Unleash your passion for wildlife!

Give your teenager the ultimate zookeeper for a day experience with our Big Kids 2 Keeper program!
Designed for teenagers aged 13 – 18, this 8-hour hands-on wildlife experience is perfect for teenagers wanting to learn what it takes to be a zookeeper.
Kids will go behind the scenes at the Australian Reptile Park with an experienced keeper and get hands-on interaction with snakes, lizards, tortoises and alligators, enter our venom rooms and learn about our life-saving venom program and feed koalas, kangaroos, lorikeets and other iconic Australian animals.

Limited spots available during school holidays and selected weekdays and weekends.

What’s included in the program?

  • Learn about the role and responsibilities of a zookeeper and experience a behind the scenes tour of the Park
  • Develop animal handling skills and have the chance to handle snakes, lizards, frogs, alligators, birds and mammals
  • Gain experience with animal feeding, enclosure servicing, animal enrichment, hygiene routines, enclosure design and the renovation/construction of current exhibit projects
  • Show off newly developed skills by presenting an animal at the Keeper Kids Show at 3.30pm!

What does it cost?

The Big Kids 2 Keeper experience is $144.99 per participant and includes:

  • Entry to the Australian Reptile Park
  • Behind the scenes, hands-on animal interaction from 9am – 4pm
  • Morning tea and lunch
  • Certificate of Completion

Optional extras:
Professional photo opportunities will occur throughout the tour that will able to be purchased at the end of the tour. Costs are $39.99 for the first printed photograph and $10 for additional photos thereafter.

Things to note

  • Big Kids 2 Keeper runs from 9am – 4pm
  • Suitable clothing and enclosed footwear must be worn on the day
  • Our Big Kids 2 Keeper programs only run throughout the school holidays
  • Each Big Kids 2 Keeper day has very limited numbers and is capped at 16 teenagers per group, one group per day.
  • A minimum of 6 participants must be booked for Big Kids 2 Keeper to go ahead. If there are less than 6 participants booked, Big Kids 2 Keeper may be postponed to a later date.
  • Please inform Reception of any dietary requirements prior to the tour
  • Friends and family of participants are welcome to attend the Keeper Kids Show presentation at 3.30pm. Up to four people per participant can be admitted to the Park free of charge, after 3pm.

Kids 2 Keeper Gift Packs

Booking Kids 2 Keeper as a gift? Your keeper in training can take home a Kids 2 Keeper branded cap, plush toy (choice of koala, kangaroo, crocodile or tortoise) and an Australian Reptile Park magnet to remember the experience!