Animal Meet 'n Greet

Bookings are CLOSED for Animal Meet 'n Greets!  This program is retiring spring 2022. 

Please check back in early summer for information about our new Wild Encounters program, launching June 1st!

Is there a Zoo animal you’d love to meet?  Reserving a private Animal Meet ‘n Greet may be right for you!  Our Animal Meet ‘n Greet program includes a private encounter with your choice of Animal Ambassador for you and a guest (ages 5+)*.  A Zoo Educator will provide the personal story of your new animal friend and facilitate a touching and/or feeding opportunity when appropriate.  Photography for personal use is permitted (no flash). Animal Meet ‘n Greet programs take place at the Zoo!  

*For safety and the comfort of the animals, some animals have additional age restrictions.  Please note that children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by at least one adult.

Animal Meet 'n Greet eligible animals include :

TIER 1 Animals:
Screech Owl
Prairie Dog (seasonal availability)
Red-footed Tortoise
Boa constrictor
Tree Frog
Blue-tongued Skink Lizard
TIER 2 Animals:
North American Porcupine
Galapagos Tortoise
New Guinea Singing Dog
Two-toed Sloth

Additional Animal Ambassadors may be available upon request.  We’re sorry, primates, otters, and eagles are not eligible for this program.

Animal Meet ‘n Greet reservations should be made at least two weeks in advance, subject to availability.  If your selected animal becomes unavailable for any reason you will be given the option of rescheduling or selecting an alternate animal.


Meet 'n Greet Fees:

Meet 'n Greet Type Base Fee Additional Participants Fee
Meet 'n Greet  (Tier 1) $50 $25 (Maximum of 4)
Meet 'n Greet (Tier 2) $65 $35 (Maximum of 4)
If a reservation occurs after Zoo hours there is an additional $35 fee.

To Schedule Contact the Education Department 

  • Phone: (765) 807-1540 
  • Email:

Interested in becoming a Zoo Member?  Click here for more information or to join today!