Animal Encounters & Guided Tours

Did you ever wish to be toe to toe with a Giraffe? Want to be kissed by a camel, or give a treat to a parrot?  Our Animal Encounters provide guests with a one of a kind experience. Come monkey around with our zookeepers and learn about our amazing animals during this up-close experience.

Below are the different animal encounters we offer:

*WINTER GIRAFFE ENCOUNTER*

Join us for this special winter only encounter with our giraffes! During this special encounter you will have the opportunity to go behind the scenes into their barn, feed them some treats, and paint a picture with them! 

  • Must be booked at least two days in advance.
  • Minimum of 2 people. Maximum of 5 people per encounter. 
  • Offered Sunday-Thursday at 1:00 pm. 
  • For their safety, children MUST be at least 5 years old.
Click Here For Booking Details


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Giraffe Encounter
 - Come join us behind the scenes to experience an up close view of one of the world’s most gentle giants. See them wrap their tongues around leafy greens while you learn about their natural behaviors and how we care for them daily.



Otter Encounter - 
Dive right into this amazing animal encounter with our North American River Otters! On this encounter you will get to see the otters up close in their behind the scenes habitat. Watch as they paint you your own personal work of art and enjoy a private training session between the otters and their keeper.

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Reptile Encounter
 - On this encounter you will get an up close view of one of the world’s longest living animals, the Aldabra Tortoise. After meeting with our resident tortoises. You’ll be able to visit with our American Alligator, Ike. Experiences our reptiles as your learn about their natural behaviors and how we care for them daily.



Primate Encounter
 - Come meet our amazing primates up-close and personal. On this encounter guests will be able to watch a training session between them and their keeper. In addition you will learn interesting information about our primates and be able to ask their keeper questions. On this tour you will also be able to see their new indoor habitat.

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Camel Encounter
 - Our camels are awaiting your arrival! Step behind the scenes with our expert camel keeper and learn about the amazing adaptions camels have to survive. You will have the opportunity to get up-close with both our Bactrian and Dromedary camels and watch as they munch on some tasty treats.



Aviary Encounter
– Step off the beaten path and into our World of Birds. On this tour you’ll have the opportunity to feed some crunchy bugs to the residents of the Aviary. Your group will also be able to meet our flock of flamingos, as well as some of the colorful parrots.


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Guided Zoo Tour

This 90-minute guided tour will be a great complement to your visit through our Zoo. During your tour you will be accompanied by our trained staff and you will have the opportunity to learn about our animals, their habitats, conservation efforts and ask as many questions as you want! This tour is great if this is your first time at our zoo or if you are a repeat visitor. Behind the scene options are not included with this tour. 

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  • Tours are offered daily at 10:30 am.
  • Guided Zoo Tour $20 per person
  • Free for children 2 years old and younger with a paid adult 
  • There is a minimum charge of $50.


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School Groups

Enhance your school field trip or group visit with an private guided zoo tour. If you are coming to visit the zoo with a group of 30 or more this is the best way to experience our zoo and all it has to offer. During your tour one of our experienced zoo educators will take you around and teach your group  about the animals in our care as well as their wild counterparts. With advanced notice we can fine tune your tour to coincide your classes learning goals.

  • Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten
    20 students maximum with 5 adults - $150
    Additional Adult or Child $5.00 each, but may be broken up into two groups
  • 1st through 5th Grades
    25 students maximum with 5 adults - $200
    Additional Adult or Child $5.00 each, but may be broken up into two groups
  • 6th through 12th Grades
    30 students maximum with 5 adults - $250
    Additional Adult or Child $5.00 each, but may be broken up into two groups