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Coronavirus update

Junior keeper experiences are unavailable as we adhere to coronavirus (COVID-19) guidelines.

Do your little ones fancy walking in the boots of a zoo keeper?

Our junior keeper for a day experience gives the next generation of zoo keepers the chance to get up close and personal with some of their favourite animals, while getting an insight into the day-to-day life of caring for some of the world’s most endangered species.

How to book

Our junior keeper for a day package costs £125 per person.

Book a junior keeper for a day experience online
  • Fill out our online booking form.
  • A member of our team will get back to you to take payment and to confirm availability of your date.   
  • Full payment is required to secure your experience.

It will take a maximum of seven working days for management to review your form and your medical information.

For more information, call us on 028 9077 6277 (extension 203)

What is included?

  • Your experience will include:
  • Free entry to Belfast Zoo
  • Free entry for an accompanying adult
  • a ‘zooper’ schedule of behind the scenes fun including animal encounters, feeding times, enrichment and much more
  • friendly and experienced zoo keepers
  • a voucher for your ‘feeding time’ in the Lion’s Den Restaurant
  • a voucher for the photography station
  • an exclusive junior keeper for a day goodie bag
  • a junior keeper for a day certificate

Download our schedule to find out what you'll get up to during your experience.

Who can take part?

  • You must be aged between 8 and 16 to take part in our junior keeper for a day experiences. You will be required to present valid documentation with proof of age.
  • We cannot accept participants who have relevant phobias or allergies.
  • We cannot accept participants who suffer from fits, have auto-immune conditions or any other relevant medical conditions. If you have a medical condition or disability which you would like to discuss, call our team. There may be alternative options available for you.

Download the junior keeper for a day terms and conditions.

When is keeper for a day available?

The junior keeper for a day experience is available every day (dependent on availability). You must book your experience in advance.




Junior keeper for a day experience

Days: Every day (except Tuesday)


10.30am to 2.45pm


Only one participant per experience (and accompanying adult who will not take part in activity)

Age: 8 to 16


Allergies, medical conditions, reasonable level of fitness.
No one who suffers from fits, no auto-immune conditions, no animal convictions, etc.

Your booking can only be processed once you have submitted a completed form which has been reviewed and approved by zoo management. Dates will not be held during this process.

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If your loved one is a real animal lover, upgrade them to a Junior Keeper gift pack. For just £165 per person they will get a junior keeper experience, a child membership and a cub adoption.

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