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Giraffe Encounters

Learn more about our Masai giraffe family in this once-in-a-lifetime experience! From a shaded overlook, you’ll come face-to-face with the world’s tallest mammals and even have the opportunity to feed them a healthy snack. Though we do our best to engage them, it’s ultimately up to our giraffe as to whether they want to participate in the feeding experience. You're still guaranteed to get plenty of attention from the giraffe care team, who will guide your experience, so have your questions ready!

Giraffe Encounter Tickets and Full Details

• Schedule: Daily, 1:30 - 2:00 p.m. through September 4
• Location: Meet at end of path by Giraffe Savannah- VIEW ON MAP
• Cost: $200 per group (your private encounter can accommodate up to six people)
• Tickets must be purchased online; they are not available at the Admissions booth.

Purchase Giraffe Encounter Tickets

Please note:
• Tickets may be purchased up to 30 minutes before your encounter time (subject to availability). Giraffe encounter tickets do not include general admission to the Zoo. Admission tickets must be purchased separately here.
• Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your encounter.
• You may forfeit your encounter if you are more than 5 minutes late arriving at the designated meeting spot.
• Group size is limited to no more than six guests. All guests above the age of 3 must be accounted for in the group size.
• Children must be accompanied by an adult.
• At this time, we are not requiring guests to wear masks for this experience. Please note, we are following local, state and CDC guidelines, and therefore these policies are subject to change based upon their guidance.
• Encounters may be cancelled due to weather or the animals' needs.



Open regular Zoo hours.

With 10,000 square feet to let children’s imaginations run wild, we’re serious about playtime. With designs inspired by the wildlife that inhabit the Zoos, kids can frolic among giant fish, slip down a giraffe-like tube slide, and "hop on" a Panamanian golden frog spring rocker. Our playground incorporates fitness challenges, promotes positive social interaction, encourages negotiating skills, and uses play to teach about conservation and wildlife. Rubberized ground cover makes it safe and accessible for all children.



Hop the whimsical animals of our classic carousel, a joy for the young and the young at heart. 

July - August: Daily
September: Weekends only
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $3.00/ride

Last ticket sold one hour prior to Zoo closing.
Ride is weather permitting.