Enter our AMAZING Fruit Bat Forest with one of our expert bat keepers and see our bats in a totally different light!
This once-in-a-lifetime experience gives you the chance to HAND-FEED our Seba’s short-tailed fruit bats their favourite meal!
These brilliant bats are frugivores, meaning their diet consists mostly of fruit. You’ll be feeding them a ripe banana, which is a delicious treat for a fruit bat!
While you’re feeding the bats, our highly knowledgeable keeper will tell you all about this incredible species and the work we do to protect bats in the wild. If you enjoy visiting our Fruit Bat Forest, this interactive experience will take things to the next level – bringing you closer to our bats than ever before.
There’ll be lots of opportunities to ask the keeper all your questions and you’ll also leave with an exclusive gift, a personalised certificate and memories to last a lifetime!
Our bats are nocturnal, which is why our Fruit Bat Forest habitat is plunged into darkness. But don’t worry – you’ll be given your own handheld red light to illuminate all the action. This is practically invisible to the bats, but will give you a perfect view of them as they fly around you and feed on the banana.
Maximum of 4 people. Suitable for ages 8+
If you have any questions about this experience please email our Experiences team or call us on 01244 380280.
Will last approximately 45 minutes in total, with approximately 20 minutes spent feeding the bats.
The chance to get up close to the residents of Fruit Bat Forest.
The opportunity to learn about these fascinating animals and ask our keepers any questions you may have.
Exclusive gift and experience certificate.
Terms and conditions
This experience is available for adults, and children over the age of 8 years old. Experience includes zoo admission for the participant only. Children between the ages of 8 to 15 years old must be accompanied by a spectating parent or guardian who is prepared to enter Fruit Bat Forest. Parents or guardians will need to purchase zoo admission separately, or have a valid membership (1 adult per 1 child).
Regrettably certain guests will be unable to take part including people with epilepsy; 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 Chester Zoo before purchasing.
Maximum of 4 people per experience.
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