Wild Encounters

Wild Encounters

*Encounters are postponed for the time being as the zoo reopens in phases.*

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. Read the Information Packet before your tour!  Book your tour today! *Encounters must be booked at least 2 days in advance.*

Age Restrictions:
Wild Encounters have age requirements to maintain your safety and the safety of our animals. The following age minimums are required:
Honey Badger and Giraffe: All ages welcome.
Anteater and Red-ruffed Lemur: Ages 5 and up.
Florida Panther: Ages 7 and up.                                                                                                                                                   

Children 15 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult in order to participate in Wild Encounter experiences. 


Florida Panther 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.
Age Limit: 7 and up
Capacity: 6 people 
Members: $39/person  
Non-members: $49/person + admission

 

 


Giant Anteater Encounter

Encounters offered every tuesday at 11:00 am

What does DeeGee the giant anteater eat at Naples Zoo? You’ll be surprised to learn it’s (mostly) not ants! Learn about this weird and wild animal, and then feed him a snack yourself at our Giant Anteater Wild Encounter! Meet for this encounter at the anteater exhibit across from Alligator Bay and the tortoise exhibits.
Age Limit: 5 and up  
Capacity: 6 people 
Members: $29/person  
Non-members: $39/person + admission


 


Red-Ruffed Lemur 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!
Age Limit: 5 and up
Capacity: 6 people 
Members: $29/person  
Non-members: $39/person + admission


 

 


Honey Badger 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.
No minimum age requirement.
Capacity:
6 people 
Members: $29/person  
Non-members: $39/person + admission


 


Giraffe Encounter

Encounters offered every saturday at 10:00 am

Did you know that many residents of Naples Zoo are artists, including our giraffes? At Giraffe Wild Encounters, you can take home a personalized masterpiece and get an up-close view of these magnificent creatures while learning how Naples Zoo is helping to protect them in the wild. Meet at the giraffe exhibit.
No minimum age requirement.
Capacity:
4 people 
Members: $69/person  
Non-members: $79/person + admission

 

 


Encounters are postponed for the time being, as the zoo re-opens in phases following the covid-19 closure.

*Encounters must be booked at least 2 days in advance.*

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