Twycross Zoo's new keeper experience lets you feed penguins and befriend 100-year-old giant tortoises

Help a zoo keeper take care of an Aldabra Giant Tortoise, which can weigh up to 250kg | Image Twycross ZooHelp a zoo keeper take care of an Aldabra Giant Tortoise, which can weigh up to 250kg | Image Twycross Zoo
Help a zoo keeper take care of an Aldabra Giant Tortoise, which can weigh up to 250kg | Image Twycross Zoo
Twycross Zoo, is a registered charity existing to support conservation, education and research of some of the most endangered species on the planet

Gifting a zoo experience can offer fans of nature and animal enthusiasts an unforgettable opportunity to make memories.  It allows people to get up close to their favourite creature in a range of awesome experiences at Twycross Zoo.

The zoo which is also a conservation charity, is less than 40 minutes away from the city centre of Derby. It is where people can feed penguins, meerkats, snow leopards, and tigers!

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Twycross Zoo has now released a gift guide that features amazing experiences to make the perfect Christmas present for that special someone who perhaps may have everything.

The one-of-a-kind presents are perfect for animal enthusiasts of all ages, from feeding experiences and behind-the-scenes tours, to VIP zoo membership.

Enjoy animal experiences at Twycross Zoo

From the most endangered big cats and four great apes, to giant tortoises and cheeky meerkats, Twycross Zoo’s animal experiences allow visitors to come face-to-face with their favourite species.

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It allows you to meet the zoo keepers and experience the zoo in a whole new, never-seen-before way.

Feed penguins at Twycross Zoo

Humboldt penguins are one of the zoo’s most popular residents, especially during the festive season.

Now you can interact with these cute and cuddly creatures.

Have them nibble food from your hand whilst you chat to expert zoo keepers who will fill you in about the penguins’ temperament, so you can really get to know them.

Meet Aldabra Giant Tortoises at Twycross Zoo

Meet some of the oldest residents at the zoo, who are three Giant Aldabra Tortoises.

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This is a special chance to get closer than ever to these calm reptiles, as you watch them wander in comfort in their own habitat, 

Be a Twycross Zoo keeper for a day

Forget about the day job - banish spreadsheets, deadlines and overflowing email inboxes from your mind. 

Instead, revel in being a zoo keeper for the day and meet some of Twycross Zoo’s most majestic animals.

The experience involves helping the zoo keepers care for critically endangered Eastern black rhino, giraffes, big cats and more around the 100-acre zoo.

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Meet a mob of meerkats at Twycross Zoo

The meerkat encounter invites up to four people to meet the zoo’s cheeky and charismatic mob of meerkats.

After helping the zoo’s keeper prepare their enrichment, guests will have the chance to feed and interact with these energetic and endlessly curious creatures.

Feed a big cat at Twycross Zoo

A truly epic experience for any cat fan is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for two.

Go behind the scenes to feed one of the zoo’s three species of stunning big cats; Snow leopards, Sumatran tigers or the world’s most endangered big cat, Amur leopards.

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Twycross Zoo's Great Ape Tour

Said to be the only UK zoo that is home to all four species of great ape, this is a unique gift you can’t get anywhere else in the country. 

Visitors can step behind the scenes with Twycross Zoo’s great ape keepers and discover chimpanzees, orangutans, gorillas and bonobos like never before.

Other fabulous gifts include Twycross Zoo’s annual ticket offering a whole year of free visits to the 100-acre zoo. 

Those who redeem their annual ticket this Christmas or New Year will have half-term, Easter, summer and every day in-between covered from £17.10.

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Annual memberships are also available which lets members enjoy free entry into 10 partner zoos and exclusive discounts up to 50% on soft play, experiences, gift shop and more.

Whether shoppers are looking for a unique gift for a loved one or a special treat for themselves, a ticket to a zoo experience can be a fabulous present.

Twycross Zoo cares for over 400 animals and welcomes around 600,000 visitors a year.

They say the purchase will help support their ongoing conservation work to help protect and preserve some of the world’s most endangered species.

For more information and to book online, visit Twycross Zoo's website by clicking here.

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