Meet The Meerkats Experience

Private Events

Please note – Due to the current government roadmap on businesses reopening, bookable dates are not available until August (phase 5) – you can however still purchase open dated vouchers and get in touch now to book your future visit.

Come and meet our mob of meerkats, right here at our Wild Encounters site. Hang out with them and feed them while learning all about these fantastic creatures from one of our dedicated and knowledgeable keepers as they climb all over you and treat you as one of their own.

Up to 2 participants max per slot.

10yrs+ minimum age limit. For our meerkat experience suitable for younger age groups please see our Meerkat Feed and Greet Experience

Open dated vouchers for the experience can also be purchased, making them the perfect birthday/Christmas present for any animal lover!

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, fill out some paperwork etc. Once the formalities are done and we're prepared with the meerkat's meal the real fun can begin! One of our keepers will take you into their enclosure to meet our meerkat mob face to face. Depending on the weather, you will be taken into their large outdoor enclosure, or spacious indoor area to enjoy your experience, so can be enjoyed whatever the weather! You'll get to spend plenty of time hanging out with the mob, feeding them and learning all about them from our knowledgeable and dedicated keeper. Experience generally lasts 45 minutes-1 hour including induction, however lengths may vary between experiences.

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

Price List

1 participant €45
2 participants €65

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. Please be aware that spectators do not go into the enclosure at any point and 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

Simply get in touch to organise booking your date, once done you can purchase your voucher through our online shop or using the form to the left. Your voucher will then be produced and emailed out to you within 24 hours. Don't have a date in mind yet? No problem! Just purchase a voucher which will be open dated and valid for a whole year! You or the voucher recipient can then get in touch when its convenient to book a date!

Bookable time slots are 11am and 3pm daily.

Dates and time slots are subject to availability and must be pre-booked in advance. We recommend, to avoid disappointment, you buy your voucher and book your date as early as possible. If you have a specific date in mind then please do feel free to get in touch with us to check availability prior to buying your voucher, however, please note that we cannot hold any date without purchase of a voucher.

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 levels of interaction may vary between experiences.

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. Unfortunately, there is no wheelchair access into the enclosure. 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.