Tickle a Tapir

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TICKLE A TAPIR AT THE ZOO


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.

The What to Know's


  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Minimum age: 10 years
  • Participants under the age of 14 years must be accompanied on site by an adult with a valid day ticket.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • 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.

This is experience is valid for up to 4 people but only if requested over the phone, email or if available on the day of visit.

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 4 participants
From: £99.00

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