enrichment. This is less demanding then the adult keeper package, runs from 10:00-15:00 and is more suitable for 8-15 year olds.

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  DZP Rangers - £135 (OR £200 for 2)


- 3 full days at the zoo for 6-12 year olds -
- Get involved in feeding small mammals -
- Learn all about our different animal species -
- Enjoy lunch in the Jaguar Restaurant -
- Get a certificate of your achievement - 

The ‘DZP Rangers’ is a fully interactive, three day workshop that will have kids thrilled with animal encounters and activities designed to engage, educate and entertain. Open to children aged 6-12 and available during all the school holidays, DZP Rangers provides parents with a fascinating, fun and educational alternative to childcare. Led by fully qualified teachers and teaching assistants the three-day workshops will keep the kids busy and entertained from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  For more information on DZP Rangers click >> here


Rangers Academy - £250 (OR £400 for 2)


- Open to students aged 13 to 18 -
- 5 days of Animal management experience -
 - Individual Reference from Zoo management-
- Enjoy discounted lunch in the Jaguar Restaurant -
- Get a certificate of your achievement - 

Running from Monday to Friday, Rangers Academy is a full week packed with practical activities, lectures and animal encounters; giving you a range of exciting new skills (perfect for adding to your CV)! The maximum intake for each course is 12 students, ensuring a much more personal experience, giving you the chance to get up close and hands on with some of the species in our collection.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  For more information on Rangers Academy click >> here


 Big Cat Keeper for a Day - £299 (Two for One!)

Big cat Keeper for a day experience at Dartmoor Zoo

- A full-on day as a Big Cat zoo keeper -
- Get involved in feeding the cats -
- Learn all about our four different species -
- Enjoy lunch in the Jaguar Restaurant -
- Get a certificate of your achievement -

This is a hard work, hands on, all day experience. You'll be working with our expert big cat team caring for the widest variety of big cats in the south west of England. You'll learn all about the different characters, their history at the zoo as well as the fine balance of the feeding routine and training that is so important to keeping big cats healthy and happy. Not for the fainthearted, this is an amazing experience that will live with you forever.

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 The VIP 'We Bought a Zoo' Tour - £495 (For Two People)

VIP, We Bought a Zoo tour at Dartmoor Zoo

In 2007 Director, Benjamin Mee committed the story of Dartmoor Zoo to writing in the best-selling book, “We Bought a Zoo.” It has since sold all over the world in over 20 languages.

In 2009, this fascinating story came to the attention of Hollywood producers and in 2010, the movie of the same name starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson was released in the USA and later in the UK in March 2012.

The screen adaptation was crafted for an American audience and set in sunny California but despite the change of location, the Oscar-winning writer/director Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous) remained true to the spirit of the original story.

Since that time, Benjamin Mee has become a popular choice as a public speaker, sharing his unique story with a variety of audiences around the world.

Now you can hear this fascinating story as well as all the highs and lows of keeping Dartmoor Zoo alive over the past seven years first hand from Benjamin himself in a guided VIP tour of the zoo.

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Customer Comments...

"My Girlfriend and I visited the Zoo in December 2014. I has spent many hours emailing the Zoo setting up my proposal and also booking the VIP Tour. The proposal went better then expected all the staff and animals there were brilliant we couldn't have asked the day to have gone any better. I highly recommend the tour, and would also recommend speaking to the staff if you wanted anything special organised, as they are a full devoted and dedicated team who are outstanding!! Great day out!!" Jonathan Nesbitt

"We did the junior keeper experience and I’d like to provide some feedback. The boys were given VIP treatment through out the day and the staff were very welcoming. It was so nice to feel such a close part of the team who are clearly all very passionate about what they do. I feel it was great value for money, and I will certainly be spreading the word on what a great day we had.Comment from James “ I had the best day ever and when I grown up I want to be a zoo keeper just like Justin” Well done and thank you Dartmoor Zoo" Nikki, John and James


“We have just had the great privilege of doing this today. It was one of the most amazing days I have ever had. Ray and I were so looked after by Laura and Kate - thank you so much and I can definitely recommend the experience. I fully intend to do this again. It was great" - Bellas Pet Supplies

"Thanks for the amazing day on Sunday doing the big cat keeper experience. The staff went out of their way to make us feel welcome and we enjoyed every minute of it. I would definitely recommend it to everyone.” - Michelle Grieves

"We had a brilliant day and would like to thank the girls who took us round the zoo. We met Ben and he signed his book for us too which was cool. The animals in this zoo are amazing, I totally fell in love with the tigers. Thanks again for making sunday so brilliant!” - Linzi & Chris

Booking Recommendations:

To book the date for your experience, please check the 'View Dates' calendar and then call us on 01752 837645 to book it. We look forward to seeing you on your experience day.

Terms and Conditions


  • If you wish to cancel a confirmed Experience, please do so in writing at least five (5) working days prior to your Experience date. A refund will be paid minus a £20 administration fee.
  • Cancellations under five (5) working days’ notice from the Experience date will be charged in full and no refund will be issued.


  • Experience date amendments under 5 working days’ notice from the Experience date will be charged an administration fee of £20.
  • Experiences bought via outside parties (eg Virgin) have their own refund/cancellation policies over which Dartmoor Zoo has no control.
  • All Experiences are booked on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • Your Experience involves working environments. On rare occasions unforeseen circumstances may necessitate postponement of your Experience at short notice. In this event you will be contacted via email or phone as soon as possible. We recommend that you check your messages and emails regularly before your visit in case we have contacted you.
  • Minimum age limits are as follows: Meet the Tigers 8+ , Keeper for a Day 16+ and Big Cat Keeper for a Day 18+.
  • Junior Keeper for a Day has a minimum age of 8 years old. A guardian must be present throughout the Experience.
  • Full admission price must be paid for any guests not booked on to the Experience.

        16th March 2017.