Animal Encounters

The College’s Animal Management Centre houses a wide variety of species.

Merrist Wood College was awarded a zoo licence in June 2018, allowing it to share its collection of exotic animals, some of which are of conservation importance, with the wider community. 

The College’s Animal Management Centre includes arid and tropical biomes and a nocturnal room, which houses a wide variety of species. The Centre provides a state-of-the-art learning environment for students, which enables animals to be studied and cared for in a more natural environment. Animal Encounter activities include Junior Keeper Experiences, Public Tours, Education Tours, Children’s Parties and Animal Experiences. 

Contact Us 

Email: mwevents@guildford.ac.uk 
Telephone: 01483 88 41 64 
Mobile: 07854 274 866 


Licence Information 

Licence Number: AWRL019 
Licensable Activities: Keeping or Training Animals for Exhibition 
Licensed by Guildford Borough Council 

Make an enquiry 

If you wish to make an enquiry about booking one of the Animal Encounter activities, please do so through the website.

Merrist Wood College

  • Address
    Merrist Wood College, Holly Lane, Worplesdon, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 3PE United Kingdom 

Open to the public

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