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Thank you for your donation – it means a lot to us! Please Gift Aid it if you can, and help us continue in our mission of saving wildlife from extinction around the world.

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By selecting ‘yes’ you agree to the following statement: I am a UK taxpayer and understand that if I pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all my donations in that tax year it is my responsibility to pay any difference. Gift Aid can only be claimed on donations for you and members of your family that visit Chester Zoo.

Komodo dragon Experience at Chester Zoo

This BRAND NEW experience will bring you closer to the world’s LARGEST living lizard than ever before! 

Enter a tropical habitat, and come face to face with this HUGE venomous lizard! You’ll be left with incredible memories that will last a lifetime! 

This unique experience will take you behind the scenes of our Dragons in Danger habitat, helping our keepers to create scent trails and other forms of enrichment like hiding or scattering food! You’ll also help the keepers feed some of the other animals that can be found in this habitat too.

You’ll also have the opportunity to ask our animal experts any questions you may have about this impressive carnivore, and the incredible work our teams are doing to protect this species from extinction.

Buying this gift will not only be an experience to remember but you will also be contributing to our conservation work here at the zoo and around the globe – thank you!

Your experience:

  • Will last about 60 minutes. Approximately 30 minutes spent with the animals.
  • Lay scent trails and other forms of enrichment like hiding or scattering food. Then watch the komodo dragon and discuss its behaviour. Our keepers may also need help with weighing or target training.
  • Get up close and help our keepers feed the tortoises or lizards.
  • Take the opportunity to learn about these incredible animals and ask our keepers any questions you  have.
  • Exclusive gift and experience certificate.
  • Zoo admission.

Participants MUST be 16 years or older.

When would you like to come?

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Terms and conditions:

  • Experience includes zoo admission for the participant only.
  • The Experience is available for adults and children aged 16 years old and over.
  • As this experience takes place behind the scenes it is not suitable for spectators to come along and watch you take part. 
  • The participant will need to be comfortable with a warm, humid environment and handling Komodo dragon food items (such as fish, eggs, small carcasses).
  • Regrettably certain guests will be unable to take part including people with relevant phobias or known allergies; and immunocompromised individuals.
  • Whilst every effort is made to accommodate those with a disability or learning difficulty, due to practicality and health and safety this cannot always be achieved – contact Chester Zoo before purchasing.

COVID safety requirements:

  • Face masks are mandatory for all participants even those who are medically exempt. All participants MUST wear a dark coloured face mask.
  • All guests' hands must be washed/sanitised prior to starting and after an experience.
  • All guests within proximity to our animals must also wear protective gloves which shall be provided.
  • Social distancing must always be adhered to by guests when in proximity of staff and other guests.
  • Limited capacities have been introduced to all experiences to ensure social distancing can be maintained for the safety of our animals, visitors and staff.
  • Unfortunately the keepers will be unable to take photographs for you during the experience with your own devices, but when the keepers say it is safe to do so you are more than welcome to take some yourself. 

See our full terms and conditions here.



Each person taking part in an Experience must complete a Risk Acknowledgement and Disclaimer form to confirm their booking which will be included in your email confirmation. Please complete this form when completing your online booking. Should the person participating in the experience have any Visual/Hearing/Mobility Impairment or have any Learning Difficulties/Disabilities please call us on 01244 380280.


If you have any special dietary requirements or allegeries please ensure you complete the form that will be included in your confirmation email. Please complete this form when completing your online booking. For any further information please call us on 01244 380280.