Wild Encounters are back with new safety guidelines!

Each in-person Wild Encounter is 30 minutes long and can accommodate one group of up to five guests within the same family.

• All guests must wear face masks at all times
• Touching or feeding the animals is not permitted at this time
• Guests must be 8 years of age or older
• Guests under 16 must be accompanied by an adult
• Tickets must be purchased in advance online

Wild Encounters are sponsored by GEICO Military

Aquarium Adventure
Go behind-the-scenes at our PPG Aquarium
Every day
2 P.M.
$250 per group

Ambassador Animals
Meet some of our smaller, kid-friendly residents
2 P.M.
$250 per group

See where our sharks reside in the PPG Aquarium
2:30 P.M.
$250 per group

Clouded Leopard | Virtual
The purr-fect virtual behind-the-scenes
2 P.M.
$125 per group

Pygmy Hippo | Virtual
A virtual experience with our water lover
11:30 A.M.
$100 per group

Cheetah | Virtual
Seeing spots in a virtual setting
2:30 P.M.
$125 per group

*The Red Panda and Penguins Wild Encounters are currently unavailable*


Do not visit the Zoo if you are sick with COVID-19, were recently exposed (within 14 days) to someone with COVID-19, or just don’t feel well. Follow recommended steps to take if you are sick.
• Wild Encounter tickets include Zoo admission.
• Online purchases must be made at least one day in advance.

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.

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


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