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Animal Encounter at Drusillas Park
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Get up close and personal to a choice of animals at Drusillas Park. Come and say ‘hi’ to a sloth, cosy up to a camel or choose to ‘Picnic with the Pandas’. Alternatively, have ‘Tea with the Coatis or Beavers’, feed the lemurs, or get up close to Drusillas’ fantastic giant anteaters.
The ‘Meerkat Experience’ involves learning about the diet of these sociable creatures before prepping their food and handing it out; with ‘Penguin Feeding’, you’ll learn about the park’s Humboldt penguins and gain hands-on experience preparing their treats.
If you’re feeling slightly braver, try the ‘Snuggle up to a Snake’ encounter, or the ‘Tickle a Tarantula’ experience. Whatever you choose, you’re sure of an experience unlike any other.
- Behind the scenes tour
- Health and safety briefing
- 30 minutes inside the animal enclosure
- Experience gift pack including personalised voucher and message card
What happens on the day?
You will be met at the park by an animal keeper who will give you a behind the scenes tour first and then lead you to which ever activity it is you have chosen. You’ll be given a health and safety briefing and then get to grips with the animals, either being introduced to a few and feeding them or preparing their food first – it depends on which fascinating encounter it is. If you decided to meet a snake or tarantula, don’t worry – they won’t require feeding.
At the end of your experience there will be plenty of time to take some close up photographs, so don’t forget to bring your camera. Participants are welcome to arrive early and stay until the park closes to enjoy other attractions and animals.
Your voucher is valid for 9 months from the date of issue, while government restrictions apply in relation to Covid-19 we are offering free extensions on all experiences so you can take your experience when the time is right.
- Minimum age: 6 (under 16s must be accompanied by an adult with a valid day ticket)
- Please note that this experience is for one participant. Spectators will not be able to accompany the voucher holder during their experience
- Entry to Drusillas Park is included for the Close Encounter participant/s. Additional (non-participating) guests will require a valid day ticket
- The experience content, equipment used and restrictions may vary
This experience is run daily except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
It is recommended that you book at least four to six weeks in advance to ensure that dates are available. All bookings are subject to availability.
Your experience will last approximately 30 to 40 minutes, however you are welcome to spend all day at the park.
What about insurance?
The centres contracted with us hold public liability insurance. We also hold contingency liability cover. You will not be liable for accidental damage to equipment, except where damage has been caused as a result of recklessness or wilful negligence.
A cancellation indemnity, subject to terms, is included with every voucher.
How it works
All you have to do is pay for the experience you wish to purchase and we’ll send a voucher and booking information to you or directly to the recipient, then you just need to check the info and book your experience.
Packaging and Delivery
Please see the following page for information on our packaging and delivery.
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East Sussex - Alfriston
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