Animal experiences at the ARK
Defeat the Poachers Escape Room
Put your wits and cunning to the test in the Arks very own unique escape room, solve devious puzzles and head scratching conundrums as you take on the role of wildlife detectives, hunting down the villainous animal smugglers who have captured Chloe the meerkat from her African home to sell on the black market – you have 60 minutes, will you get to her in time?
Call reception on 01205 481468 or email to book your adventure!
Animal experiences at the ARK
Make your day extra special with one of our pre bookable animal experiences and learn about their individual stories and why they came to the Ark, or book in for a keeper for the day and learn what it takes to care for the sanctuary’s many residents.
Experience vouchers can be purchased as gifts with no fixed date, allowing the recipient to book a date that suits them, valid for six months from date of purchase.
Please note that during all of our encounter experiences you will remain in a set area of the animals enclosure and it will be up to the individual animal to come over to you, at no point will you be allowed to pick up or restrain the animals in anyway, all of the animals in the encounter session were ex pets and are confident around people which will lead to a memorable experience for you or your loved one.
Before booking please read the Terms and Conditions at the bottom of this page.
Spectators will need to purchase an admission ticket (1 adult/Guardian admission is included in the mini-keeper/Junior keeper experience package all other experiences regardless of participants age will require spectators to purchase admission tickets).
For information on any of the experiences below, or to make a booking please contact the ARK on 01205 481468, alternatively e-mail us firstname.lastname@example.org, payment can be taken through PayPal – email for further information.
Meet Chilli, Saffron & family, as you go into the enclosure with our meerkats, help feed them and watch how they interact with one another and you.
Cost £50, or £90 for two people (maximum two people per session), experience lasts approx 30 minutes, over 10’s only, includes park entry for participants
Help with our wild cats afternoon feed, prepare enrichment for them and learn more about the beautiful wildcats that call the Ark home.
Get closer than the general public as your accompanied behind the scenes to get up close and personal with these stunning and unusual predators.
(Does not include direct entry into enclosure or contact)
Cost £50, or £90 for two people (maximum two people per session), over 16’s only, includes park entry for participants
Go behind the scenes and into the enclosure to meet one of these beautiful and seldom seen animals, meet Sox our stunning Red fox for an unforgettable half hour.
Cost £50 or £90 for two people(maximum two people per session), experience lasts approx 30 minutes, over 10’s only, includes park entry for participants
Meet Honey & Maple our beautiful coati girls, you will learn about this cheeky pair whilst helping with enrichment activities.
They are very lively, and may even climb right up onto your head-not suitable for those of a nervous disposition.
Cost £50 or £90 for two people (maximum two people per session), experience lasts approx 30 minutes, over 16’s only, includes park entry for participants
Choose any 3 of the following private encounters for the ultimate package
Coati (age 16+)
Meerkat (age 10+)
Wildcat (age 16+)
Fox (age 10+)
Ultimate encounters are for a maximum of 2 visitors at the same time and last approx 90 minutes.
£135 per person/£250 for 2, includes park entry and lunch.
60 minute private tour of the park, meet a variety of animals, go behind the scenes and learn more about our residents and some of their stories
Cost £120 per group, (maximum ten people per session), experience lasts 60 minutes, suitable for all ages, does not include park entry.
Keeper for the day, over 16’s only (Pre-book only)
Behind the scenes tour and helping the keepers with their daily tasks, that will include meeting the meerkats, preparing food and enrichment for the animals.
Cost £110, or £180 for two people, experience lasts 3 hours (11am – 2pm) and includes entrance into the wildlife park for participant and lunch in the Kalahari cafe.
Junior keeper for the day, 12-15 yrs old (Pre-book only)
Behind the scenes tour and helping the keepers with their daily tasks, that will include meeting the meerkats.
Cost £75, or £130 for two people, experience lasts 2.5 hours (11am – 1.30pm) and includes entrance into the wildlife park for participant and one adult includes lunch in the Kalahari cafe for participant.
Guardian must be present.
Mini Keeper experience, 5-12 yrs old (Pre-book only)
£60 one child
£100 two children
Suitable for ages 5-12 (must be accompanied by an adult)
Tasks vary from day to day but may include:
Starts at 10am and lasts 1 hour, Prices include park entry for children and one adult.
Any animal at the Ark can be adopted for £35, this includes welcome letter, certificate, entrance ticket for one, Ark fridge magnet, photo and fact sheet on your chosen animal species and plaque at the Ark.
Birthday parties at the ARK (Pre-book only)
Celebrate your birthday at the ARK wildlife park for a truly wild party.
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Buffet meal (includes sandwich, drinks and a selection of treats)
Private animal encounter session for all children attending
Access to the wildlife park and play area for all your guests
Cost £12.50 per child
£6.50 for under 3’s
2 Adults go free
Additional adults £5.00 (doe’s not include buffet)
Birthday child goes free when parties are over 10.
Terms and Conditions
The stated duration of any experience is approximate and may differ slightly on the day of your experience.
Ark Wildlife Park reserve the right to cancel or amend an Animal Experience if deemed necessary due to animal welfare, health issues or unforeseen circumstances.
Participants must listen to and follow all instructions from the Keepers. Ark Wildlife Park reserve the right to end any Animal Experience if a participant is deemed to be putting a person, animal or property at risk.
Whilst every effort is made to accommodate everyone, regrettably some of our Animal Experiences are not suitable for every visitor, please contact us to discuss your requirements.
All Animal Experiences are non-refundable, so please carefully check eligibility if purchasing as a gift, and availability if you require certain dates and all other terms before you purchase.
Full payment must be made when purchasing the Animal Experience.
Bookings for specific dates are made on a first come first served basis.
Spectators will need to purchase an admission ticket (1 adult/’Guardian admission is included in the mini-keeper/Junior keeper experience package all other experiences regardless of participants age will require spectators to purchase admission tickets).
For date changes up to 2 weeks before the date of the experience, a £20 admin fee will be incurred.
No changes to dates are allowed less than 2 weeks before the experience.
For information on any of the above experiences, or to make a booking please contact the ARK on 01205 481468, alternatively e-mail us email@example.com