Animal Encounters

Animal Encounters include

(All encounters include admission into the zoo when it’s open for general admission )


Ages: 5+ | Days: Thursday-Sunday
Time: 2 p.m.-2:45 p.m. | Number of guests: 2-4
(Available year round)

Members: $150
NonMembers: $175

White Rhino

Ages: 5+ | Days: Sunday-Saturday
Time: 11 a.m. | Number of guests: 2-6
(May-September only)

Members: $100
NonMembers: $125

Aldabra Tortoises

Ages: 5+ | Days: Sunday-Saturday
Time: 11 a.m. | Number of guests: 2-4
(May-September only)

Members: $50
NonMembers: $75

Big Cats-Unavailable at this time

Ages: 10+ | Days: Sunday-Saturday
Time: 9 a.m.  Number of guests: 2-4

Members: $125
NonMembers: $150

Giraffes-Unavailable at this time

Ages: 5+ | Days: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
Time: 9 a.m. Number of guests: 2-4

Members: $50
NonMembers: $75

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General Information about animal encounters


  • All Participants must wear a face covering, mask/face shield covering the nose and mouth during the entire encounter.
  • Select Animal Encounters are available year round, even when the zoo is closed to general admission!
  • Animal Encounters are 30-45 minutes.
  • Children ages 14 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult. Youth over the age of 15 are permitted to tour solo with the written permission of an adult or guardian.
  • Guests must wear closed-toed shoes to protect their entire foot.
  • Liability wavier must be signed electronically at the time of booking an Animal Encounter.
  • Photos are permitted in areas of the tour that take place in public viewing areas.
  • Programs involving zoo animals are subject to change or be canceled based on animal needs. Every effort will be made to offer alternate areas or reschedule tours.

Animal Encounter Registration

Reservations must be made at least one week in advance.

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