Animal Encounters

Merrist Wood

Animal Encounters

Merrist Wood College was awarded a zoo licence in June 2018, allowing it to share its collection of exotic animals, some of which are of conservation importance, with the wider community.


The College’s Animal Management Centre includes arid and tropical biomes and a nocturnal room, which houses a wide variety of species. The Centre provides a state-of-the-art learning environment for students, which enables animals to be studied and cared for in a more natural environment. Animal Encounter activities include Junior Keeper Experiences, Public Tours, Education Tours, Children’s Parties and Animal Experiences.


Licence Information
Licence Number: AWRL019
Licensable Activities: Keeping or Training Animals for Exhibition
Licensed by Guildford Borough Council

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What We Offer

Junior Animal Keeper Experiences

Come and join our Animal Keepers for a day, working with a huge variety of animals.

Birthday Parties

We offer a unique birthday experience at our Animal Management Centre or Farm – perfect for those who love animals and nature

Animal Encounter Tours

Why not book an Animal Encounter Tour of our Animal Management Centre and meet all our animals.

girl feeding goats
Animal Education Tours

Education tours of our Animal Management Centre can be booked for schools and youth groups, including Guides, Brownies, Cubs etc.

Family with the meerkats
Meet the Meerkats Experience

If you love meerkats then what better experience than to get up close and personal to our Merrist Wood meerkat family

Girl feeding goat
Animal Encounter Gift Vouchers

Buy an Animal Encounters gift voucher for your animal lover! Perfect for that special gift…..