Bat Encounter



Experience our fruit bats up close and in full flight as you enter our award-winning Island Bat Roost. This experience will last for 45 minutes. 

During your encounter you will be able to: 

  • Enter the bat enclosure to get closer to our fruit bats 
  • Help the keepers feed the bats 
  • Hear personal insights into how bats live from our experienced and passionate keepers 
  • Have behind-the-scenes photo opportunities 
  • Find out about Durrell’s mission to save species from extinction 



These amazing experiences are only available for a limited number of days each month, so we advise booking early. You can make a group or individual booking. To check availability in advance, or to book after completing your purchase, please email or call 01534 860052 

Please note: 

  • Members are eligible for a 10% discount on Animal Experience purchases. To claim your discount please purchase your experience by phone by calling the Experiences team on 01534 860052
  • Each booking is for one person and includes admission to the zoo 
  • This encounter is for a maximum of 4 people per session 
  • This encounter is suitable for children aged 10+ 
  • All children under 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult 
  • The encounter takes 45 minutes 
  • Your visit may be altered at short notice should animal welfare concerns be raised 
  • Animal handling is not permitted 
  • Proximity and contact with the animals are at the keeper’s discretion on the day 
  • Cancellation with fewer than 7 days' notice will incur a 100% cancellation fee 
  • We may use the details you enter during the purchasing process to contact you about the experience afterwards 
  • This ‘Bat Encounter’ package is valid for 12 calendar months from the date of purchase 
  • Please contact us before booking if you have any medical conditions or disabilities, so we can discuss how to accommodate you
  • Whilst every effort will be made to accommodate those with a disability or learning difficulty, due to practicality this cannot always be achieved.  Please contact the team for advice before purchasing any of our experiences