Meet the Apes

£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 are entitled to a 15% discount (applicable only for the member participating in the experience)
  • 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.


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