Junior Keeper - Give your child the chance to be a zookeeper


There's nothing quite like the wonderful bond between animals and children.  Kids love animals, so what better way for them to get involved and discover more about the natural world and the animal kingdom by treating them to an animal experience day?. Who knows, your son or daughter could be the next Sir David Attenborough! 

Here are some animal experience days for children  as always please check the length of the vouchers before you buy and the important info or need to know sections.   Please also read the terms and conditions carefully so that you are clear about whether adults need to accompany the children and pay an entry fee for admission or not. 

Junior Keeper for the Day for Two at Dartmoor Zoo

Junior Keeper for the Day for Two at Dartmoor Zoo
Was £398, now £199 - save yourself 50%!
Experience life as a zookeeper for the day with experience!  Work alongside the zoo’s keepers and get up close and personal with a variety of animals.  Take part in feeding and cleaning the enclosures, and helping the team create a rich, fun environment for the residents.  Lunch will be served in the Jaguar Restaurant and you'll each take a certificate home to remember your day as a zookeeper with!  Minimum age 8, maximum age 15, and all participants must be accompanied by an adult at no extra cost (though adults will have to pay for lunch).  Proof of age may be required.  This is not for anyone with high blood pressure or who has a nervous disposition. Available from Virgin Experience Days - book at least 3 months in advance.

Junior Half Day Keeper Experience with Day Admission for Two at Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom

Junior Half Day Keeper Experience with Day Admission for Two at Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom, Shropshire
Was £150, now £79!
This is a morning full of animal fun - you'll handle, feed and stroke several animals.   There are reptiles, hedgehogs, skunks, lemurs and those inquisitive little meerkats! You'll be able to ask the keepers lots of questions and find out life is like being zoo keeper!  The day includes entry for you to Hoo Zoo and Dinosaur World where you can see the other amazing creatures, including big cats and wolves!   Minimum age is 6 and please note the participate guidelines.  Admission is only included for participants of the experience. Accompanying adults must purchase admission on the day. Children under 16 need an adult on site to participate;  the adult can attend just as a spectator (then they’d need to purchase admission) or on the experience ticket (so they would take up one of the participant spots). This special offer is available through Virgin Experience Days!

Junior Keeper Experience at Cedars Nature Centre

Junior Keeper Experience at Cedars Nature Centre, Hertfordshire
£80 for one
Budding zookeepers and animal lovers can enjoy a  a fun, informative time as this experience allows them to shadow a professional zookeeper.  Help to clean and feed a wide range of animals and finish off by a meerkat feed through an open window!   Minimum age is 6, maximum age is 13 and children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times but is not suitable during pregnancy, There is now extra cost for the parent/guardian.   Available from Virgin Experience Days

 Junior Keeper at Hemsley Conservation Centre, Kent

Junior Keeper at Hemsley Conservation Centre, Kent
Children can get to grips with some of daily tasks and challenges involved in caring for the animals.   There's an introduction and tour, then it's feeding time for the tortoises and off for an encounter with some bugs!  The lemurs then need feeding and cleaning needs to be done, and after break, children will meet the meerkats!  There's a run through an aniaml check and a brief encounter with the residents skunk.  There's also the chance to make an enrichment for the animals so that the kids can do something which will be of lasting value for them.  Minimum age: 5, maximum age 14 and all participants have to be accompanied with an adult who will need to pay the entry fee.  Available from Virgin Experience Days.

ZSL London Zoo has a number of experiences for children and young people The Zoological Society of London has experiences for children and young people
At Whipsnade Zoo, there's Zoo Explorers (5-7 year olds), Junior Zoo Academy (8-10 year olds, this is a two day course) and Zoo Academy (15-17 year olds who want to pursue animal careers and studies)
London Zoo has a Junior Keeper for the Day experience and it's for 11-15 year olds. 
Please double check the locations before you buy and also adults will need to accompany children on some experiences
Rather different to a junior keeper, if you're looking to get the kids off their screens and outside, what about giving them a Den Kit from the National Trust's online shop?
The Forest School Den Kit
This is the Forest School Den Kit
for £65.00
This is the Original Den Kit
This is the Original Den Kit
for £45.00
And here's the Cottage Garden Den Kit And here's the Cottage Garden Den Kit
for £45.00