Insect HouseLocation: 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 CenterLocation: 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 PaddockLocation: 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 EncountersLocation: 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: Maned WolvesLocation: 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: KoalasLocation: 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 JaguarsLocation: Elephant Odyssey
Daily, 2:30 p.m. Watch the lions or jaguars enjoy enrichment.
Keeper Talks: Polar BearsLocation: Northern Frontier
Daily, noon Learn about polar bears and their care.
Keeper Talks: RhinosLocation: Urban Jungle
Daily, 3:30 p.m. Come meet the rhino keeper, and learn about these endangered animals.