We first went to Knowsley Safari Park in the late 80s and a monkey pulled the windscreen wipers of my dad’s car. But times have changed and the park has become one of the UK’s top safari parks. They now run some pretty good experience days too, including our favourite – the sea lion training experience. 🙂

Experience days available direct from Knowsley Safari Park.

  • Birds of prey experience – Half day or Full Day
  • Carnivore keeper experience – Lions, tigers and wolves
  • Rhino keeper experience
  • Meerkat encounter
  • Sea lion trainer for a day
  • VIP guided tour

The stand out experiences here are the carnivore and rhino keeper experiences. They last over two hours and get you totally immersed in the role of the keepers, rather than the usual 30 minute close up slot. The animal team will aim to get you as involved as possible with the animals so you can discover what makes them so special.

In the same way, the sea lion trainer experience is one of a kind, and you can even take part in the sea lion show during the day. Watch out for sea lion kisses though!

The minimum age for these experiences is 18 but younger participants can take part in the meerkat encounters, and the zoo also runs junior rangers and explorers courses. Not strictly experience days, but a great way to entertain the kids for a few days.

All animal experiences run from March to October and the Rhino experience from April – October. No idea what keeps the rhinos busy during March – that’s probably when they go on their holidays or something!


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