Meet the Meerkats

Fancy getting up close and personal with the cheekiest mob in town? Tilgate Nature Centre offers Meet the Meerkat experiences, available to anyone aged eight-years-old or above.

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What does the experience involve?

During Meet the Meerkats you will feed the mob some tasty treats and speak to a keeper all about their care, welfare and mischievousness! Our meerkats are a friendly bunch and will happily sit on your lap during the experience – they often venture up to the head and shoulders too!

Due to the nature of the experience Meet the Meerkats takes place inside the meerkat enclosure. This involves climbing two steps and walking up a small but steep slope. The ground is a sand-based substrate and is therefore not suitable for wheelchair users. Please bear this in mind when making your booking.

How much does it cost?

Meerkat pup

Meet the Meerkats is £25 per person for a 15 minute encounter, and is available 7 days a week, at 11:30am, 1:30pm or 3pm during the summer and 11.30am, 1pm or 2pm during the winter. 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.

What do our visitors think?

Meet the meerkats is an incredibly popular experience and our mob can’t help but put a smile on your face! Check out what previous visitors thought on TripAdvisor:

“My son was given a Meet the Meerkat experience for his birthday and we went along today to meet them. The staff member that was in the enclosure with him was exceptional and my son was still grinning from ear-to-ear as he lay in bed tonight. The whole park is such an excellent facility and the nature park is superb value, but the event today was very much the icing on the cake. I’d recommend the park and the Meerkat experience to anyone and everyone, and if you’re looking for a gift for a nature-loving kid, look no further!”

It’s an experience not to be missed!

How do I book?

If you have any questions or to book, please call us on 01293 521168 or email tilgate@crawley.gov.uk. You can pay over the phone using a credit or debit card.

Meet the Meerkats gift vouchers are also available. Email or ring the above number to arrange a voucher to be sent to the address of your choosing.