WHAT IS IN A MEERKAT ENCOUNTER
This is Meerkat Magic! Guided by an experienced member of the Animal Care Team, you'll be given an overview of our mischievious Meerkat mob - and then have time in their enclosure, really close-up! With a bowl of Meerkat treats on your lap to tempt our little characters we'll take photos of them feeding from the palm of your hand! Images will be downloaded onto a disc and presented to you as a memento of your personal Meerkat encounter!
HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE TAKING PART
This is an exclusive encounter for you - your group can be up to a maximum of four participants.
HOW OLD DO I NEED TO BE
6 years or older. Wildlife Encounters are as popular with adults as they are with kids! Children aged 6-11 years must be accompanied by a responsible adult (one adult per 3 children) who will gain free admission into the Park. This adult will not participate in the Encounter but can observe and take photographs from the sidelines.
CAN OTHER FRIENDS OR FAMILY COME INTO THE PARK TOO
Additional family or close friends not participating in the Encounter but wanting to watch from the sidelines are welcome and will be able to enter the Park with you at a discounted rate.
CAN I TOUCH THE MEERATS
No, you are asked not to touch the animals. However you can get very close and, if you sit still inside the enclosure, the Meerkats are likely to approach you and climb onto your lap! It is quite possible that the Meerkats will feed from your hand.
DO MEERKATS BITE AND ARE THERE ANY DANGERS
Meerkats may bite if they are frightened or feel threatened. Please be as quiet and still inside the enclosure as possible. The animals you encounter are all used to human contact and do not normally display behaviour that is threatening to visitors. However, it must be recognised that no animal is absolutely predictable and therefore there is always a small amount of risk of being bitten. Our Team will continuously monitor the animals and the Encounter sessions are conducted in such a way as to reduce the likelihood of unpredictable behaviour.
Guests will be offered disposable gloves and are requested to wash their hands after close contact with animals and animal feed. When inside the enclosure, care must be taken and instructions given by the Animal Care Team must be adhered to.
Please check with your GP or medical centre that you're up to date.
WHAT DOES IT COST
£50 per person (includes entry to the Park)
Accompanying family or close friends wishing to observe the Encounter from the sidelines can enter the Park at our discounted voucher rate.
WHEN, WHAT TIME AND HOW DO I BOOK
Choose your day from March 21 to 1st November 2015 (excluding Bank Holidays)
Time: Meerkat Encounters take place at 12:15pm or 2:15pm (2.15pm session meet your Keeper outside the Pets Corner area).
Advance booking is essential - please book early to avoid disappointment - click on the "Enquire About Availability" link at the bottom of this page. Once confirmed we'll email you a link to our booking form and online payment facility.
MEET AT RECEPTION
You'll receive a warm welcome and a health and safety summary before you start. Your Encounter will last approximately 30 minutes.
Any accompanying family or friends can enter the Park at our discounted voucher rate.
WHAT DO I WEAR
Long trousers and practical, covered shoes essential - no shorts or flip flops/sandals.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THE WEATHER IS BAD
The weather should not affect your Meerkat Encounter. In the event of severe weather the Encounter may be cancelled and rescheduled for another day.
WILL I BE ABLE TO TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS
Photos will be taken of you during your Animal Encounter by a member of the Animal Care Team. These will be downloaded onto a disk and given to you as a memento of your special experience. However, you are most welcome to bring your own camera along if you would like to.
CAN I GET A REFUND IF I NEED TO CANCEL
Once the date is booked for a Meerkat Encounter the payment is non-refundable unless more than 14 days notice of cancellation is given in which case a full refund will be given. Please give as much notice as possible by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
PARK CANCELLATION CLAUSE
Seaview Wildlife Encounter reserves the right to cancel the Meerkat Experience due to unforeseen circumstances. In the unlikely event of this occurring, and an acceptable alternative date cannot be agreed, a full refund will be given.
WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW
Please check read our Terms & Conditions and essential health & safety information in the link at the bottom of this page before you arrive for your Encounter.
Please note: Wildlife Encounters are undertaken at the sole risk of the participant.