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Meet the Apes

5 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings
(3 customer reviews)

£100.00 Ex Tax


Product Description

Work a shift as an ape keeper at Durrell and you become a member of one of our great ape extended families. Whether it’s our serene lowland gorillas or our more mischievous Sumatran orangutans this is a unique and memorable experience. This experience will last for 1 hour.

During your ‘Experience’ you will be able to:

  • Go behind the scenes of the gorillas or orangutans (select at time of booking) to a ‘keepers only’ area.
  • Prepare a tasty and exciting treat for the apes.
  • A member of staff will be on-hand, to show you how to make ‘enrichment sticks’ and explain what you are doing.
  • You get the best seats in the house as dinner is served – complete with a keeper talk that explains how important diet and enrichment is to our great ape families.
  • Behind the scenes photo opportunities.
  • Hear personal insights into the lives of the apes from our experienced and passionate keepers.
  • 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.

When booking please specify which ape species you would like to have your experience with; Western Lowland Gorillas or Sumatran Orangutans.

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 8 people per session.
  • This encounter is suitable for children aged 10 or over.
  • All children under 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
  • 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 ‘Meet the Apes’ 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.

3 reviews for Meet the Apes

  1. 5 out of 5


    We had a fantastic time at Jersey Zoo on Saturday 4th August 2018 and I had an amazing orangutan experience – thank you to all those concerned in making our visit a truly memorable one xxx

  2. 5 out of 5


    Was the best day of our lives, left feeling like we had a general connection with the apes. 100% coming back in the future to see them all again!!!!

  3. 5 out of 5


    Excellent experience with the Orangutans. Staff truly excellent and so welcoming. Make wrapped enrichment treats first (great fun in itself) before going to see the magnificent Orangutans. The highlight of our trip, and so reasonable compared to other places.

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