Wild Encounters

Wild Encounters

Experience an exclusive animal encounter!
Wild Encounters bring guests closer to wildlife by having a one-of-a-kind experience with select animals behind-the-scenes. Every Wild Encounter includes a personalized experience with a conservation educator, a meet and greet with a zoo keeper, and an up-close interaction with some of our amazing animals! Interactions depend on the species, but may include feeding, making enrichment, or observing training.

Due to COVID-19 health and safety measures, this program is currently unavailable. Please check back for future updates. Thank you!

Wild Encounter Rates

   Florida Panther  Red-Ruffed Lemur  Honey Badger 
Day Offered  Tuesdays  Wednesdays  Fridays
Member  $39 per person  $29 per person  $29 per person
Non-Member  $49 per person + Zoo admission   $39 per person + Zoo admission  $39 per person + Zoo admission 
Age Restrictions  Ages 7 and up  Ages 5 and up  All ages welcome 
Capacity  6 people  6 people  6 people

Wild Encounter Details

Florida Panther Wild Encounter

Encounters offered every tuesday at 9:00 am

Who said you can’t train cats? On our Florida Panther Wild Encounter, you’ll meet Athena, our rescued panther, and learn about her state-of-the-art exhibit and training. During her training, you’ll see what the first steps of training look like (and just how hard it is to keep a kid’s attention, no matter what species). The panther encounter meets just inside the zoo after admissions.


Red-Ruffed Lemur Wild Encounter

Encounters offered every wednesday at 11:00 am

They leap, they pollinate, they hang by their feet, and they sunbathe; it’s all in a day for a lemur! At the Red-Ruffed Lemur Wild Encounter, you’ll learn all about this unique primate while you feed them a snack!



Honey Badger Wild Encounter

Encounters offered every Friday at 10:00 am

You may think the honey badger don’t care, but that’s just an internet rumor! At the Honey Badger Wild Encounter, you can help take care of our trio of badgers by making fun, food-filled enrichment. You’ll even go into the exhibit to place the enrichment yourself! Then, the badgers will be let out to find their treats! Meet at the honey badger exhibit near Lake Victoria.


Registration Information

  • Program registration must occur at least 48 hours prior to your desired visit date.
  • Wild Encounters have age requirements to maintain your safety and the safety of our animals.
  • Children 15 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult in order to participate in Wild Encounter experiences.
  • Closed-toe shoes are required during encounters.

Payment for the program is due in full upon registration for the program.
Non-members are required to purchase zoo admission upon arrival for their scheduled program.

Change of Registration
Any changes to your reservation must be communicated to the Education Department at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled visit date.

A cancellation notice must be given to the Education Department 24 hours prior to the scheduled visit date in order to receive a full refund. If you do not attend the program on the date and time of your reservation it will be considered a “No Show” and a refund will not be issued.

Wild Encounters Resources


Wild Encounter Safety Information
Rules of the Wild

Questions? Email us at education@napleszoo.org or call 239-262-5409 ext. 158

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