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Big Cat Encounters

Experience the Zoo in a whole new way with our Big Cat Encounter! During your personal tour of the big cat exhibit, you’ll discover how our keepers take care of these amazing animals. We’ll then head behind the scenes into the big cat house to see a few of the cats up-close and watch a training session with the zookeepers. This one of a kind experience ends with a picture to always remember the closest you’ll ever want to get to a big cat!

Times & Dates

Available even while the Zoo is closed for the winter!

Duration: Approximately 30 minutes

Times offered: Any day of the week at 9:00 AM
Advance reservations required; see below for how to make your reservation

Maximum: 4 participants per group
Minimum: 2 participants per group

Cost: $50/person (includes Zoo Admission) $40/zoo members

General Information

Children ages 10 and up are permitted with paying adult.
Youth over the age of 15 are permitted to tour solo with the written permission of an adult or guardian.
You must wear closed toed shoes!
All participants must sign a liability waiver.
Following your experience, a high-res photo of one of the big cats and a certificate will be mailed to you. No personal cameras,videos or photos of any kind will be permitted.
Programs involving zoo animals are subject to change or cancellation based on animal needs. However, every effort will be made to offer alternate areas or reschedule tours.


Please complete an Animal Encounter Request Form and email it to

Reservations must be made a minimum ‚Äčof one week in advance.