What is a tamandua experience?
You will meet one of our keepers who will walk you through our tropical house until you get to our indoor tamandua 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 accompany our keeper to meet our tamandua up close and personal as he comes out to meet you.
As he likes to have a wander and explore we will get you seated in front of his enclosure (which he shares with our sloth) and bring him out to see you. First he will sit on you while you let him feed on some insects out of a bowl. Once he has filled up a little he will want to burn off some calories so we will let him wander out at your feet, after which he will finish his insects, this time with you feeding him by hand.
The time with the tamandua 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 tamandua experience restrictions?
Tamanduas are a very active species who love to climb and dig around at ground level, however he comes out of the enclosure to see you which makes this experience suitable for wheelchair users.
This experience has no minimum age.
What’s included in the tamandua 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 tamandua 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 tamandua. 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 tamandua experience cost?
The tamandua experience costs £60 per person including 1 free spectator.
We can however cater for 4 people to do the experience at a time in which case the price drops to £50 per person, but this time without any free spectators. Please note that in order to enter the park unattended participants need to be a minimum age of 16 years. If the participants is under 16 they must use their one free spectator ticket for someone aged over 16, and if the experience is for 2 people aged under 16, the accompanying adult(s) must purchase a spectator ticket (as these are not included with the discounted multi-buy).
Extra spectator tickets cost £5 per person