Animal Encounters

If you’ve ever fancied coming face-to-face with a giraffe, or dreamed of feeding a lion it’s breakfast, then our Animal Encounters are just the experience you’re looking for!

We offer a range of animal experiences so you’ll be able to find something that definitely makes your dreams come true! Whatever you choose, you’ll get an up close animal encounter that is the best animal experience around.

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Carnivore Keeper Encounter – £149

Take to the safari with our animal team and drive into lion country! Join one of our safari drive team on the carnivore section and get close to some of natures apex predators.

For around two and a half hours, you will be on the safari drive with the animal team experiencing what it is like to look after the needs of these powerful and dangerous creatures. Your encounter includes a drive out to the big cats, meeting the pride and being on lion patrol. The animal team will aim to get you as involved as possible with the lions, tigers and Iberian wolves.

Admission to the safari is included within the encounter ticket, which means nothing to pay on the day, and as part of your experience you will receive 10% off an annual membership – giving you all the benefits of being a member at the park, including free entry for a year. We will also include 10% off in the gift shop or restaurant on the day of your experience.

The carnivore encounter is for 18 years +. Please be aware that our Carnivore Keeper Encounters are for a maximum of one person only.

Rhino Keeper Encounter – £149

Take to the safari with our animal team and drive out to meet the parks crash of white rhino! Join one of our safari drive team on the rhino division and get close to arguably the world’s second largest land mammal (sorry hippo).

For around two and a half hours, you will be on the safari drive with the animal team experiencing what it’s like to look after the needs of these extraordinary animals. Your experience includes a drive out to the rhino section, meeting the rhino crash, and being on rhino patrol. The animal team will aim to get you as involved as possible with the rhino so you can discover what makes these animals so special.

Admission to the safari is included within the encounter ticket, which means nothing to pay on the day, and as part of your encounter you will receive 10% off an annual membership – giving you all the benefits of being a member at the park, including free entry for a year. We will also include 10% off in the gift shop or restaurant on the day of your experience.

The rhino encounter is for 18 years +. Please be aware that our Rhino Keeper Encounters are for a maximum of one person only.

Meerkat Encounter – £69

Meet our mob of meerkats with this fun and informative encounter. Meerkats are inquisitive creatures that love to hunt for little bugs to eat.

For around half an hour, you will get to meet the team that look after these infamous little creatures, help to prepare their food, enter the enclosure, and scatter the food for the meerkats to enjoy.

Admission to the safari is included within the encounter ticket, which means nothing to pay on the day, and as part of your encounter you get 10% off an annual membership – giving you all the benefits of being a member at the park including free entry for a year. We will also include 10% off in the gift shop or restaurant on the day of your encounter.

Minimum age for the encounter is 6-years-old, and participants under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult spectator for a fee of £10, payable on the day.

Disabled access is limited to this area, so please make us aware of any extenuating circumstances upon booking.

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Sea Lion Trainer – £250

This is a fantastic opportunity to spend the day with our sea lions Biffo, Arthur and Roger, and work with our sea lion staff as they look after these amazing marine mammals.

During the day you will work with the trainers and learn how they teach the sea lions to demonstrate their natural behaviors, you will be able to get up close to the sea lions (watch out for Biffo he likes to dish out kisses), and help to prepare the food and feed the sea lions – and if you are up for it, you may even be able to get involved in one of the daily shows!

Participants must be at least 18-years-old at the time of the experience.
Not available on bank holidays.

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Giraffe Encounter – £69

Meet the tall boys! Join our animal team behind the scenes at the giraffes and climb up onto the viewing platform to get face to face with the worlds tallest animal.

For around half an hour, you will be with the animal team experiencing what it is like to look after the needs of these remarkable animals.

Admission to the safari is included within the encounter ticket, which means nothing to pay on the day, and as part of your experience you will receive 10% off an annual membership – giving you all the benefits of being a member at the park, including free entry for a year. We will also include 10% off in the gift shop or restaurant on the day of your experience.

The giraffe encounter is for 6 years +. Participants under the age of 17 must be accompanied by one adult spectator at a cost of £10, payable on the day. Please be aware that each additional adult must pay full price entrance fee.

Giraffe Encounters are for a maximum of 2 people, however there may be occasions when separate bookings are grouped together for an encounter.

Birds of Prey Encounter – £65/£105

In conjunction with Gauntlet Birds of Prey, Flight of the Talons here at Knowsley Safari offer experience days which are designed to allow guests to get close to, fly and learn more about birds of prey here at the park.

Birds of Prey Encounters are offered as both half day and full day experiences, at a cost of £65 or £105  respectively. Your day will begin at 10.30 and we will start with an introduction into the lives of these birds, how we train them and most exciting of all how to handle and fly them.

During your time with us you will handle and fly a variety of raptors.

The minimum age to participate on the half day event is 16-years-old. Spectators are welcome with guests at a cost of £15 per person, however prior notice must be given for any additional attendees on this experience.

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One Hour VIP Guided Safari Tour – £80

Our VIP Guided Tour takes place across the Safari Drive, and lasts for roughly an hour depending on how busy the park is. Your driver and exclusive guide will take you around the drive in one of our safari vehicles and tell you about the various animals we have here at Knowsley, as well as answering any of your questions. Best of all, our VIP package allows visitors exclusive use of the staff only roads around the drive, allowing you to get a little bit closer for a deeply wild and authentic experience with some of our most popular animals, including our pride of lions and of course, Knowsley’s infamous baboons.

Once you have completed the VIP Safari Drive, your guide will drop you off in our walk around area where you can enjoy the rest of your day visiting all the other animals of the Safari Park – and don’t forget, we also have our restaurant for refreshments, and gift shop for those souvenirs to remind of a fantastic day at Knowsley Safari!

The tour vehicle can take up to 6 people at a time, with exclusive use for your party alone. The charge for the tour vehicle is £80 plus standard admission rates.

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Kid's Clubs

Intrepid Explorers – age 7 to 10 yrs old

A 3 day programme perfect for youngsters who love animals, conservation and nature!

Our NEW Intrepid Explorers is a fun holiday programme where children take part in a range of activities exploring the natural world and how to look after it. This includes a range of games, crafts and messy activities both in and out the classroom.

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Junior Rangers  – age 11 to 14 yrs .

An exciting 3 day club for children aged 11-14 to qualify as a Knowsley Safari Junior Ranger.


Perfect for young animal lovers interested in knowing more about conservation and the natural world.

There will be amazing behind the scenes experiences including meeting our sea lions and learning how they are trained, feeding the giraffe and carnivore enrichment.

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Knowsley Academy – age 15 to 18 yrs

The intensive 5 day course covers practical husbandry experience with a range of animals which may include elephants, reptiles, carnivores and giraffe. Tasks vary but can include: mucking out, preparing food, making enrichment or watching a training session.

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Our animal experiences run from March – October and our Rhino experience from April – October.

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