Animal Encounters

Animal encounters will give you the chance to learn more about our Keeper’s work; gain a little hands-on experience and help to feed and care for the animals at the Park.

Our animal encounters last around 30 minutes (although this varies depending on the animals) and are suitable for both adults and children (children must be at least six years old and are required to be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times).

Animal Encounters are only for one person, per animal, per day.

Each animal encounter costs £50.00 and is for one person (an adult is required to accompany anyone under the age of 17; additional friends or family are welcome to watch and take photos, from normal public viewing areas, subject to the Park’s normal admission prices) free admission to the Park for one person is included within the £50.00 price.

All Animal Encounters must be booked and paid for at least one week in advance.



When you have received your voucher please call 01993 823006 to book your chosen date by quoting your voucher reference number. Vouchers can be used for any of our available animal encounters.

Meet the Giant Tortoises

Come and meet our Aldabra Giant Tortoises. Get up close to these wonderfully calm animals, the second largest species of tortoise after the Galapagos Tortoise. Meet their keeper and learn about the work we do with this species.

Availability: 12.30 every day

Meet the Lemurs

Meet the Lemur Keeper and learn about our important work with these Madagascan primates, have a guided tour around our popular Madagascar exhibit, and walk amongst the Lemurs and other Madagascan species present in this area before helping the Keeper to feed the Lemurs.

Availability: 11.00 every day

Penguin Feed

Our group of Humboldt Penguins are fed each morning and afternoon, during which their Keeper gives a talk. You can get involved with this popular species by helping out. You will have the opportunity to meet the Penguin keeper before the feeding session, help feed the Penguins and be part of the talk given to members of the public.

Availability: 11.00am Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri & 15.00pm every day

Feed the Bats

Visit the night-time habitat of our Egyptian and Seba’s fruit bats with one of our keepers and learn about these amazing animals. Feel the breeze as the bats expertly fly around you and hear them chattering among the branches, a Seba’s bat may even take food from your hand.

Availability: 11.30am every day

 Please note: It will be dark within the exhibit, we regret that this encounter is not open to wheelchair users, as the Bat enclosure has confined access.

Meet the Giraffes

Get eye to eye with the world’s tallest mammals; meet our magnificent group of Giraffes and their keeper and learn about their care. You will be able to ask any questions you might have about these amazing animals and help to feed them.

Availability: 12.00 every day

We have limited availability for our Giraffe animal encounter for 2017.  We are happy to take bookings for 2018 instead.

Farmyard Encounters

Visit our Children’s Farmyard with one of our knowledgeable keepers. Meet some of the animals including our friendly Ouessant sheep, pygmy goats and miniature donkeys. You will be able to learn about caring for the farmyard animals and help to feed some of them.

Availability: 15.30pm every day

Feed the Tapirs and Capybaras

A unique opportunity to find out more about two of our popular South American species. Meet our friendly Brazilian Tapirs and help their keeper at feeding time, find out about caring for these unusual animals and then through the walk-through area to feed our Capybaras, the world’s largest rodents.

Availability: 14.30pm Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri


Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens