Junior Keeper

Please note: All experiences have been suspended until further notice, in line with our social distancing protocol. We are not currently selling vouchers for Meet the Meerkats or Junior Keeper. We will update this page with any developments or changes as soon as they arise.

Do your kids love animals? Have they ever wondered what it’s like to be a zookeeper? Now is their chance to find out, with Junior Keeper for a Day at Tilgate Nature Centre!

Sessions last 4 and a half hours and include:DSC_0569

  • Cleaning out a selection of enclosures
  • Making up animal feeds
  • Making enrichment toys
  • Feeding the animals and giving them their new toys
  • A whole hour of animal handling, including meerkats, owls, snakes, coati and more.

Junior Keeper teaches children all about correct handling, care and conservation of a number of species as well as being a lot of fun!

Participants will receive a ‘Junior Keeper’ t-shirt to take home as well as some other goodies.

Session Information

Junior Keeper costs £90 per child and is suitable for 8 to 16 year olds. Please note Junior Keeper is not an individual experience and there will be up to five children per session. Private experiences can be organised on other dates with a minimum of three children. If your child has additional needs, such as ASD or accessibility needs, then please give us a call on 01293 521 168 to discuss options.

Sadly, we are not taking any new bookings at the moment!


To book, please call 01293 521168 or email tilgate@crawley.gov.uk.

Spaces are limited so book soon to avoid disappointment.