Wild Encounters

Wild Encounters

Naples Zoo is excited to launch brand-new behind-the-scenes education programs called Wild Encounters. Wild Encounters bring guests closer to wildlife and nature, by having a one-of-a-kind experience with select animals. Book your tour today! Please read through the Participant Information Packet before your tour. 
Age Restrictions:
Wild Encounters often have age requirements to maintain your safety and the safety of our animals. The following age minimums are required:
Penguins: Must be 12 years old
Panther: Must be 5 years old
Anteater: Must be 5 years old
Honey Badger: No age minimum
*Guests ages 15 and under must be accompanied by a guest over the age of 18. *Guests ages 16 and up may participate unaccompanied.

African Penguin (only through April 15, 2018)

Encounters offered 7 days a week - 1:00 - 2:00 pm

On this tour, you’ll engage with our incredible winter visitors, the African penguins! Available only through April, meet one of the animal care team members for our penguins, how they care for them, and about their winter home. Then, you'll have the opportunity to feed some fish to one of the penguins! See their adorable faces up-close and make a connection that will last a lifetime. 
Minimum age: 12 years old  Capacity: 4 people
Members: $95/person  Non-members: $105/person + admission

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Florida Panther

Encounters offered every tuesday - 9:00 - 10:00 am

On this tour, you’ll meet an animal care team member who cares for one of the Zoo’s most famous and beloved residents, Uno. Then, you will tour the state-of-the-art enclosure that, in addition to being Uno’s home, is also a rehabilitation facility for orphaned or injured Florida panthers. You’ll then get to see Uno up-close as he participates in a training session with a member of his animal care team. Finally, learn how Naples Zoo supports Florida panther conservation in the wild and how you can help too. Minimum age: 5 years old  Capacity: 6 people

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Giant Anteater

Encounters offered every tuesday - 10:30 - 11:30 am

What animal can eat 30,000 ants in a day? Come meet Dee Gee, our Giant Anteater! During this behind-the-scenes encounter, our team will share with you all about DeeGee and his life at the zoo. Then you can get up-close and personal, feeding him a special part of his diet (you’ll be surprised to learn it’s not ants). You’ll learn how Naples Zoo helps giant anteaters in the wild and how you can help! (50% OFF through Feb. 18th. Type in code BDAY2018 at checkout!)
Minimum age: 5 years old  Capacity: 6 people

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Honey Badger

Encounters offered every Friday - 10:00 - 11:00 AM

On this tour, you’ll meet a team member who cares for three of only a few honey badgers in the United States. Then, you will help make enrichment (items that exercise their minds and bodies) for our badgers and watch them interact with, and probably destroy, your creations! Bring your camera, as unique photo opportunities will be available. Finally, learn how Naples Zoo supports conservation projects around the world and how you can help too!
No minimum age requirement. Capacity: 6 people

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Cost

Members: $85 per person
Non-members: $95 per person + admission
(Penguin encounters are $95 for members, $105 for non-members)
 

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Questions? Email education@napleszoo.org.