Tickle a Tapir

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Tickle a Tapir!

Take a trip back in time with our Tapir animal experience! These native creatures of Brazil have been around for 35 million years and now you can meet a whole family of them at our Hertfordshire Zoo. They are extremely friendly and inquisitive and they love a good tickle!

Your experience starts with welcome drinks in the Zoo HQ where you will be greeted by a member of our Animal Park team.  The keeper will escort you to the Tapir paddock for your health and a safety briefing. You’ll learn from one of our experienced zookeepers how to approach and feed the Tapirs using a few tasty snacks. You’ll also be able to ask questions and hear all about how these prehistoric-looking creatures are being protected from extinction.

Our keeper will be on hand to guide you through this amazing animal experience with our family of Brazilian Tapir. This is a real opportunity to get up close and personal with these giant softies as they lay at your feet waiting to be tickled. You will experience the docile nature of these odd looking creatures. Don’t forget your camera as there will be opportunities for your guide to take some shots of you tickling and feeding a Tapir before leaving the enclosure.

You can purchase an annual membership to the park online here.

Our Gift Vouchers can be redeemed across all of our experiences, including our Tickle A Tapir package! Perfect as a gift for friends or family.

The What to Know's

  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Minimum age: 10 years
  • Children under 14 years must be accompanied by a participating adult (age 16 years and over).
  • Participants under the age of 16 years must be accompanied on site by an adult with a valid day ticket.
  • Wheelchair accessible (further information required when booking)
  • Experience includes entry to the zoo for the day
  • Participants receive a certificate
  • We do not recommend participating if you are pregnant, due to the large size of the Tapirs.


Experience Prices

Each experience includes admission to the zoo, so you can spend the whole day to explore all of our facilities we have to offer around your experience if you wish.

You can bring guests who pay normal admission prices online in advance but cannot participate in the experience.

From: £99.00

Terms of Experience

Please read through our terms and conditions below regarding our experiences before booking.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, our Tickle a Tapir package includes a ticket to our park so once you're done with your experience you can enjoy & explore the rest of our animals.

Absolutely, this package is suitable for children as young as 10.

Yes! There will be opportunities for your guide to take photos of you tickling and feeding a tapir in the enclosure.




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