Feed our okapi, an elusive herbivore, specially prepared browse in our brand new Okapi Experience!

Join our okapi experts for feeding time with the ‘forest giraffe’, and find out how they earned this interesting nickname.

You’ll get up close and watch our okapi use their prehensile tongue, just like a monkey uses its tail!
You’ll learn all about the okapi from your dedicated keeper, including our work in the field to conserve this endangered species. Don’t forget to ask any questions you have too.

At the end of your Experience, you’ll leave with an exclusive gift, a personalised certificate and memories to last a lifetime!

Maximum of 2 people. Suitable for ages 12+

Got a question? Contact our Experiences Team

Thanks for helping us to prevent extinction! We’re working to prevent extinction through our conservation, education and research work – here at the zoo, across the UK and in 19 countries around the world. The funds from all Chester Zoo Experiences help us to make this work, including with the Okapi Conservation Foundation Project in the Democratic Republic of Congo, possible.

Book your Okapi Experience today
We can't wait to welcome you to the zoo!

“The Okapi Experience was an amazing experience from start to finish. I’ll never forget it! Hearing about the zoo’s conservation work left a lasting impression on me.”

An Okapi Experience participant

Your experience…

Will last approximately 45 minutes with 20 minutes spent feeding the okapi.

The opportunity to learn about this incredible species and put all your questions to our okapi experts.

Exclusive gift and personalised experience certificate.

Free zoo admission for the entire day of your Experience is included!

Terms and conditions

Booking the Okapi Experience includes zoo admission for the participant only.

This Experience is available for adults, and children over the age of 12 years old. Children between the ages of 12 – 15 must be accompanied by a spectating adult.

Regrettably certain guests will be unable to take part including people with relevant phobias or known allergies; and immunocompromised individuals.

While 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 2 participants per Experience.