Get up close and personal with our giant tortoises! Learn all about our trio and what makes these massive reptiles unique. You will have the opportunity to chat with our reptile care specialists while giving tortoises soothing back scratches.
Aldabra Encounters will be available every Thursday and Sunday at 2:00pm starting in April, through the last Sunday in September.
*Price covers group entry for up to 4 people. Prices are subject to change without notice.
Location: Meet at the Aldabra Tortoise Exhibit 15 minutes before your encounter begins.
Aldabra Tortoise Encounter
Know Before You Go
The Aldabra Tortoise Encounter is outdoors. If inclement weather is a possibility, please call the zoo before you arrive. We may still hold the encounter in certain weather conditions. If we cancel the encounter due to inclement weather, we will notify you and offer you the choice of rescheduling or receiving a full refund.
- Meet at the Aldabra Tortoise Exhibit 15 minutes before your encounter begins.
- Encounters are booked as a family group.
- Keep your ticket to show to the keepers for your encounter.
- Ages 6 and up. Participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult (21+).
- Closed toed shoes are required to fully enjoy the experience.
Frequently Asked Questions
- For your safety and comfort, please wear closed-toed shoes.
- You may bring a camera, but flash is not permitted.
- You may bring a cellphone, but please place it on silent mode before the encounter begins.
- No food or drink is allowed in the encounter.
Aldabra Tortoise encounters requires participants to stand during the duration of the encounter. Wheelchair accessibility is limited.
You may bring a stroller part of the way. However, for the Aldabra Tortoise encounter you will be required to leave the stroller in a public area when you go into the exhibit. Please keep valuable personal belongings with you, rather than leaving them on a stroller.
Yes! The cost of zoo admission is included in the cost of an encounter.
Guests are welcome to attend solo. However, the cost of the encounter remains the same regardless of how many people (up to 4) participate.
Participants must arrive at the designated location at least 15 minutes before the time the encounter is scheduled to begin. Due to the nature of encounters, late participants cannot be accommodated. Reservations for late participants or no-shows will be forfeited without a refund.
The care for our animals is a top priority. Sometimes surprises occur. Therefore, it could be necessary to postpone or cancel an Animal Encounter. The zoo may cancel an encounter at any time and for any reason without prior notice. If this occurs, we will refund the full amount of the encounter fees.
Reservations are only valid on the date booked. Once a reservation is made, encounter fees are non-refundable. If a request to change the date is made at least two weeks before the date booked, it may be possible for the zoo to reschedule the encounter, but rescheduling is solely at the zoo’s discretion.