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The Animal Experience

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Meet the Meerkats Experience - BRILLIANT !!!!!!!

BRILLIANT experience...approx 20-30 mins sitting on the floor with meerkats climbing all over you... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Brilliant memories

Got this for my wife as birthday present, was told off but she loved it. Half hour with 30... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Purley, United Kingdom
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The Animal Experience has moved to our new site at Stretham, a family business founded in 1995, offering hands on experiences with a wide variety of snakes, lizards, tarantulas, meerkats, coatis. We have Royal Pythons, Brazilian Rainbow Boa...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Cambridge Road, Stretham CB6 3LU, England
+44 1223 269654
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Reviewed 4 days ago

BRILLIANT experience...approx 20-30 mins sitting on the floor with meerkats climbing all over you and feeding them (if the cheeky scamps haven't nicked entire bowl of mealworms off you that is!)...could have stayed with them for hours. Really polite, friendly staff who are very happy...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank HugginsHome
Reviewed 6 days ago

Got this for my wife as birthday present, was told off but she loved it. Half hour with 30 meercats, dominant male/female and also new babies. We sat on the floor and given food, and immediatly the meercats were all over us. Make sure you...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank nickiand2nymiddle2n
Reviewed 1 week ago

WOW! What an absolute privilege to meet these friendly, inquisitive animals.Better to sit or lay down with them.Yes, you do get them standing on your head acting as a sentry,as seen on many TV appearances.They respond to 'Hand Feeding' and are a delight be with....More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank lsmithbo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My daughter and her husband and my partner and I booked the meerkat experience as a Christmas present to each other. It was the best thing ever. Our guide was very knowledgeable and the meerkats were very cheeky and interacted with all 4 of us...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Susiemac1977
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent 30 minutes sitting in the Meerkat enclosure along with ou guide, George, and 4 Meerkats. George is a really nice lad and he is very knowledgeable. The Meerkats started to interact with us after a few minutes. They used is as ‘sentry posts’...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Sarah_and_Julian
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a lovely day on Wednesday. We had booked the bird of prey experience, the meerkats and the reptiles. The staff were very friendly and knowledgable, able to tell us everything we wanted to know and more about the animals. It felt relaxed and...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank dazzathestag
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took my grandson for the meerkat experience and it was great. Ben, the staff member was friendly and really informative. The meerkats were charming.It really is something different and fun.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Barbara C
Mitchmilksnake, Owner at The Animal Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

thanks glad you enjoyed

Reviewed 2 February 2019 via mobile

Such a great experience! Staff were very knowledgeable and the meerkats exceptionally cute and interactive!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Lucy M
Reviewed 14 January 2019 via mobile

This is by far the best thing i have ever done. The meerkats are such cheeky little scamps. My boyfriend really wasn't keen on doing this but he loved every second of it too. If you are looking to do something that will make amazing...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Kitten_little
Reviewed 13 January 2019

"If you're daft enough to lie on the floor they'll jump all over you" I was told, and I'm daft enough to try it, and the Meerkat's certainly did jump all over me. What a great experience, and a great laugh. I never expected the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Pat K
13 July 2018|
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Response from DaveJ1953 | Reviewed this property |
we had it as a present from buy a gift but the lady at the site said you can book it direct with them google meerkat experience ely
Laura P
18 June 2018|
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Response from deang2016 | Reviewed this property |
It didn’t cost us anything. We had a gift experience and were able to just go in. Everyone is super formerly and helpful. If you’ve paid for your experience already (or someone has gifted it to you) then you shouldn’t have... More
Michael J B
18 June 2016|
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Response from 84,849 | Reviewed this property |
You have to book in advance by phone or email and price depends on what you want to see