Meerkat Feed and Greet Encounter


Private Events

Come and feed our mob of meerkats whilst learning all about them from one of our dedicated and knowledgeable keepers. See what it feels like to be a zookeeper as you feed our meerkat group in the public meerkat feed and talk. Chat to the keeper and ask any questions while watching the meerkats eagerly gulp down their meal. Meet one of them afterwards and have a photo opportunity with it to remember your day. A great experience for the young animal enthusiast!

Up to 2 participants max per slot.

8yrs+ minimum age limit.

What To Expect On The Day

When you turn up for your experience there will be a short induction where we go through the experience with you, what to do, what not to do etc. Once the formalities are done and we're prepared with the meerkat's meal the real fun can begin! You will have the amazing experience of taking part in the public meerkat feed and talk, feeding our meerkats while members of the public watch and listen to the keeper talk. Afterwards you'll have the opportunity to spend extra time asking the keeper any questions you may have. You will have the opportunity to learn all about these beautiful creatures.

Once you have watched the meerkats eat all the food you have thrown in for them, your keeper will provide the opportunity for you to meet our friendlier meerkats a little closer and have a photo opportunity with them!

Experience generally lasts approx 20-30 minutes. Please be aware that this experience is a shorter version of our Meet the Meerkats Experience and is designed as a 'feed and greet' type session. For an EVEN MORE interactive experience meeting them inside their exhibit, please see our Meet The Meerkats Experience (10yrs+).

Once your experience is done you can then feel free to wander round the rest of our other critters that call Wild Encounters their home, such as Mika, our naughty raccoon, or Rico the macaw, or check out the scaley and creepy crawly animals to be found in our reptile room!

Price List

1 participant €25
2 participants €40

Price includes entry for participant/s. Spectators are welcome to come along and watch/take pictures etc (Under 16 year old participants must have at least 1 adult spectator/participant with them) and are subject to normal admission charges and must also be prebooked in advance. Spectators do not take part in the experience. Should the experience take place in the meerkat's indoor area we will only be able to allow two spectators in at a time due to space restrictions etc. and as its a 'behind the scenes' area is unfortunately not suitable for wheelchair access.

Booking Your Experience

If you're ready to book your experience then simply click on the 'book now' button below and pick your date and time slot to purchase. If you don't have a date in mind yet or want to purchase it as a gift for someone else then you can purchase one of our monetary vouchers from our online shop to use at a later time.

Have a pre-purchased voucher ready to use? No problem, if its an experience specific voucher then just follow the same booking process and use your voucher number (top left corner of your voucher) in the discount code section on checkout and the cost of the experience will be removed from your booking! If its an open monetary voucher you have then unfortunately it cannot be used with our online booking system so please get in touch with us to use it against booking an experience.

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Dates and time slots are subject to availability and must be pre-booked in advance.

If the voucher is for two participants, then both participants must take part during the same booking slot, the voucher cannot be redeemed for two separate bookings.

Further Info

Although we promise an up close experience with our meerkat group, animal welfare is our top priority and so we do not force them to do anything they don't want to do, therefore experiences may vary.

Although the experience is partaken under the supervision and guidance of one of our trained keepers and therefore made as safe as possible, animals can sometimes be unpredictable and therefore there is a slight risk of the odd scrape or nip. Those booking experiences for themselves or other people should make sure that all participants are confident around animals in order for the experience to run smoothly and safely. Regrettably, certain guests will be unable to take part including people with relevant phobias or known allergies, pregnant women, and immunocompromised individuals. Whilst every effort is made to accommodate those with a disability or learning difficulty, due to practicality and health and safety this cannot always be achieved. Regrettably, as the experience involves going behind the scenes in some cases, this experience is not suitable for wheelchair users. Please contact us for advice before purchasing in such cases.

Once purchased, vouchers are non-refundable, even if not redeemed and have no monetary value, therefore they cannot be partially or fully exchanged. It is the responsibility of the voucher holder to book their experience. Wild Encounters cannot be held responsible for non-use of a voucher.

If a booking is made and you need to change the date, then the experience is transferable to another date (subject to availability) free of charge if we receive no less than 14 days notice of the booking date. If a cancellation is made with less than 14 days notice then we regret that a change of date would not be possible without a rescheduling fee of €20 to re-book. If Wild Encounters cancels (due to an animal welfare issue or other such scenario) then alternative dates will be offered. Wild Encounters will endeavor to give as much notice as possible in the event of an encounter booking being cancelled.