Animal Encounters & Guided Tours


Give the gift of an Animal Encounter or Guided tour this holiday season! Gift Certificates are a great way to give a once in a lifetime experience to those you love. Choose from our various encounters or better yet experience the whole zoo with one of our guided tours. 

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Did you ever wish to be toe to toe with a Giraffe? Want to be kissed by a camel, or give a treat to a parrot?  Our Animal Encounters provide guests with a one of a kind experience. Come monkey around with our zookeepers and learn about our amazing animals during this up-close experience.

Below are the different animal encounters we offer:

Giraffe Encounter - Come join us behind the scenes to experience an up close view of one of the world’s most gentle giants. See them wrap their tongues around leafy greens while you learn about their natural behaviors and how we care for them daily.

Otter Encounter - Dive right into this amazing animal encounter with our North American River Otters! On this encounter you will get to see the otters up close in their behind the scenes habitat. Watch as they paint you your own personal work of art and enjoy a private training session between the otters and their keeper.

Camel Encounter - Our camels are awaiting your arrival! Step behind the scenes with our knowledgeable education staff and learn about the amazing adaptions camels have to survive. You will have the opportunity to get up-close with both our Bactrian and Dromedary camels and watch as they munch on some tasty treats.

Reptile Encounter - Come meet our Cold-Blooded collection during a special reptile encounter. Watch as our American Alligator, "Ike" eats some tasty treats.


Aviary Encounter – Step off the beaten path and into our World of Birds. On this tour you’ll have the opportunity to feed some crunchy bugs to the residents of the Aviary. Your group will also be able to meet our flock of flamingos, as well as some of the colorful parrots.

Guided Zoo Tour

This 90-minute guided tour will be a great complement to your visit through our Zoo. During your tour you will be accompanied by our trained staff and you will have the opportunity to learn about our animals, their habitats, conservation efforts and ask as many questions as you want! This tour is great if this is your first time at our zoo or if you are a repeat visitor. Behind the scene options are not included with this tour. 


  • Tours are offered daily at 10:30 am.
  • Guided Zoo Tour $20 per person
  • Free for children 2 years old and younger with a paid adult 
  • There is a minimum charge of $50.

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School & Large Groups

Enhance your school field trip or group visit with an private guided zoo tour. If you are coming to visit the zoo with a group of 30 or more this is the best way to experience our zoo and all it has to offer. During your tour one of our experienced zoo educators will take you around and teach your group  about the animals in our care as well as their wild counterparts. With advanced notice we can fine tune your tour to coincide your classes learning goals.

  • Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten (60-Minute Tour)
    $150 per 20 students with 5 adult chaperones 
    Additional Adult or Child $5.00 each (if under 20 persons)
  • 1st through 5th Grades (90-Minute Tour)
    $200 per 30 students with 5 adult chaperones 
    Additional Adult or Child $5.00 each (If under 30 persons)
  • 6th through 12th Grades & Adult (90-Minute Tour)
    $250 per 30 people with 5 additional adults/chaperones
    Additional Adult or Child $5.00 each (If under 30 persons)
Larger groups will be broken up depending on tour guide availability.