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, 10:30 a.m.
    Meet an animal ambassador up close on the Front Plaza Stage. You might even have a closer encounter than you expect!

  • Keeper Talks: Insects
    Location: Children's Zoo

    Daily, 11:30 a.m.

  • 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: Corral Talk
    Location: Elephant Odyssey

    Daily, 1:30 p.m.  

  • Keeper Talks: Children's Zoo Surprise
    Location: Children's Zoo

    Daily, 11:15 a.m.

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