Book Private Encounters

Want to get up close and personal with some of your favorite Zoo residents? Sign up for an animal encounter for an experience of a lifetime!

Our animal encounters are focused on the importance of conservation while encouraging compassion for Mother Earth. Through these hands-on encounters, we strive to make real-world connections with the use of our animal ambassadors.

Animal encounters include

  • A private encounter with a zoo keeper and animal ambassador of your choosing


  • $50 for the first person, $25 for each additional person (admission to the Zoo is not included).
  • Our epic GIANT SNAKE encounter starts at $100 for the first person and $25 for additional individuals.
  • Participants must be 13 or older. Anyone under 13 must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can we take photos during the encounter?
Absolutely! We encourage all parties to bring a cellphone or camera!

Do we get to hold the animals?
That all depends on which animal ambassador is selected! Though all encounters are hands-on opportunities, some animals are comfortable being held while others are not.

How early should we arrive?
We ask that you show up 15 minutes early, that way you have plenty of time to park and purchase your admission tickets.

Can my service dog come?
Service dogs may come into the Zoo, but they are not permitted to join the animal encounter for the safety of the animal ambassadors.


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