Wild Encounters

Go wild with up-close, behind-the-scenes animal encounters at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium!

Wild Encounters are sponsored by GEICO Military

  • Guests must be 8 years of age or older.
  • Guests under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Guests must bring a face mask and should wear closed-toe shoes.
  • Guests will not touch animals during their encounter.
  • Extra health and safety measures, such as gloves and/or temperature checks, may be required during your Encounter, and will be provided by the Zoo.

  • At this time, we are unable to accommodate service animals during Wild Encounters.
  • Tickets must be purchased online at least 24 hours in advance.
  • If you or a group member have a special need or mobility need, please contact us in advance.
  • All sales are final.

Encounters at the Zoo

Wild Encounters at the Zoo are 30 minutes long and can accommodate a group of up to five guests. Tickets include Zoo admission.

For health and safety during Wild Encounters, all guests, regardless of vaccination status, must bring a face mask and may be asked to wear the mask before entering animal areas. Guests may additionally be asked to wear gloves and/or perform a temperature check, provided by the Zoo.

Aquarium Adventure
Thursdays Through Sundays | 2 p.m. | $250 per group

Shadow a Zoo keeper in the PPG Aquarium to see what it’s like to work with marine life from around the world. Aquarium Adventure animals will change daily, and may not be the same each time. You may meet a shark or explore with the stingrays – each encounter will be a different experience!


Ambassador Animals
Fridays through Sundays | 2 p.m. | $250 per group

Meet the Zoo’s most popular animal ambassadors up close. A variety of animals, representing more than 30 different species, are featured in the Zoo’s educational programs. A member of our knowledgeable education staff will guide your experience and provide opportunities to touch the animals and pose for photos. Animals may include owls, kinkajou, fennec foxes, or ball pythons. Specific animals will vary for each encounter.


Red Pandas – SOLD OUT
Tuesdays and Thursdays | 10 a.m. | $250 per group

Go nose-to-whisker with one of our most charming animals at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium – the red panda. Step into a staff-only area to see what goes into their daily care and learn important conservation information about this unique species.


Give the gift of a behind-the-scenes Wild Encounter experience at the Zoo!