Animal Encounters at Reaseheath Zoo are a fantastic opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the world’s most amazing animals and go behind the scenes.

Our experiences are suitable for children aged 6+ (and adults!), except the Tapir encounter, which is only suitable for those aged 12+. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult spectator. Please see our experience terms and conditions for more information prior to booking.

Included in your animal encounter package:

  • Spending time in the animal enclosure of your choice. This could also include feeding, grooming or providing enrichment for the animals.
  • 1 free spectator per booking, full zoo entry price per extra spectator
  • A talk from an experienced zoo keeper
  • Admission to the zoo
  • Optional voucher pack (only for payments made 2 weeks in advance of booking)

All animal encounters last 30 minutes on a one-to-one basis (unless more are booked together).

Choose from:

  • Meerkats
  • Ring-tailed Lemurs
  • Porcupines (Currently unavaliable)
  • Reptiles
  • Sulcata Tortoises
  • Marmosets and Tamarins
  • Farmyard friends (Could include goats, donkeys or chickens)
  • Small furries (Could include rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets or rodents)
  • Lowland Tapir *over 12s only
  • Bugs

We get a lot of enquires about an encounter with our capybara – this is not something we currently offer as our two females are shy, and we can’t guarantee they’d come over to meet visitors. They do currently live with our tapir, so if you wish to meet their keeper and the opportunity to see them a little closer, please book a tapir encounter *over 12s only.

It is entirely the choice of the animals whether they wish to participate in the experience or not.  Luckily the promise of some tasty treats normally proves all too tempting, but sometimes they may not be in the mood; in which case you will enter their environment and get to view them up close whilst being told all about them by your supervising keeper.


  • £35 for 1 person
  • £65 for 2 people
  • £100 for 3 people
  • £130 for 4 people
    • Please Note: if you wish to purchase as a gift, with a voucher posted out before Christmas, please purchase your experience by the end of the day on Sunday 11th December. We cannot guarantee Christmas delivery for any vouchers purchased after this date, but we will email a voucher instead so you can print it out at home.