This unique experience takes you behind-the-scenes to meet the animals you love most with our expert guide. From giraffes and koalas to tigers and meerkats, this bespoke experience allows you to tailor your own wild encounter, topped off with Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) patronage and lunch in the Mansion House.

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What's included

You’ll enjoy unparalleled access to Edinburgh Zoo, starting your day with our keeper at the first of four animal enclosures. Four animals can be selected from the categories accordingly – one gold, one silver and two bronze. 

Sumatran tiger Dharma looking directly at camera surrounded by trees IMAGE: Rebecca Parr 2022


Big Cat – it could be our Sumatran tigers or Asiatic lion!

Nubian giraffe  


Linne’s two toed sloth 




Three-banded armadillo

Red panda  

Giant anteater  

Buff-cheeked gibbon  

Gelada baboon  


Red panda Ginger eating bamboo with hand up and looking down. IMAGE: Amy Middleton (2022)
Ring railed lemur on a branch looking at the camera (eye-contact) IMAGE: Amy Middleton (2023)


Wallaby                                          Warty pigs

Chimpanzee scatter feed           Red river hog

Pygmy hippo                                Pygmy goat

Meerkat                                         Reptile

Lemur                                            Bird flying


As well as getting up close and providing the animals with a tasty treat, we’ll share incredible stories to help you learn more about animal care in the zoo and how you are helping to protect them in the wild.

Your exclusive tour also includes a coffee stop and is rounded off with lunch in the Mansion House. After lunch, you’ll be free to explore the sights and sounds of Edinburgh Zoo at your leisure.

The experience is for two people, aged 16+.  

Some extra goodies!

Your experience includes Joint Patronage of RZSS for one year, putting you and your loved one at the forefront of wildlife conservation in Scotland and around the world. As a patron, you can enjoy a closer relationship with RZSS through a programme including:

  • Exclusive patron events and behind the scenes tours
  • Small group events with RZSS expert conservationists
  • Unlimited access for you and your family to Edinburgh Zoo and Highland Wildlife Park, plus 12 other zoos across the UK
  • Regular updates and news so that you can feel part of endangered species conservation around the world

Our committed group of patrons have become the cornerstone of pioneering conservation and research projects to protect endangered animals, making this a very special opportunity. All proceeds from the bespoke tours supports RZSS and our wildlife conservation work in Scotland and around the world. 


From £4,000 for two, aged 16+

More information

Bespoke tours are subject to availability.  

To book and for more information, please contact

Additional participants can be added at a charge of £500 each (patronage not included). Those under 16 years old are permitted to join, however certain species will be restricted.  

Our free mobility vehicle is available for those who may need a little extra help navigating our hills. Our wheelchairs and electric mobility scooters are also available. Please ensure you mention this requirement at the time of booking so we can ensure arrangements are in place. 

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