Meet the Meerkats

A unique opportunity

Get up close and personal with one of our most popular species

Duration: 15 to 20 minutes

Times: 11:15am every day and also 3:30pm Tuesday to Thursday

Cost: £20 per person (excluding Hobbledown day entry price)

Suitability: For ages 8 and over. Two people per time slot.

Bookable: CLICK HERE to book online. You can also book on the day by asking at reception, subject to availability. Must be booked 30 mins prior to experience.

Spectators:  Accompanying guests can watch from the external area of the enclosure.

Dates: Experiences are available throughout the year, except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Advisory: Meerkats are often fed live food such as mealworms.

Annual Passholders: Receive a 10% discount.

Due to Covid safety rules, only one household can book each experience (up to 2 participants)

All participants must wear face coverings and disposable gloves (gloves provided)

Terms and conditions

Hobbledown reserves the right to cancel experiences at short notice. The participant will be notified of any changes or cancellations as early as possible.

Direct contact with the animals is prohibited.

The experience is implemented on a very strict time scale, should you arrive late the experience maybe cancelled or shortened.

The participant must inform Hobbledown of any medical conditions, or any known allergies. (In particular food and latex)

If a participant is behaving in a way which is detrimental to Hobbledown’s policies, we reserve the right to remove the participant from the premises without a refund.

Please do not eat any foods intended for the Meerkats.

In the event of an emergency please follow the instructions of your host/instructor.

Please wear appropriate clothing (Trousers and wellington boots.)  Hobbledown will provide wellingtons for last minute bookings.

It may be necessary, due to animal husbandry reasons, for participants to use a disinfectant footbath. Please ensure suitable footwear is worn.

You must not enter an animal enclosure without the presence or authorisation of your host/instructor.

Hobbledown will not accept responsibility for any person disregarding health and safety guidelines or neglecting to follow safe working practice instruction by its trained animal Hosts/Instructors.

Photos can be taken, however Hobbledown will not be liable for any damage to your device.

Only the Participant/s will be allowed entry into the enclosure. Parent/Guardians may view the experience from the public viewing area.


For insurance purposes participants must be 8 years old or over and have an up to date tetanus vaccination.

Health and safety

It is the participant’s responsibility to ensure all cuts and abrasions are covered prior to commencing the experience.

Please wash your hands at every opportunity.

Whilst every effort is made to accommodate everyone, due to the nature of the experience unfortunately it is not suitable for pregnant guests, visitors with disabilities or learning difficulties or those who are suffering from an immune suppressant illness.

Experiences are also not suitable for those allergic to some food products.

Covid – 19

The meerkat experience may require the participant and host to breech social distancing when entering the enclosure through the double door security system.

Hosts will wear masks during the experience.

Participants must wear face coverings and gloves during the experience.

We will provide disposable gloves, but participants are required to wear their own face covering.

Read what some happy customers have to say

We had the Zookeeper for the day experience for our 8 year old nephew and he absolutely loved it from start to finish! I won’t give away too much about which animals you get to meet as keeping some of it as a surprise was part of the fun of the day however they were all truly brilliant – If you decide to do it you will not be disappointed. The Hobbledown zookeepers were AMAZING (we had Gavin, Miles & Jamie) – they really knew their stuff, were incredibly accommodating and so kind to my nephew. We learnt so much and had fun whilst doing it. It truly was an amazing day – thank you Hobblers!

— LuckyDuckTombola

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