A Wild Encounter includes a 30 minute experience with the animal of the recipient’s choice as well as Zoo admission for up to 5 guests at least 8 years of age or older.


How Does It Work?

1) Purchase a Wild Encounter Gift Certificate.
2) Wait for a printed certificate to be mailed to you! The back of the certificate will include directions on how your recipient can redeem the certificate.


What is a Wild Encounter?
A Wild Encounter is a behind-the-scenes experience at select animal exhibits. Learn more here!

How does my receipent select his/her desired Wild Encounter?
Recipients will choose from the available Wild Encounters listed here at the time they decide to visit.

What if I would like to schedule a Wild Encounter with an animal that is not listed?
The Wild Encounter schedule changes seasonally. We are unable to honor a request for an encounter that is not currently listed on our website.

Purchasing a gift certificate does not guarantee an encounter in the area of yours or your recipient’s choice.

Wild Encounters are sold on a first come first served basis. A certificate does not guarantee a reservation until it has been redeemed.

What do I need to know/the recipients need to know in advance?
All guests must wear face masks at all times, plus:

  • Guests must be 8 years of age or older to participate
  • Guests under 16 must be accompanied by an adult

At this time, we are unable to accommodate service animals during Wild Encounters.