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Junior Keeper for a Day (for two children)


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 than the adult keeper package, running from 10:00-15:00 and is more suitable for 8-15 year olds.

– 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

10:15 – 11:00 – Clean and feed the goats or reptile husbandry rounds (child chooses one in advance)
11:00 – 11:45 – Enrichment making – choice of gelada (throw in the enrichment) or tamarins (keepers to place the enrichment in the enclosure – child chooses one in advance)
11:45 – 12:45 – Lunch/private walk-around
12:45 – 13:15 – Otter feed
13:15 – 14:00 – Private close encounters
14:00 – 14:30 – Big cat tour
14: 30 – 14:45 – Big cat feed
14:45 – 15:00 – Meet the tapir or Mr Pickles the deer or lynx (child chooses one in advance)
15:00 – Finish

*Please note that the itinerary is subject to change, depending on animal welfare, weather patterns and staffing on the day. Your keeper will inform you of any changes to the itinerary during your induction. A parent/guardian will also need to be present throughout the experience.

To discuss available dates, please call 01752 837645 or email our team to confirm availability before purchasing. Please note, due to popular demand, some of our experiences may have a waiting time.

Now more than ever, Dartmoor Zoo needs your support to help feed your favourite animals and fund conservation work here and around the world.

Your purchase makes our vital work possible and we are incredibly grateful for your continued support.