Animal Encounters

Merrist Wood

Animal Encounters

Merrist Wood College has a zoo licence, 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 was opened in 2016 and 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.


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

girls watching a lizard
Junior Keeper Experience

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

girls petting a tortoise
Birthday Parties

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

girl holding a snake
Animal Encounter Tours

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

girls holding an armadillo
Animal Education Tours

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