Fruit Bat Encounter

Our Fruit Bat Encounter offers you the chance to step inside our Fruit Bat Forest and get up close and personal with our free-flying bats, making your day at the zoo truly memorable!

From £59 per person

After an introductory briefing you will then have the very special opportunity to feed our bats in Fruit Bat Forest.

You will also get the chance to ask one of our Keepers any questions you may have.

By buying this gift, for yourself or for someone else, not only will it be an experience to remember but you will also be contributing to our conservation work both here and around the world helping, to save animals from extinction.

Check availability and book online

Your Experience...

...will last approximately 30 minutes and includes:

  • Free admission into the zoo for the participant 
  • Complimentary drink 
  • The chance to feed our Fruit Bats
  • The opportunity to learn about these inquisitive animals and ask our Keepers any questions you may have 
  • Small gift and experience certificate

The Encounter is available for adults and children over the age of 10 years old. Children between the ages of 10-15 years old must be accompanied into Chester Zoo by a spectating parent or guardian paying normal zoo admission (1 adult per 1 child). The spectating parent or guardian will not enter the animal habitat.

There will be a maximum of three people taking part at any one time.

Members and adopters receive a 10% discount (phone orders only - please call 01244 650281).

How to buy

Availability is limited so we recommend booking early. You can check availability by following the link below. Only one encounter booking can be made per web order.

£59 per person on weekdays

£69 per person on weekends and school holidays




Need more info? Check our frequently asked questions

Terms & Conditions

Buying as a gift?

Be sure to select our gift wrap option and your lucky recipient will receive a snazzy gift wallet with your gift voucher inside and everything they need to know about the encounter (additional charge). You can even personalise the message inside.

Further Information

Regrettably certain guests will be unable to take part including people with relevant phobias or known allergies, pregnant women 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; please contact us for advice before purchasing.

If you are considering this encounter for corporate use or to use as a prize, please contact us on 01244 650281,  to discuss all your options in more detail.

For more information or to place your order by phone, please call 01244 650281

If you have a query about our Fruit Bat Encounter, please take a look at our frequently asked questions.

Please see our full terms and conditions.