Covid-19 Update…. unfortunately we are having to postpone all of our Animal Encounter activities due to the current government restrictions. If you have an event booked in then we will be in contact to arrange a time to re-book.
If you love meerkats then what better experience than to get up close and personal to our Merrist Wood meerkat family. Our meet the meerkat experiences are available to anyone aged eight-years-old plus.
During the experience you will control feed the meerkats and learn all about them from one of our Animal Keepers. Our meerkats are very friendly and will happily play near you during the experience.
The experience takes place inside the meerkat enclosure within the walled garden. The ground is a sand-based substrate and is therefore not suitable for wheelchair users.
Meet the Meerkats is £30 per person for a 15 minute encounter, and is available at weekends and during school holidays. Those participating in Meet the Meerkats must be aged 8+ and wear closed-toe shoes and long trousers or they will be unable to take part. All participants need to be from the same family due to social distancing guidelines and face coverings MUST be worn.
To book a Meet the Meerkats experience please contact us on 07854 274866 or email [email protected]. Gift vouchers are available.
Animal Encounters Tour can be added to a Meet the Meerkat Experience for an extra £18 per person see here for more information.
Please read our terms and conditions below before booking.
How long is the experience?
Meet the Meerkats is a 15-minute encounter.
When do you offer these experiences?
Meet the Meerkats is available at weekends and during school holidays. To arrange a date with us please contact us directly [email protected]. If you have booked an Animal Encounter Tour, then a meerkat experience can be added onto the tour for an extra fee.
What clothing should be worn?
Those participating in Meet the Meerkats must wear closed-toe shoes and long trousers or they will be unable to take part in the experience. This is because the meerkats may run over participants and possibly sit on them.
What will happen during the experience?
During the experience participants will control feed the meerkats and learn about them from one of our Animal Keepers. Scatter feeding will take place around the enclosure and next to participants, our meerkats are very friendly meaning they will play near you during the experience and may run across your laps.
Can I take pictures?
Yes, you will be allowed to take pictures during the experience. No pictures with flash are allowed as the meerkats may get spooked by it. The Animal Keeper on the day will go through the rules regarding photography.
Can guests come along and watch the experience?
Up to 3 guests can come along and watch the experience. Guests can watch the experience from outside the enclosure through the glass and take photos.
How do I book a Meerkat experience?
Meerkat experiences must be pre-booked and can be booked on our website by filling out a contact form or email [email protected]. We will then be in contact to arrange a date that suits you.
Can I purchase a gift voucher for someone?
Yes, vouchers can be purchased as a gift for someone else. Please visit our ‘Animal Gift Voucher’ page and fill out a booking form or alternatively you can contact us directly. After the voucher form has been completed, we will be in contact to confirm that we have received the booking form and payment will be taken over the phone. After payment, the vouchers will be sent either by email, post, or both. To arrange a date for the experience please send us an email or give us a call.
Is the experience inside or outside?
The experience takes place outside and is not under cover. It will still go ahead if it’s raining.
Can I touch the meerkats?
During the experience you will not be able to touch the meerkats. Meerkats will run over you and may sit on your lap. Scatter feeding will take place around the enclosure and next to where you sit, meaning the meerkats will come very close to you.