Big Cat Keeper for a Day

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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!):

8:00am Induction and Safety Briefing
8am-10am First Round: Lions, Tigers, etc.
10am-10:30am Break
10:30-11:30am Second Round: Bears or Wolves
11:30-12:30pm Meat Preparation
12:30-1:30pm Lunch
1:30-2:15pm Feed The Lions or Tigers
3:00pm Finish


Customer Comments...

"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 and let us know if you need this service.


Review this product


Verified Customer
Me and my hubbie would like to thank dartmoor zoo for a lovely day on Thursday. We both did the big cat keeper experience for the day, this was such an amazing day and experience getting so close to the animals. It made my day as Vlad the tiger chuffed at me and we got to meet the main man Benjamin mee. - Nicky Thompson‎
Sat 12th December 2015 Anonymous

Verified Customer
Had a fantastic day as a big cat keeper today. Worth every penny. Very knowledgeable staff and keepers. Answered all of our questions and provided us with all the information we could absorb. Cats are amazing and we got behind the scenes with them all. - Ryan May‎
Sat 12th December 2015 Anonymous

Verified Customer
We had an awesome time doing the big cat keeper for a day, all the staff were lovely but a special thank you to Hannah and Dom who showed us around you really made the day special and your knowledge of the animals was amazing. If you are thinking of doing this experience book it NOW you will love it. - Stu Stevens‎
Sat 12th December 2015 Anonymous

Verified Customer
We had a fantastic day at DZP being Big Cat Keepers. A huge thank you to everyone, but especially Laura & Jamie for putting up with us. AMAZING! - Wendy MacTavish
Sat 12th December 2015 Anonymous

Verified Customer
Wow what an amazing Day with you today being Big Cat Keeper for the Day for my Birthday and our Anniversary - Kat and Hannah were amazing company and made it a great interactive day which just flew by. We loved everything about the day but meeting your Big Cats, helping to clean their cages and feeding them is what true memories are made of, thanks again for a perfect day. - Richard and Louise Sheard
Sat 12th December 2015 Anonymous