What is a civet experience?

You will meet one of our keepers who will walk you through our tropical house until you get to our indoor common palm civet enclosure, where they will tell you a little more about what is going to happen and go through some health and safety about the experience.

You will then enter the enclosure with our keeper to meet one of our two civets up close and personal.

Once you go in to the enclosure, the keeper will sit you down and hand you a bowl of food for this inquisitive animal.  Once he settles in you will be able to gently stroke him on his body.

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The time in the enclosure with the civet will be around 15 minutes – after this he usually gets bored of new people, and as soon as he is finished, or he no longer wants to do the encounter it is time to say good bye to your new furry friend – our animals never have to do anything they don’t wish to and we can never guarantee a set amount or level of contact.

Are there any civet experience restrictions?

Common palm civets are a very active species who love to climb.  As such the enclosure needs to be designed in a way which facilitates this, and as a result the enclosure does have a slightly uneven substrate making it unsuitable for wheelchair access and various branches and climbing equipment which mean that getting around the enclosure requires you to be steady on your feet.

The minimum age for this experience is 12 years.


What’s included in the civet experience price?

As of now the Sandwich Wildlife Park is still a work in progress and is not a site where you can spend the day and walk around on your own.  As such, when you are paying for a civet experience, that is all which is included in the price.  You will be met by one of our keepers who will walk you to and from our reception, giving you a short insight in to the on-going work which we are doing in the park.  En-route you will however inevitably still see some of our other species.  Including the experience, walk to and from reception and health & safety briefing, please expect to be at the park for 30 minutes.

The price is for one person to do the experience and for one other person to come along (not doing the experience) as a spectator to ensure that they can get some nice photos of you meeting the civet.  If you wish to have any further spectators these can be purchased at a cost of £5 extra per person.  However please note that once again they will not be able to explore the rest of the park.

How much does the civet experience cost?

The civet experience costs £60 per person including 1 free spectator and can only cater for one person to do the experience at a time.

Extra spectator tickets cost £5 per person

Terms and conditions apply


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