Wherever you are, try being a zookeeper for a day
At this zoo in Devon, you can feed a range of animals, from meerkats up to giraffes. There is also a general keeper experience where you care for the animals, and a vet-for-a-day experience where you can observe zoo medics in action.
Feeding experiences from £49; Keeper/vet for a day £195
01803 697500; paigntonzoo.org.uk
Crocodiles of the World
The UK’s only crocodile zoo, in Oxfordshire, offers half-day keeper experiences, which may include handling juvenile crocs.
£125 an adult; £75 a child. 01993 706990; crocodilesoftheworld.co.uk
This zoo offers “Magic Moments” with rhinos, big cats, birds and lemurs. For a chance to hand-feed the UK’s only giant pandas, you’ll have to wait until later in the year, after the breeding season.
Magic Moments from £35. 01313 140327; store.rzss.org.uk
The UK’s most popular zoo runs a full-day keeper experience. Choose the type of animal you’re interested in, from bats to elephants.
£250. 01244 650 261; chesterzoo.org
The keeper experience at the North Yorkshire park includes caring for a variety of animals. It also runs animal-training sessions.
Keeper-for-a-day experience, £150; Animal-training experience, £200
0871 911 8000; flamingoland.co.uk
The Norfolk zoo’s full-day session involves feeding giraffes and releasing colobus monkeys into their outside enclosure.
Full day £180/£270 for two people
01953 715344; banhamzoo.co.uk
Home to many endangered species, the zoo runs “Close Encounters” with access to animals such as snow leopards and orangutans.
Close Encounters from £50 for two people; Keeper for a day, £145 for one person/£190 for two
01384 215313; dudleyzoo.org.uk