Animal Encounters

Animal Encounters

Meet the Animals.

Sign-up for an Animal Encounter, and you can bring up to three of your favorite people with you to get closer to an animal of your choice. Guests will have experiences for the opportunity of a lifetime. Animal Encounters are a great gift idea! You'll have fantastic photo-ops and feeding or enrichment opportunities with your favorite species! The number of people permitted is dependent upon the animal chosen and is thus subject to the discretion of Zoo staff at the time of booking.) Please note: All encounters will be conducted in a protected contact situation. In most cases touching the animal will not be available.

Simply choose which animal you want to meet:

  • African lion
  • Amur tiger
  • Bears (Grizzly or spectacled)
  • Black rhinoceros
  • Black-footed ferret
  • Elephants
  • Giraffes
  • Hippo
  • Meerkats
  • Moose
  • Orangutan painting session (weather dependent)
  • Primates
  • Penguins
  • Snow leopard
  • Zebra
  • ...Or ask about a species you are interested in and we'll see if we can make it happen for you!

Days & Times

Daily between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Encounters are 30 minutes long with the species of your choice.


$250 per encounter for up to four people
(Plus an additional $0.25 for each participant that is applied directly to Quarters for Conservation)
Includes admission to the Zoo for the day.

A non-refundable 10% deposit will be collected at booking.
Some experiences may be limited to fewer participants.

Photography Add-on: $50 - get a cd or a usb drive with the photos taken by a professional photographer during your encounter.


*Age: Minimum of 8 years old for Snow Leopard's.
*Children 2 years old and under are FREE and may attend, but are not permitted to feed the animals.
*Children 4 years old and under must be carried or held by the hand of an adult in their group.

To Book an Animal Encounter

A minimum of one week is required for scheduling Animal Encounters.

E-mail or Call 719-424-7874