Animal Encounters

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Take a walk on the wild side and enjoy an adventure to remember and cherish. Our Animal Encounters are private, behind-the-scenes experiences allowing guests to get up close and personal with amazing animals with big personalities. Our expert animal keepers will share fascinating information about the animals and what it takes to care for them.


Penguin Encounter

Meet our feathered friends up close!

Birds that can’t fly?! Penguins from Africa?! Discover all the amazing adaptations these creatures possess. Understand life from the perspective of a penguin and enjoy a close encounter with some of our delightful penguin ambassadors!

Bear Encounter

Bear Encounter

Meet our amazing black bears up close!

Learn all about our resident black bears through an exciting encounter taking you behind the scenes. You’ll have the opportunity to watch a training session in action, learn about bear care, and see how we feed these magnificent omnivores.

Policies for All Encounters

Health and Safety Notice

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the zoo has adopted special procedures to protect the health and safety of all our guests, staff and animals. All participants in our behind-the-scenes encounters must wear a face mask. Encounters are available to groups of family and friends only. We cannot mix guests who do not know one another.

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