Small Carnivore Experience

Go behind the scenes with some of our small carnivores in this mongoose and serval experience!

Get closer to some amazing animals with our Small Carnivore Experience!

Experience a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes and feed our serval and mongoose or meerkats* and learn more about these fascinating animals from those who work closest with them.

Your very own host will welcome you to the experience and our expert keepers will share their knowledge of these amazing animals and answer any questions. By taking part in this exciting experience you’ll create special memories to last a lifetime. You’ll also be supporting our conservation efforts across the globe – thank you!

What’s included with your experience package?

  • 30-minute experience with our serval and mongoose or meerkats*
  • Day entry to the zoo on the day of your experience
  • 10% discount in the gift shop
  • E-certificate
  • E-gift card

* You’ll get closer to and put out food for our serval, and either our mongoose or meerkats.

Book a date today or call 01962 777988 to buy a Small Carnivore Experience voucher.

This Small Carnivore Experience is for two people. Please book both participants at the same time.

Book your experience now for just £250 for 2 people.

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Guest Information

  • Available Thursdays at 3pm
  • Participants must be 18 years old or above
  • This experience is sold as a two person experience
  • Everyone is required to wear a face mask during the experience to keep yourselves, our animals and keepers safe
  • Please read our terms and conditions before booking.

Accompanying guests are welcome to watch whilst you enjoy your experience but must remain in the public viewing area.

We are asking everyone to wear a face mask, gloves and use disinfectant foot baths during the experience to keep yourself, our staff, and animals safe. These will be provided for you and there are hand washing facilities close by.

It is your responsibility to inform us if you have any medical conditions or allergies (including dust or fur) that you or your doctor feel we should be aware of in order to ensure your safety. We regret that pregnant women and immunocompromised individuals are unable to participate in animal experiences.

Whilst every effort will be made to make our animal experiences as accessible as possible for everyone, due to the nature of the experiences this cannot always be achieved; please call 01962 777988 or email animalencounters@marwell.org.uk for advice before purchasing. This enables us to discuss any reasonable adjustments that would help improve the experience for you.

Book your experience now for just £250 for 2 people.

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Animal Experience – Terms & Conditions

  • Once purchased, animal experiences are strictly non-refundable and non-transferrable
  • Once purchased, animal experience vouchers are non-extendable and must be booked in advance and used within the expiry date shown
  • All participants must have a valid animal experience booking confirming the date and time of the experience to participate. Please note that we are unable to sell any additional experiences on the day. All experiences must be pre-booked
  • Experiences include entry to the zoo for the participant only. Any additional guests must purchase day tickets at admissions on the day or via our website, subject to availability. We regret they will not be able to take part in the experience
  • Participants must be a minimum age of:
    • 8 years to participate in the Giraffe Feeding Experience, Aviary Behind the Scenes Experience, Lemur Behind the Scenes Experience and Tropical House Behind the Scenes Experience
    • 10 years to participate in the Penguin Feeding Experience
    • 18 years to participate in the Exclusive Carnivore Experience, Small Carnivore Experience, and Exclusive Penguin Experience
  • Participants up to and including the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult (17 years and over). Accompanying adults must also book as a participant when accompanying a child aged 16 or under on an experience
  • Booking an animal experience implies agreement with our park guidelines
  • Please be advised that it is your responsibility to inform us if you have any medical condition or allergies (including dust or fur) that you or your doctor feel we should be aware of to ensure your safety
  • We regret that pregnant women and immunocompromised individuals are unable to participate in animal experiences
  • We are asking everyone to wear a face mask during the experience to keep yourself, our staff and animals safe
  • Whilst every effort will be made to make our animal experiences enjoyable and accessible as possible for everyone, due to the nature of the experiences this cannot always be achieved; please call our Guest Experience team on 01962 777988 or email animalencounters@marwell.org.uk for advice before purchasing. This enables us to discuss any reasonable adjustments that would help improve the experience for you
  • Due to unforeseeable circumstances, Marwell cannot guarantee that all animals and exhibits specified will be available. Marwell Zoo reserves the right to alter or cancel the experience on any given day. Marwell Zoo will give as much notice as possible; however, this cannot always be guaranteed
  • Participants must adhere to the health and safety guidance given and follow instructions from staff
  • Our staff will treat you with utmost respect and we ask our guests to do the same in return. Marwell will not tolerate any breach of our terms and conditions or any inappropriate or abusive behaviour towards our staff, guests or animals. Any guests behaving in this way will be denied access or asked to leave the zoo immediately

Book your experience now for just £250 for 2 people.

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