Panorama of a Safari Park field exhibit with giraffes, water buffalo, and rhinos

Animal Encounters


  • Keeper Talks: Insects
    Location: Insect House
    Times: Daily, 11:30 a.m.

    Learn more about the planet's spineless wonders!

  • Petting Paddock
    Location: Discovery Outpost
    Times: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    Pet the wooly coat of a sheep or comb a gentle pygmy goat’s hair. 

  • Horse, Burro, or Camel Talk
    Location: Elephant Odyssey
    Times: Daily, 1:30 p.m.  

    Learn more about camels, burros, and horses at Elephant Odyssey, near the condors.

  • Keeper Talks: Children's Zoo Surprise
    Location: Children's Zoo
    Times: Daily, 11:15 a.m.

    What fascinating animal will you see today?

  • Tasmanian Devil Enrichment
    Location: Outback
    Times: Daily, Noon

    Get a rare look at remarkable, endangered Tasmanian devils at the Zoo's Australian Outback.  

  • Animal Encounters
    Location: Front Street Stage
    Times: 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!

  • Insect House
    Location: Insect House
    Times: 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.

  • Keeper Talks: Lemurs
    Location: Africa Rocks
    Times: Daily; 12:45 p.m.

    Learn more about the lemurs of Africa Rocks.

  • Keeper Talks: Baboons
    Location: Africa Rocks
    Times: Daily; 12:30 p.m.

    Find out more about Africa Rocks' amazing group of hamadryas baboons. 

  • Keeper Talks: Rhinos
    Location: Urban Jungle
    Times: Daily; 3:30 p.m.

    Discover more about those remarkable rhinos.

  • Polar Talk
    Location: Northern Frontier
    Times: Daily; Noon

    Learn more about our trio of polar bears from their keepers at Conrad Prebys Polar Plunge.

  • Reindeer Talk
    Location: Northern Frontier
    Times: Daily; 12:30 p.m.

    Find out more about reindeer, from keepers at Northern Frontier.

  • Animal Encounters: Africa Rocks
    Location: Africa Rocks
    Times: Daily; 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

    Meet an animal ambassador up close at Africa Rocks, near Rocks Box.