Animal Encounters

Animal experiences you don't want to miss
  • Insect House
    Location: Discovery Outpost

    10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    Sometimes, the littlest things have the biggest impact. Just down the path from the Children’s Zoo’s Petting Paddock, the Insect House is abuzz with wonder! Terrariums set into the walls showcase stick insects, leafcutter ants, roaches, beetles, scorpions, and spiders, giving you a rare opportunity to marvel at the planet’s spineless wonders.

  • Elephant Care Center
    Location: Elephant Odyssey

    At this open-sided management facility for the elephants, you can watch the keepers doing husbandry training and routine care for the individual elephants. When the elephants are elsewhere, people may be invited to go inside the facility themselves to get an "elephant-eye" perspective and hear talks from the elephant keepers.

  • Petting Paddock
    Location: Discovery Outpost

    9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    Pet the wooly coat of a sheep or comb a gentle pygmy goat’s hair.

  • Animal Encounters
    Location: Front Street

    Daily, 10 a.m. and noon
    Meet an animal ambassador up close on the Front Plaza Stage. You might even have a closer encounter than you expect!

  • Keeper Talks: Maned Wolves
    Location: Northern Frontier

    Daily, 11:30 a.m.
    Visit our maned wolves and learn all about them from their keepers. Located next to the 4-D Theater.

  • Keeper Talks: Koalas
    Location: Urban Jungle

    Daily, 11:45 a.m. We're home to the largest colony of koalas outside of Australia. Learn more from our keeper staff about these amazing marsupials.

  • Keeper Talks: Lions or Jaguars
    Location: Elephant Odyssey

    Daily, 2:30 p.m. Watch the lions or jaguars enjoy enrichment.

  • Giraffe Feeding
    Location: Urban Jungle

    Offer tasty biscuits to our giraffes! Three biscuits for $10, cash only. Available Saturdays and Sundays. Giraffe feeding tickets go on sale in the ticket booth next to the giraffe exhibit at 11 a.m. A limited number of tickets are available, and feeding opportunities are subject to availability.

  • Keeper Talks: Polar Bears
    Location: Northern Frontier

    Daily, noon  Learn about polar bears and their care.

  • Keeper Talks: Rhinos
    Location: Urban Jungle

    Daily, 3:30 p.m.  Come meet the rhino keeper, and learn about these endangered animals.

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