Animal Encounters & Guided Tours

Animal Encounters & Guided Tours are a great way to experience the Cape May County Zoo. These special tours are also an amazing way to support our free zoo and all of the animals that call it home.

Private Guided Zoo Tour


Join us on a Private Guided Zoo Tour! This tour begins prior to our Zoo opening giving our participants exclusive access to the zoo before hours! During this 80-minute tour you will be guided through the zoo by one of our knowledgeable zoo educators while introducing you to the various species that call the Cape May County Zoo Home. This one-of-a-kind tour is limited to 8 people. 

Private Guided Tours are $200 for 1-4 people. Each additional person is $50 (maximum number of participants is 8).

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Animal Encounters

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Capybara Encounter

*We are excited to welcome our two new Capybara pups to our herd. At this time we will be opening reservations on a month-to-month basis, to allow us to monitor the pups behavior as they acclimate to these unique encounters. *

During this approximately 20-minute encounter you will have the opportunity to be up-close and personal with our Capybara Family and offer them "browse" to eat, while our educators teach you all about these amazing aquatic rodents! Reservation times and dates are available for viewing on the booking page.

  • Available various days during the month of August at 10:30 am.
  • This encounter is $400 for 1-4 people. Additional guests are $75 per person. (6 people max). All encounters are private.

Reservations for September will be opened the week of August 24th.


 

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Giraffe Encounter 

Giraffe encounters occur daily at 11:30 am, 1:30 pm and 2:00 pm (March-November). During this approximately 20-minute encounter you will have the opportunity to stand on ground level with the giraffes and offer them 'browse' to eat, while our educators teach you all about the resident 'tower' of giraffes that call the Cape May County Zoo home!

Pricing and Reservations

  • This encounter is $140 for 1-4 people. Additional guests are $35 per person. (8 people max). All encounters are private.
  • For safety reasons, children must be at least 5 years old. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • All children ages 5-17 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
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Camel Encounter 
Camel encounters are offered daily at 2:00 PM. During this approximately 30-minute encounter you will go behind the scenes with our Zoo Educators 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 offer them "browse".

Pricing and Reservations
  • This encounter is $140 for 1-4 people. Additional guests are $35 per person. (6 people max). All encounters are private
  • For safety reasons, children must be at least 5 years old. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • All children ages 5-17 must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Gift certificates available!
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Reptile Encounter: Aldabra and Galapagos Tortoise 
Reptile Encounters are offered Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 2:30 pm. During this approximately 20-minute encounter you will have the opportunity to meet some of the oldest residents in the Zoo while feeding them some lettuce snacks. An Educator will teach you all about these ancient animals and their adaptations. 

Pricing and Reservations
  • This encounter is $140 for 1-4 people. All encounters are private.
  • For safety reasons, children must be at least 5 years old. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • All children ages 5-17 must be accompanied by a paying adult.


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School & Large 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  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 (60-Minute Tour)

  • 1 Tour Guide: $150, max. 25 people total
  • 2 Tour Guides: $300, max. 50 people total
  • 3 Tour Guides: $450, max. 75 people total
If you have more than 75 people please call the education department at 609-465-6832. Prices may vary.

1st through 5th Grades (90-Minute Tour)

  • 1 Tour Guide: $200, max. 25 people total
  • 2 Tour Guides: $400, max. 50 people total
  • 3 Tour Guides: $600, max. 75 people total
If you have more than 75 people please call the education department at 609-465-6832. Prices may vary

6th through 12th Grades & Adult (90-Minute Tour)


  • 1 Tour Guide: $250, max. 25 people total
  • 2 Tour Guides: $500, max. 50 people total
  • 3 Tour Guides: $750, max. 75 people total
If you have more than 75 people please call the education department at 609-465-6832.Prices may vary