Rhino experience

Important announcement: One of our black rhino is pregnant! Which is amazing news but does mean we'll have to put our rhino experiences on hold from November. You can still purchase them at the moment but you'll need to get booked in before the end of October. We'll be removing them from sale sometime in October. We're sorry but we can't tell you yet when they'll start up again. Thank you for your understanding.

Our rhino encounter gives you the chance to feed our crash of black rhino.

Go behind the scenes at our black rhino house and see the keeper’s yard and private rhino bedrooms.

Price – ÂŁ60 per person or ÂŁ100 for two people booked in on the same date
Time – 3.00pm daily
Meeting point – Kifaru Reserve ramp
Minimum age – 10 years

Once you’ve purchased your voucher, please call us on 01834 812731 to book a date for your rhino experience

You can read our full animal experiences terms and conditions here

Rhino feeding experience – get up close to our rhinos!

Your rhino experience

You’ll be welcomed by one of our rhino keepers and given a short talk about our rhinos and conservation on the public viewing gallery. You’ll then be taken behind the scenes in the keeper’s yard to learn about the work of a rhino keeper and you’re bound to see some rhino poo! Inside our rhino’s private quarters you’ll learn about how we train our rhinos and prep some food for them. Then you’ll meet one of our rhinos and have the opportunity to hand feed them, if they want to!

This is also your chance to ask our expert rhino keepers all about the animals in their charge.

Your rhino feeding experience will last at least 20 minutes. It includes a cuddly toy rhino or a mug to take home so you can remember your special day.

Rhino feeding experience reviews

"It’s not every day you get to meet a rhino, but three in one go? I’m still on cloud nine days after and cannot wait to have another experience. Jack the keeper made my time even better, he answered any silly questions I might have had and gave a wonderful insight to his job and to the rhino themselves. It takes a lot to really impress me and feeding and stroking three rhino was just incredible."

Stacey West, Llandarcy, 5 out of 5, 09 June 2019

"My other half and I had an absolutely amazing time feeding the Rhinos. Rachel the keeper was so friendly and informative. Was a perfect addition to our first trip to South Wales. Such amazing animals so gentle and full of personality, was great fun to get to feed and pet them. Will most likely come back the new baby is born."

Tim McNulty, Nottingham, 5 out of 5, 21 June 2019

"I had the rhino experience as a Christmas present from my family and it was amazing from start to finish. Being close to these incredible animals,touching and feeding them was a real privilege. The keeper obviously loves her job and the animals and talked enthusiastically about them. I learned a lot. This is not a once in a lifetime experience as I am saving to do it again."

Susan Pinkney, Pembrokeshire, 5 out of 5, 31 May 2019

"My wife bought me the rhino visit as a Christmas present and it was amazing, the keeper knew so much and was super informative, the rhinos themselves were adorable, with distinct personalities that I loved meeting and touching. I was a bit sad there was a fence in the way until Dakima charged it, then I was very glad it was there!"

Mick Green, Newport, 5 out of 5, 30 April 2019

"The experience was awesome. I really enjoyed myself. I would consider doing it again and recommend anyone else to take part. Great opportunity to get up close and touch a rhino."

Nicole Vince, Machynlleth, 5 out of 5, 21 April 2019

"Would 100% recommend to anyone looking to do the experience, will definitely remember this day! Jack was amazing answered all our questions, was very down to earth and had a lot of knowledge and passion about the animals that he cared for. After meeting Jack and the rhinos today we would definitely come back to do another rhino experience, the rhinos were very happy and well cared for."

Chelsee Williams, Port Talbot, 5 out of 5, 11 April 2019

"Myself and my wife booked to do the lion and rhino experiences it was a great day made all the better by the staff who could not do enough for us."

Nick Birtles, Cardigan, 5 out of 5, 18 March 2019

"Wow. What an amazing experience. Absolutely thrilled to get up close to the rhinos today. What gentle giants they are! Fantastic to learn so much about them from keeper Rachael. I won this experience as a Mother’s Day gift (thank you Folly Farm) and what a fantastic way to spend the day! Will definitely be looking at booking another experience with the other animals."

Kathryn Saunders, Swansea, 5 out of 5, 31 March 2019

"It was superb. Keeper Jack was friendly, kind and informative. To get up close to not just one but two of these awesome animals is beyond words. Don’t think about it, do it."

Christine Hewitt, Solihull, 5 out of 5, 18 October 2018

"Had a fantastic time. I would recommend to all and have. The Rhino keeper was great, thoroughly professional, knowledgeable and obviously had a great care for the animals. Put another visit on my Christmas list already."

Byron Smith, Merthyr Tydfil, 5 out of 5, 04 October 2018

"Fantastic birthday present. The rhinos are my favourite animals at Folly Farm so feeding the two females was awesome. Jack the keeper was very knowledgeable and the tour of the rhino house was very interesting. Jack was very good in ensuring the animals and myself were comfortable.To be so close to these wonderful animals was a privilege I will remember for many years to come."

Ian White, Caerphilly, 5 out of 5, 14 September 2018

"Had the best experience the rhinos were both really interested in taking the food from us which gave us an amazing experience. Jack the keeper was informative and we had a brilliant time, rhino feeding now up there with giraffe feeding, I can’t pick a favourite 💕 🦏"

Cassie Farmer, Leicester, 5 out of 5, 31 August 2018

"I recently did a rhino experience at Folly Farm. Fantastic information and interesting too."

Gill Cook , 5 out of 5, 10 September 2018

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Anna Besley, Derbyshire, 5 out of 5, 29 August 2018

"What an excellent experience! Rachel and Pippa were fab hosts, so knowledgeable and keen to explain answers to every question. Maya thoroughly enjoyed her time with the rhinos. Would highly recommend to others."

Maya Le Page, Guernsey, 5 out of 5, 10 August 2018

"I have been obsessed with rhinos for years! Never did I dream of actually getting up close and personal with one - let alone 3! Jack the keeper was amazing and answered every question I had. He was patient and could see how much I loved spending time with these amazing animals. Thank you so much Folly Farm and my sister Nia for honestly the most incredible experience of my life!"

Lowri Kemp, Cardiff, 5 out of 5, 15 July 2018

"It was one of the best experiences I have ever had. The keeper, Jack was very friendly and explained the behaviour of the Rhinoceros, how they act and their diet and informed me of their endangered status. The rhinos themselves were brilliant with their own personalities and touching them and feeding them was something I will never forget."

Ryan Harrison, Burry Port, 5 out of 5, 30 June 2018

"My daughter, Teagan, took part in the rhino experience for her 13th birthday. She had a wonderful time learning about these critically endangered eastern black rhinos, and the keeper, Jack, was most informative and clearly passionate about the animals in his care. I would definitely recommend the rhino experience as an unusual gift to anyone!"

Sian Etheridge, Beddau, 5 out of 5, 17 June 2018

"What a pleasure to see your three rhinos respond and interact with their keeper Jack and, consequently, my son and myself. The long travel from BC was well rewarded by this experience - appreciation for these magnificent animals and their contribution to our world has been greatly enhanced."

Larry Jones, Canada, 5 out of 5, 09 May 2018

"Top notch. The animals were amazing. The fellow that did the experience, I think his name was Jack, was great. Very patient, and knowledgeable and you could tell he cared a lot about what he was doing. The other staff we interacted with on the way to get there were all super friendly and helpful as well."

Perry Jones, Canada, 5 out of 5, 09 May 2018

"An excellent day out at Folly Farm, amazing to get to feed and stroke Dakima and Manyara. It was a privilege to be able to get so close to such incredible creatures. Well done Folly Farm for contributing to such important conservation work."

Alison Evans, 5 out of 5, 06 May 2018

"Excellent Rhino experience! The keeper was so helpful shared so much insight into how the Rhino lives, all the questions the girls had about Rhinos he was excellent. A truly memorable experience."

Sarah Hitchin, 5 out of 5, 10 April 2018

"A wonderful experience. My husband and step daughter took part in this for his birthday and both absolutely loved it! The animals are well kept and happy, their welfare is clearly everybody’s number one priority. The keeper, Rachel who looked after them was both friendly and knowledgable."

Stephanie Curtis, 5 out of 5, 24 March 2018

"I got bought the experience for my birthday and it was amazing getting up close to such gentle giants who love a carrot! The zoo keeper's passion for his job and love of the animals came through in the discussion we had. Definitely an experience I will never forget :)"

Jess Thomas, Bracknell, 5 out of 5, 20 February 2018

"Absolutely amazing - was so brilliant to touch, feed and stroke the rhinos and it shows you how they're just like any other animal but just very large, special and endangered! I loved feeding them and they licking my hand and sat down for scratches."

Sophie Butcher, 5 out of 5, 19 February 2018

"Breathtaking!!! Such beautiful animals and wonderful to see so close and feed. The keeper was so informative and patient whilst I asked sooooo many questions. Fabulous experience."

Suzanne Taylor, Greater Manchester, 5 out of 5, 01 August 2017

"My son had an absolutely amazing experience hand feeding the Rhinos at Folly Farm. We traveled from Essex just so he could do this. The keepers were so friendly and full of advice about these wonderful animals, it really is an experience Aaron will not forget."

Robyn Berry, 5 out of 5, 18 July 2017