Wild Encounters are sponsored by GEICO Military

Select Wild Encounters are back with new safety protocols and modified operations!

Each in-person Wild Encounter is 30 minutes long and can accommodate one group of up to five guests within the same family, with the exception of the Elephant and Giraffe Wild Encounters that can each accommodate two groups.

  • All guests must wear face masks at all times
  • Guests must wear gloves for the Red Panda Wild Encounter (gloves provided by the Zoo)
  • Guests must be 8 years of age or older to participate
  • Guests under 16 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Tickets must be purchased in advance online

Tickets include Zoo admission. Closed-toed shoes are encouraged. At this time, we are unable to accommodate service animals during Wild Encounters. If you or a group member have a special need or mobility need, please contact us in advance. All sales are final, refunds unavailable.

Questions? Contact wildencounters@pittsburghzoo.org

NEW! We’ve added Virtual Wild Encounters for a limited time! Virtual Wild Encounters do not include Zoo admission. Virtual Wild Encounters include 15 interactive minutes with your selected animal and an animal care staff member via FaceTime (or Zoom, by request.) Just purchase a Virtual Wild Encounter below and email your contact information to wildencounters@pittsburghzoo.org

Mondays – Fridays
11 A.M.
$250 per group

Saturdays & Sundays
11:30 A.M.
$250 per group

Red Panda
Tuesdays & Thursdays
10 A.M.
$250 per group

Ambassador Animals
Tuesdays – Sundays
2 P.M.
$250 per group

Clouded Leopard Cubs
Sundays & Mondays
12 P.M.

Wednesdays & Fridays
11 A.M.


Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays
1 P.M.

Note to teachers: Looking for an educational animal encounter for the students in your class or group?
Please register for our educational online Zoom programming created just for students.