Twycross Zoo - Follow Your Heart

Opening Times: 10am - 5pm

Charity Heart

Twycross Zoo is a registered charity (number 501841) which exists to support conservation, education and research.

Keeper for a Day

As part of you Keeper for the day experience you will get to meet some of our biggest, most majestic and unfortunately some of the most endangered species. You will have the chance to help out the keepers to take care of our critically endangered Eastern black rhino, and work around giraffes or zebras. You can learn about one of the world’s rarest big cats, the Amur leopard and the top predator of the Himalaya, the snow leopard. You will join animal keepers to feed some of our other carnivores, like our always-active bush dogs, our troop of meerkats (which is officially called a mob or gang) or our rarely seen yellow-throated martens. You can come up close to wallabies and help the keepers to feed them, while learning about these very special Australian mammals, who have babies sized like a jellybean. And, of course, you can’t miss our new, multi-million pound tiger habitat either, and you can hear stories from the keepers about these fantastic and endangered species.

However, zookeeper life is not all about watching and feeding! Our busy keepers need a hand with the dirty bit as well… You will help with the cleaning of some of the primate enclosures: sweeping, scrubbing, mopping, while you will be watched by many monkey eyes! Hope you will do a great job! Once the enclosures are cleaned its then time to give them their breakfast and checking on them all. Our primates come in all shapes and forms, from mouse sized pygmy marmosets to the biggest of gibbons, the siamang. But they share one trait: they are all very intelligent. It is therefore important for us to keep them busy and entertained and you certainly could join in! It may be hiding the food in the enclosure, it may be scattering it in their outside area or throwing it up on the roof to motivate them to climb, hang and jump. We want you to learn about their personalities, what excites them and how they make our zookeeper’s life full of fun (and sometimes a bit of chaos).

The biggest of primates – and our closest relatives – definitely can’t be missed. At the end of the day we are THE great ape zoo in the UK, the only place where you can meet all four of them: chimpanzees, orang-utans, bonobos and gorillas. You will meet an ape keeper and take a stroll through the zoo up to our amazing Chimp Eden building, the home of our two chimp groups. Maybe the most famous of all of our animals, they are nothing like you would imagine – noisy, funny, scary and super-intelligent. You will watch a group training session and hear from the keepers about how we train our apes for voluntary medical procedures. If you ever wondered how to train your dog (or your child?) solely in a positive way, these guys can teach you a few tricks! You will then go to our gorillas to view the family playing and socialising in the off show area whilst the keepers give the apes some of their favourite fruit tea and chat about our gorilla family. They are a really funny bunch and especially the two young boys love to mess around, while the adults try to enjoy some quiet food time. Oh, and if you are really lucky you can hear one of them signing or grumbling (it’s awesome)! The rarest of all apes in zoos is certainly the bonobos and the only place in the UK where you can see them is right here at Twycross Zoo. You not only can learn about their unique social structure (where the females are boss), but you will also help to feed one of our Bonobo groups. Just to make sure you don’t miss anything, you will head to the Orang-utan house to meet our family of Orang-utans and watch the babies playing.

Keeper for a Day experiences are available for up to 2 adults (from the same household). £195 per adult. 

Terms & Conditions

  • Minimum age is 18 years
  • The experience is available on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
  • The experience includes zoo admission. Please note any accompanying family or friends will be charged normal entrance price and will not be allowed access to the zoo until normal opening time at 10am.
  • The Keeper Experience is only valid on the date of booking. If you do not redeem the Keeper Experience on the date it is booked for, it will cease to be valid and no refund or extension will be offered.
  • Session lengths are approximate and may vary, depending on day-to-day requirements of specific departments.
  • Twycross Zoo reserves the right to amend, change or cancel bookings at its discretion.
  • The health and safety of our animals is our number one priority therefore we ask that anyone suffering or showing symptoms of a contagious disease (Covid-19, flu, cold etc) do not take part in the experience. Twycross Zoo reserves the right to refuse entry and we ask that you contact us before your visit, re-book and do not attend the experience or zoo whilst ill.
  • We ask that guests over the age of 11 show either a Covid pass to show double vaccination or Proof of a negative lateral flow test taken within 48 hours of the visit