You will be greeted at the Welcome Centre by a member of the wildlife park team. If you’re early, you can go and take a peek at the many different animals that are homed at the Wildlife Park. There are also plenty of places to grab a drink or bite to eat whilst there.
When it’s time for you to meet the Meerkats, you will need to make your way over to the Discovery Centre. Here you will be introduced to one of the zoo keepers and receive a health and safety briefing.
Then it’s off to one of the Meerkat enclosures where you will get to experience first-hand the characteristics and feeding habits of these loveable creatures!
When it’s all over, you will be presented with a certificate and T-Shirt.
How long does it take?
Please allow up to one hour for this experience. The experience itself will take approximately 30 minutes.
When can I try it?
This activity can be booked 7 days a week throughout the year (except Christmas Day).
What should I wear/bring?
Just wear normal outdoor clothes appropriate for the weather on the day, including comfortable, flat-soled shoes. The experience will go ahead in most weather conditions except for heavy snow.
I’m booking for someone who needs a carer. Is that a problem?
With the Meet the Meerkats gift experience, a carer can enjoy the experience at no extra charge. For more details on carers, please see our Questions and Answers page.
Can I book for children?
Yes, the Meet the Meerkats gift experience is suitable for children over 10 years. Under 14’s must be accompanied by an adult.
The wildlife park has been adapted where required to accommodate wheelchair users and people with disabilities. The car park and pathways around the Wildlife Park are all well maintained tarmac, ideal for a variety of disabilities.
There is ample disabled parking available. The Wildlife Park operates a minibus service from the train station that can accommodate a wheelchair.
There are disabled toilets around the site including in the main restaurant and public areas.
In order to get in to some of the enclosures there is a small step to overcome, these are generally no more than 10cm, and staff will gladly assist in order to overcome any obstacle.
Assistance dogs are welcome at the wildlife park, it may be necessary for you to leave your assistance dog with a member of staff in the office or with a friend or family member outside the Meerkat enclosure.
There are plenty of grass areas to spend an assistance dog, but please be mindful of other visitors to the park and clear up where possible. Assistance dogs must remain on the lead at all times.
The Wildlife Park has a play area for children with a specific section for children with disabilities, including a wheelchair swing!
The staff at the Wildlife Park are very friendly and are used to working with people with disabilities. As everyone’s needs are different, it helps if you are clear about exactly what help you need from them.
The Meet the Meerkats Gift Experience is suitable for people with the following disabilities:
- Deaf / Hard of Hearing
- Restricted – Arm
- Restricted – Leg
- Visually Impaired
If your disability is not mentioned here but you’re interested in Meeting a Meerkat, please do give us a call as we may well be able to accommodate other disabilities.