Opening times

9:30 am on Sundays and weekdays during school holidays

Type of place

Unfortunately, wheelchair access is not available for this experience. Please see below for more information.

Additional costs

Additional costs may apply, advance booking is recommended!

The best animal experience for kids in London!

Do you know a young animal lover? The Junior Keeper animal experience offers young people aged 11-15 years old the chance to spend a morning learning about a range of species and what it takes to be a zookeeper for our wonderfully unique animals at this world-famous Zoo.

In a small group, you will arrive before the Zoo opens to the public. Once kitted up in your zookeeper gear, you're ready to join the team! It's a great animal experience for kids to enjoy.

Visit each animal section to get a taster of what it's like to look after one of their animals. You'll be cleaning, feeding, and making up enrichment. Ask our experts everything you've ever wanted to know about zookeeping and receive a certificate at the end! Spend the rest of the day exploring and visiting the rest of our 15,000 animals. 

Please note: An accompanying parent/guardian must be on site and contactable. The accompanying adult will get free entry to the Zoo but will not take part in the experience or access any behind the scenes areas, however, may follow the group and be kept busy with lots of great photo opportunities! 

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Know Before You Book

  • Children must be aged between 11-15 years of age and be accompanied by an adult at least 18 years old.
  • General admission is included for the participant and an accompanying adult only. Additional guests will need to buy an entry ticket and will not be allowed access to the Zoo before opening at 10 am.
  • You must wear appropriate closed toe footwear for the experience.
  • The experience takes place outdoors so please come prepared for the weather forecast.
  • Unfortunately wheelchair access is not available on this experience. Please contact us if you are interested in this experience and require access.
  • Please arrive on time to ensure that you are present for the health and safety briefing. We advise guests arrive at least 10 minutes before the experience begins.
  • Please see our full terms and conditions for more information.

To protect our animals, staff and visitors, please do not visit the Zoo if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, and contact us to rearrange your experience.


  • £190 per ticket which includes:
    • Zoo admissions for the Junior Keeper
    • Zoo admission for one accompanying caregiver.
    • A "Keeper Kit" which includes a bespoke Junior Keeper t-shirt and cap to keep
    • 10% off in our Gift Shop
  • Disability carers can have full access on the experience to support their participant, free of charge. Please let us know if you require this when prompted at the booking stage.

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