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VIP ANIMAL EXPERIENCES

WHITE RHINO ENCOUNTER

  • Learn about our incredible 2,000kg rhinos, near threatened species from our expert zoo team
  • 20 - 30 Minute Encounter (Min age 10+)
  • Min group size of 2, max group size of 4 people (photo identification for 16+ required). Experience may be shared with other guests.
  • Theme Park & Zoo entry is not included

GIRAFFE FEED

  • Hand feed our majestic Rothschild's giraffe
  • 20 - 30 min encounter (min age 5+)
  • Min group size of 2, max group size of 8 people. Experience may be shared with other guests.
  • Theme Park & Zoo entry is not included

REINDEER MEET AND GREET

  • Get up close and personal with the Reindeer
  • 20-30 minute experience
  • Behind the scenes look (you will not be entering the enclosure)
  • Opportunity to feed the Reindeer
  • 3+ (under 16s must be accompanied by an adult)
  • Min group size of 2, max group size of 6 people. Experience may be shared with other guests.
  • Theme Park & Zoo entry is not included

AFRICAN ANIMAL SAFARI

  • Get up close & personal with our amazing African animals
  • 20 - 30 Minute Encounter (Min age 5+)
  • Min group size of 2 people, max group size of 8 people. Experience may be shared with other guests.
  • Theme Park & Zoo entry is not included

JUNIOR ZOO KEEPER

  • Join our Zoo Team as an honorary keeper!
  • 3 hour experience (Min Age 7, Max Age 16)
  • Max 2 children (from same household)
  • Includes park entry for participating children

PENGUIN ENCOUNTER

  • Hand feed our Humboldt penguins
  • 20 - 30 min encounter (min age 7+)
  • Only 2 people in group
  • Long trousers and closed toe shoes must be worn
  • Theme Park & Zoo entry is not included

AMUR TIGER ENCOUNTER

  • Come face to face with one of our Amur tigers!
  • 20 - 30 Minute Encounter (Min Age 10+)
  • Min group size of 2, max group size of 4 people. Experience may be shared with other guests.
  • Theme Park & Zoo entry is not included

SKUNK WALKS

  • Take one of our adorable skunks for a walk around the park
  • 20 - 30 min encounter (min age 5+)
  • Min group size of 2, max group size of 4 people
  • Theme Park & Zoo entry is not included

GIRAFFE SAFARI

  • A giraffe feeding experience from our safari truck
  • 20 - 30 Minute Encounter (Min age 5+)
  • Min group size of 2, max group size of 8 people. Experience may be shared with other guests.
  • Theme Park & Zoo entry is not included

GORILLA SNEAK PEEKS

  • Head behind the scenes and learn about our troop of gorillas!
  • 20 minute experience (min age 8+)
  • Min group size of 2, max group size of 4 people. Experience may be shared with other guests.
  • Theme Park & Zoo entry is not included

CARNIVORE ZOO KEEPER

  • 3 Hour Carnivore Keeping Experience (Min age 16+)
  • Work with a Zoo Keeper on their daily tasks, animal care, welfare and food preparation
  • You'll be introduced to our incredible carnivores with the chance to get up close to our big cats
  • Theme Park & Zoo entry IS included

SMALL MAMMAL FEED

  • Lunch time scatter feed with our small mammals
  • 20 - 30 min encounter (min age 7+)
  • Min group size of 2, max group size of 4 people. Experience may be shared with other guests.
  • Long trousers and closed toe shoes must be worn
  • Theme Park & Zoo entry is not included

SUNSET ANIMAL SAFARI

  • Get up close & personal with our amazing African animals
  • 10 Minute Encounter (Min age 5+)
  • Min group size of 2 people, max group size of 8 people. Experience may be shared with other guests.
  • Theme Park & Zoo entry is not included
  • Runs on selected Friday and Saturdays as well as every day throughout August.

COATI FEED

  • Meet Chessington’s cutest new addition, in this interactive hand feed
  • 20 – 30 min encounter (min age 7+)
  • Min group size of 2, max group size of 4 people. Experience may be shared with other guests.
  • Long trousers and closed toe shoes must be worn
  • Theme Park & Zoo entry is not included

RED FOX ENCOUNTER

  • Get up close and personal with Red & Roo, our resident Red foxes
  • 20-30 Minute Encounter (Min Age 12+)
  • Max group size of 2 people
  • Theme Park & Zoo Entry is not included
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ANNUAL PASS & HOTEL DISCOUNT

As a Merlin or Chessington Annual Passholder, or if you're staying in our Resort Hotel or Explorer Glamping, you can enjoy a ROARSOME discount of 20% off VIP Animal Experiences! Select your experience from the list above!

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ANIMAL EXPERIENCE GIFT VOUCHERS

Whether you're after a birthday gift or a just want to treat your loved one or little monkey's to a GRRReat VIP Animal Experience, you can buy our VIP Animal Experiences as gift vouchers for them to redeem when they choose!

Our Junior Keeper for a Day and Giraffe Feeding Experiences can be purchased online now.  All our other VIP Animal Experiences can be purchased as a Gift Voucher by contacting our team via VIPExperiences@chessington.co.uk 

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BESPOKE PACKAGES

From Marriage proposals to fulfilling your WILDest animal dreams, we can customise a package to suit you! Contact us on VIPExperiences@chessington.co.uk 

If you would like further assistance please get in touch by emailing us at VIPexperiences@chessington.co.uk to speak to the VIP team.

Terms and Conditions

African Animal Safari

Guests must be aged 5+ to do the Giraffe Safari. Encounter duration is 30 mins and for up to 8 people at any one time. Adventurers between the ages of 5 - 12 years will require an adult (16+) with a valid experience ticket for the time and date of the experience. Due to the Nature of some of our experiences the encounter may not be suitable for non-ambulant adventures, please contact the team directly prior to your booking. Tours may vary depending on animal availability and in adverse weather conditions may have to be moved indoors.

Amur Tiger Encounter

Guests must be aged 10+ to do the Amur Tiger Encounter. Encounter duration is 20 minutes and may be shared with other guests, the maximum group size will be 4. Adventurers between the age of 10 - 16 years will require an adult (16+) with a valid experience ticket for the time and date of the experience. Due to the Nature of some of our experiences the encounter may not be suitable for non-ambulant adventures, please contact the team directly prior to your booking.

Carnivore Keeper

Guests must be aged 16+ years to do the Carnivore keeper for the day experience. The experience will last approximately Three hours and is for one adventurer. Guests must wear Closed toe shoes and long trousers. Due to the Nature of some of our experiences the encounter may not be suitable for non-ambulant adventures, please contact the team directly prior to your booking.

Coati Encounter

Guests must be a minimum of 7 years old to do the Coati Encounter . The experience will last approximately 20- 30 minutes and for up to 4 people at any one time. Adventurers  below the age of 16 will require an adult (16+) with a valid experience ticket for the time and date of the experience. Guests must wear long trousers and closed toe shoes for this experience. Due to the Nature of some of our experiences the encounter may not be suitable for non-ambulant adventures, please contact the team directly prior to your booking.

Giraffe Feed

Guests must be aged 5+ to feed the giraffes. The experience will last approximately 20 minutes and for up to 15 people at any one time. Adventurers between the ages of 5 - 12 years will require an adult (16+) with a valid experience ticket for the time and date of the experience. Due to the Nature of some of our experiences the encounter may not be suitable for non-ambulant adventures, please contact the team directly prior to your booking.

Giraffe Safari

Guests must be aged 5+ to do the Giraffe Safari. Encounter duration is 20 minutes and for up to 8 people at any one time. Adventurers between the ages of 5 - 12 years will require an adult (16+) with a valid experience ticket for the time and date of the experience. Due to the Nature of some of our experiences the encounter may not be suitable for non-ambulant adventures, please contact the team directly prior to your booking. Tours may vary depending on animal availability and in adverse weather conditions may have to be moved indoors.

Gorilla Sneak Peak

Guests must be aged 8+ to do the Gorilla Encounter. Encounter duration is 20 – 30 mins and may be shared with other guests, the maximum group size will be 4. Due to the nature of the experience, The Gorilla Encounter may not be suitable for non-ambulant adventurers and is not suitable for expectant mothers. Adventurers under the age of 16 years will require a full paying adult (18+) with a valid experience ticket for the time and date of the experience.

Junior zoo keeper

Guests must be aged between 7 and 16 years to do the Junior Keeper for the day experience. The experience will last approximately Three hours and for up to two people from one household at a time. Due to the Nature of some of our experiences the encounter may not be suitable for non-ambulant adventures, please contact the team directly prior to your booking.

Mini Meet & Greet

Guests must be aged 12 months+ to do the mini meet and greet. The experience will last approximately 20 minutes and for up to 20 adventurers at any one time. Animals are subject to availability. Every ticket includes a supervising adult, additional adults will require a valid experience ticket for the time and date of the experience .

Penguin Encounter

Guests must be aged 7+ to do the penguin encounter. The experience will last approximately 20 minutes and for up to 2 people at any one time. Adventurers between the ages of 7 - 16 years will require an adult (16+) with a valid experience ticket for the time and date of the experience. Guests must wear long trousers and closed toed shoes. Due to the Nature of some of our experiences the encounter may not be suitable for non-ambulant adventures, please contact the team directly prior to your booking.

Red Fox Encounter

Guests must be a minimum of 12 years old to do the Red Fox encounter. The experience will last approximately 20- 30 minutes and for up to 2 people at any one time. Adventurers between the ages of 12- 16 years will require an adult (16+) with a valid experience ticket for the time and date of the experience. Guests must wear closed toed shoes. Due to the Nature of the enclosure this experience is unfortunately not suitable for non-ambulant adventures. Expectant mothers are not permitted on any of our experiences. please contact our VIP team before booking to discuss your individual needs.

Skunk Meet & Greet

Guests must be aged 5+ to do the skunk meet and greet. The experience will last approximately 20 minutes and for up to 4 people at any one time. Adventurers between the ages of 5 - 16 years will require an adult (16+) with a valid experience ticket for the time and date of the experience. Due to the Nature of some of our experiences the encounter may not be suitable for non-ambulant adventures, please contact the team directly prior to your booking.

Sunset Safari

Guests must be aged 5+ to do the Sunset Safari. Sunset encounter duration is 10 mins and for up to 8 people at any one time. Adventurers between the ages of 5 - 12 years will require an adult (16+) with a valid experience ticket for the time and date of the experience. Due to the nature of some of our experiences the encounter may not be suitable for non-ambulant adventures, please contact the team directly prior to your booking. Tours may vary depending on animal availability and in adverse weather conditions may have to be moved indoors.

Small Mammal Feed

Guests must be age between 7 and 16 years old to do the Small Mammal Scatter Feed. The experience will last approximately 20- 30 minutes and for up to 4 people at any one time. Adventurers between the ages of 12- 16 years will require an adult (16+) with a valid experience ticket for the time and date of the experience. Due to the Nature of some of our experiences the encounter may not be suitable for non-ambulant adventures, please contact the team directly prior to your booking.

White Rhino Encounter

Guests must be aged 10+ to do the White Rhino Encounter. Encounter duration is 20 minutes and may be shared with other guests, the maximum group size will be 4. Photo identification is required for all guests aged 16+ (the VIP Experiences Team will contact you once you have made your booking to discuss further details) and is required for Health, Safety and Security reasons. Failure to provide valid identification will result in cancellation of your experience with no refund. Adventurers between the age of 10-16 years will require an adult (16+) with a valid experience ticket for the time and date of the experience. Due to the Nature of some of our experiences the encounter may not be suitable for non-ambulant adventures, please contact the team directly prior to your booking.

Winter African Animal Tour

Guests must be aged 7+ to do the Winter African Animal Tour. The tour duration is 1 hour and for up to 4 people at any one time. Adventurers between the ages of 7 - 12 years will require an adult (16+) with a valid experience ticket for the time and date of the experience. Due to the Nature of some of our experiences the encounter may not be suitable for non-ambulant adventures, please contact the team directly prior to your booking. Tours may vary depending on animal availability and adverse weather conditions. Guests must wear long trousers and closed toed shoes.

General

  • Theme Park and Zoo Entry is not included with Animal Experiences, with the exception of The Big 3 and Keeper for a Day experiences which included entry.
  • Annual Pass and hotel/glamping discounts cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Any additional guests without a valid ticket will not be permitted on the experience.
  • It is the Guests responsibility to book the correct tickets with the correct discount. We are unable to refund or partially refund tickets
  • All animal are subject to availability and we reserve the right to cancel, change or rebook experience with no prior warning.
  • Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable.
  • Pregnant women are not permitted on any of our VIP Experiences.
  • All guests must wash their hands after coming into contact with any animal area. Guests are advised against touching their lips, eyes or face whilst in these areas.
  • All cuts, abrasions or bites which occur during your visit, no matter how small must be treated and covered immediately and will require medical attention and a log of the incident placed in the company’s accident book.
  • If at any point during your experience, you feel uncomfortable or begin to feel unwell, please inform a member of staff immediately.
  • Any instructions that are given by your guide or by a keeper must be carried out implicity, bearing in mind that ALL animals can be potentially dangerous. We reserve the right to exclude any participants from the experience who do not follow these instructions.
  • Chessington World of Adventures Resort accepts no responsibility for any loss and/or damage however arising whilst on our premises.
  • Zoo keeping can be a hazardous occupation. Chessington World of Adventures Resort will endeavour to ensure that you are not exposed to any unnecessarily risks during your time with us but we will not be held liable for any injury caused by any elements of your experience. Animals can never be guaranteed to behave in a predictable manner. It is the responsibility of the guest to highlight any part of the experience that they feel will be too uncomfortable or difficult for them to undertake.
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