Tickle a Tapir

Watch Video

Tickle a Tapir

Take a trip back in time with our Tapir animal experience! These native creatures of Brazil have been around for 35 million years and now you can meet a whole family of them at our Hertfordshire zoo. They are extremely friendly and inquisitive and they love a good tickle!

Your experience starts with welcome drinks in the Discovery Centre where you will be greeted by a member of our Animal Park team.  The keeper will escort you to the Tapir paddock for your health and a safety briefing. You’ll learn from one of our experienced zookeepers how to approach and feed the Tapirs using a few tasty snacks. You’ll also be able to ask questions and hear all about how these prehistoric-looking creatures are being protected from extinction.

Our keeper will be on hand to guide you through this amazing animal experience with our family of Brazilian Tapir. This is a real opportunity to get up close and personal with these giant softies as they lay at your feet waiting to be tickled. You will experience the docile nature of these odd looking creatures. Don’t forget your camera as there will be opportunities for your guide to take some shots of you tickling and feeding a Tapir before leaving the enclosure.

You can purchase an annual membership to the park online here.

Our Gift Vouchers can be redeemed across all of our experiences, including our Tickle A Tapir package! Perfect as a gift for friends or family.

The What to Know's

  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Minimum age: 10 years
  • Participants under the age of 16 years must be accompanied on site by an adult with a valid day ticket.
  • Wheelchair accessible (further information required when booking)
  • Experience includes entry to the park for the day
  • Participants receive a certificate
  • We do not recommend participating if you are pregnant, due to the large size of the Tapirs.


Experience Prices

Each experience includes admission to Paradise, so you can spend the whole day at the park around your experience if you wish.

You can bring guests who pay normal admission prices but cannot participate in the experience.

Available for 1 to 2 participants
From: £99.00

Terms of Experience

Please read through our terms and conditions below regarding our experiences before booking.

Experiences & Tours

Events & News


Paradise Wildlife Park are proud to be affiliated with the following associations: