Shadow a Zookeeper Experience

Shadow a zookeeper

If you're crazy about animals then we have the perfect opportunity for you. Become a member of our animal team here at our very own Hertfordshire Zoo by shadowing a zookeeper for the day.

What better way to get hands on than with our Shadow a Zookeeper for a day experience? Experience the day to day running of Hertfordshire Zoo for yourself whilst getting the chance to meet some of the planet’s rarest creatures from our magnificent Big Cats to our gorgeous Meerkats.

You’ll experience what it’s like to be a zookeeper for a day as you accompany one of our keepers; helping them out with all aspects of being a zookeeper by preparing feeds, cleaning enclosures and aiding the animals with important daily exercise. And if all of that wasn’t quite enough for you, you’ll also get the chance to watch our Big Cat feed!

This fun and exciting day starts with complimentary refreshments on arrival in our Zoo HQ before being greeted by one of our Animal Park team members who will give you a full health and safety briefing and explain to you in more detail the timetable of your days’ animal activities.

A delicious lunch will be provided for you in Safari Sam’s restaurant and at the end of your day, you will be presented with a certificate as a memento of your day.

You can purchase an annual membership to Hertfordshire Zoo online here.

Our Gift Vouchers can be redeemed across our experiences, excluding our Shadow a Zookeeper experience! Perfect as a gift for friends or family.


  • Duration: 5 hours. 9 am start.
  • Minimum age: 14 years
  • Participants under the age of 16 years must be accompanied on site by an adult with a valid day ticket.
  • Please note that there is no active involvement in our carnivores section – Big Cats and Wolves.
  • All participants will receive a certificate to remember your special experience.

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: £199.00

Terms of Experience

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Starting at 9 am, this experience lasts for 5 hours.

You will be given a voucher to use either in our Catering or Retail areas




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