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Experience what it's like to be a Big Cat Zoo Keeper at Dartmoor Zoo. Please note: The minimum age for this experience is 18.
2 for 1 Offer!
This experience is currently on a 2 people for the price of 1 Offer
This is a hard work, hands on, all day experience. You'll be working with our expert big cat team here at Dartmoor Zoo caring for the widest variety of big cats in the south west of England. You'll learn about the fine balance of the feeding routine and training that is so important to keeping big cats healthy and happy. Not for the faint hearted, it is an amazing experience that will live with you forever.
You can enjoy this experience all year round, any day of the week with the exception of the Christmas holidays. Demand is high and places are strictly limited, so you're advised to book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
What happens on the day?
While every day is different here at Dartmoor Zoo, depending on what is happening, a typical Big Cat Keeper For A Day might be something like this (be warned, it's an early start!):
||Induction and Safety Briefing
||First Round: Lions, Tigers, etc.
||Second Round: Bears or Wolves
||Feed The Lions or Tigers
"We visited DZP for the Big Cat Keeper Experience 15.03.13 and were blown away by the whole thing. Highly recommend the day - we has Hannah and Kat showing us round and believe me you really get involved. I have so much respect for DZP and all the staff and volunteers that work there to help the park survive from day to day. We will return and from now on will support the park financially as they really need the money to keep up the excellent work. Look forward to our next visit. Thank you all for a unforgettable day." - Kerry & Gareth Knights
“We have just had the great privilege of doing this today. It was one of the most amazing days I have ever had. Ray and I were so looked after by Laura and Kate - thank you so much and I can definitely recommend the experience. I fully intend to do this again. It was great" - Bellas Pet Supplies
"Thanks for the amazing day on Sunday doing the big cat keeper experience. The staff went out of their way to make us feel welcome and we enjoyed every minute of it. I would definitely recommend it to everyone.” - Michelle Grieves
"We had a brilliant day and would like to thank the girls who took us round the zoo. We met Ben and he signed his book for us too which was cool. The animals in this zoo are amazing, I totally fell in love with the tigers. Thanks again for making Sunday so brilliant!” - Linzi & Chris"
Give the gift of a life-changing experience...
Is there an animal-lover in your life who deserves a fantastic gift experience? Give someone you know the gift of a 'Big Cat Keeper For A Day' at Dartmoor Zoo.
If you want to make a gift of an experience you need not worry about booking or the availability of the intended recipient. With a DZP Gift Certificate your animal-lover can book the experience at a time that suits them, so you can keep the surprise a secret until the ideal moment.
Worried it won't arrive on time?
In the busy run-up to Christmas, we can even email you a PDF that you can print out at your end. So you don't have to worry about the post not getting there on time. This service is available right up until 6pm on Christmas Eve. Just email email@example.com and let us know if you need this service.