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Bat Encounter

5 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
(2 customer reviews)

£50.00 Ex Tax


Product Description

Experience our fruit bats up close and in full flight as you enter our award winning bat tunnel constructed from old car tyres and other recycled material. This experience will last for 45 minutes.

During your ‘Encounter’ you will be able to:

  • Collect boughs and leaves from around the zoo.
  • Enter the bat tunnel to get up close to our fruit bats.
  • Help the keepers to 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. For full availability and to book please email experiences@durrell.org
or call 01534 860052.

Please note:

  • Members purchasing this experience are entitled to a 10% discount.
  • 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 and over.
  • All children under 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
  • The encounter takes 45 minutes.
  • Please book 4 to 6 weeks in advance.
  • 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 is 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.

2 reviews for Bat Encounter

  1. 5 out of 5


    Thoroughly enjoyed my Bat Experience this afternoon (11Sep17). Fascinating mammals . I was well looked after, and informed by 2 enthusiastic keepers.

  2. 5 out of 5


    Met the bats at the Durrell Challenge and LOVED it. The keeper who took us around was fantastic, but what really made it an amazing experience was meeting Sloe (who came right down to say hello and sniffed my hair!!!!!) and getting to see some of the tiny babies. What wonderful creatures and what a magical thing to get to do!!!

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