Wild Encounters are behind-the-scenes tours at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. Each encounter is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience designed to foster positive, lifelong connections to the natural world. Please note that reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance. Price is per group, up to six people.
Some tours are only available at certain times of the year because of animal behavior factors, including but not limited to mating, molting, or weather conditions. Although the following tours are not offered right now, they will be available in the coming months, so check back regularly.
Below is a listing of all tours, both current and off-season along with the guidelines for each tour. You can also find important guidelines, such as general information and scheduling information below.
For more information or to book a tour, please call 412-365-2545 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Education Ambassadors Wild Encounter is a one-of-a-kind experience that includes unforgettable up-close encounters with the Zoo’s most popular animal ambassadors. During this 30-minute private encounter, your group will meet with a variety of animals representing more than 30 species that are featured as part of the Zoo’s educational programs. A member of our knowledgeable education staff will guide your experience and provide opportunities to touch animals and pose for photos.
Discover the birds of the Antarctic without leaving Pittsburgh. Be sure to bring your camera for once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunities when you meet with our penguins and their keepers at the PPG Aquarium. The tour is approximately 30 minutes in duration. Tour participants will meet the keeper who will be their guide at the entrance of the PPG Aquarium.
This tour can accommodate a maximum of six people per group. The Penguin Encounter is open to guests ages 6 and older only. A ratio of one adult for every two children is required. Only one group is permitted to reserve each booking time. Please be sure to include your entire group at the time of booking.
Penguin Encounter tours are available Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. with an advanced reservation. The cost is $350 for non-members and $250 for members. The price is per group (up to six people).
Take a walk on the wild side and join our flock of flamingoes. During this 30-minute private encounter your group will get up close and personal and mingle with these feathered friends. Learn why flamingoes are pink and just what all those vocalizations mean. Bring your camera for a beautiful photo souvenir.
The Flamingo Encounter is open to guests ages 6 yrs. and older. Maximum group size is 6 people and must include one adult. Only one group is permitted to reserve each booking time. Please be sure to include your entire group at the time of booking.
The Flamingo Encounter is available Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. with an advanced reservation. The cost is $350 for non-members and $250 for Members. The price is per group (up to six people).