Animal Encounters

Get up close and personal with some of your favorite animals at the Zoo! During these Animal Encounters, you’ll get to meet the animals and talk to their keepers for a unique experience.

Zoo Member discounts are available. Zoo Members must be logged in to the ticketing website for the discount to appear in their cart.

Masks are required for all Animal Encounter participants.

Please read all our “Reservation Policies” and “What to Expect” below. All participants must sign a Participant Liability Waiver when they get to the Zoo. You can read it in advance here: Participant Liability Waiver.

  • All participants must wear a mask for Animal Encounters. We take the health of our staff, animals, and visitors seriously. If you're feeling sick, please do not attend the Animal Encounter.
  • These experiences last about 20 to 30 minutes. The animals participate voluntarily, and the Zoo can’t guarantee any specific experience.
  • You can take photos during your Animal Encounter, but please continue to be aware of your surroundings when you do.
  • To ensure the safety of our animals and guests while behind the scenes, follow all instructions of keepers and Zoo staff. Participants who are not following instructions will be asked to leave the program and will not receive a refund.
  • Clothes may get dirty during the encounter.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided for guests before and after the Animal Encounter.
  • Each person who participates must have a ticket.
  • Participants must check in at the Attractions and Stroller Booth no later than 30 minutes before the scheduled Animal Encounter.
  • All participants or guardians of participants must sign a Participant Liability Waiver before they can participate in the encounter.
  • Refunds or reschedules will not be issued for no-shows. We will allow full refunds or reschedules made at least 48 hours before the scheduled Animal Encounter.
  • The Animal Encounter will take place rain or shine.
  • The Zoo will contact you if we have to change or reschedule your Animal Encounter.
  • Children under 14 must be accompanied by a ticketed adult over the age of 18. Some Animal Encounters have other age requirements listed.
  • Only ticketed participants will be allowed in the Animal Encounter area.

At this encounter, you'll have the opportunity to hand feed our American bison and talk to one of our zoo keepers about our nation's largest land mammal. 

Only ticketed people will be allowed within in Animal Encounter area. Each encounter lasts approximately 20 minutes and is limited to 6 participants.

Encounter Days: Every Saturday and Sunday
Encounter Times: Starts at 1 p.m.

Cost: $20 per person
Member Discount: 10%
Note: Zoo Members must be logged into their account on the ticketing page to get the discount.

Age Restrictions: Children under 14 must be accompanied by a ticketed adult over 18. Each person who participates must have a ticket.

Buy Tickets Here

At this Animal Encounter, you'll have the opportunity to get up close with Masamba, our southern white rhino, in a special meet and greet area at the front of his habitat. You'll also get to speak with animal care staff about Masamba and the important role he plays as an ambassador for his wild counterparts, plus learn how we take care of him all year long. You might even have the chance to touch Masamba and feel his tough rhino skin!

Only ticketed people will be allowed within the Animal Encounter area. Each encounter lasts approximately 20 minutes and is limited to 6 participants. Please contact the Zoo in advance at info@potawatomizoo.org if you have questions about accessibility.

Encounter Days: Every Saturday and Sunday
Encounter Times: Starts at 11 a.m.

Cost: $50 per person
Member Discount: 10%
Note: Zoo Members must be logged into their account on the ticketing page to get the discount.

Age Restrictions: This Animal Encounter is for people ages 6 and up. Children under 14 must be accompanied by a ticketed adult over 18. Each person who participates must have a ticket.

Buy Tickets Here

Animal Encounters

Get up close and personal with some of your favorite animals at the Zoo! During these Animal Encounters, you’ll get to meet the animals and talk to their keepers for a unique experience.

Zoo Member discounts are available. Zoo Members must be logged in to the ticketing website for the discount to appear in their cart.

Masks are required for all Animal Encounter participants.

Please read all our “Reservation Policies” and “What to Expect” below. All participants must sign a Participant Liability Waiver when they get to the Zoo. You can read it in advance here: Participant Liability Waiver.

  • All participants must wear a mask for Animal Encounters. We take the health of our staff, animals, and visitors seriously. If you're feeling sick, please do not attend the Animal Encounter.
  • These experiences last about 20 to 30 minutes. The animals participate voluntarily, and the Zoo can’t guarantee any specific experience.
  • You can take photos during your Animal Encounter, but please continue to be aware of your surroundings when you do.
  • To ensure the safety of our animals and guests while behind the scenes, follow all instructions of keepers and Zoo staff. Participants who are not following instructions will be asked to leave the program and will not receive a refund.
  • Clothes may get dirty during the encounter.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided for guests before and after the Animal Encounter.
  • Each person who participates must have a ticket.
  • Participants must check in at the Attractions and Stroller Booth no later than 30 minutes before the scheduled Animal Encounter.
  • All participants or guardians of participants must sign a Participant Liability Waiver before they can participate in the encounter.
  • Refunds or reschedules will not be issued for no-shows. We will allow full refunds or reschedules made at least 48 hours before the scheduled Animal Encounter.
  • The Animal Encounter will take place rain or shine.
  • The Zoo will contact you if we have to change or reschedule your Animal Encounter.
  • Children under 14 must be accompanied by a ticketed adult over the age of 18. Some Animal Encounters have other age requirements listed.
  • Only ticketed participants will be allowed in the Animal Encounter area.

At this encounter, you'll have the opportunity to hand feed our American bison and talk to one of our zoo keepers about our nation's largest land mammal. 

Only ticketed people will be allowed within in Animal Encounter area. Each encounter lasts approximately 20 minutes and is limited to 6 participants.

Encounter Days: Every Saturday and Sunday
Encounter Times: Starts at 1 p.m.

Cost: $20 per person
Member Discount: 10%
Note: Zoo Members must be logged into their account on the ticketing page to get the discount.

Age Restrictions: Children under 14 must be accompanied by a ticketed adult over 18. Each person who participates must have a ticket.

Buy Tickets Here

At this Animal Encounter, you'll have the opportunity to get up close with Masamba, our southern white rhino, in a special meet and greet area at the front of his habitat. You'll also get to speak with animal care staff about Masamba and the important role he plays as an ambassador for his wild counterparts, plus learn how we take care of him all year long. You might even have the chance to touch Masamba and feel his tough rhino skin!

Only ticketed people will be allowed within the Animal Encounter area. Each encounter lasts approximately 20 minutes and is limited to 6 participants. Please contact the Zoo in advance at info@potawatomizoo.org if you have questions about accessibility.

Encounter Days: Every Saturday and Sunday
Encounter Times: Starts at 11 a.m.

Cost: $50 per person
Member Discount: 10%
Note: Zoo Members must be logged into their account on the ticketing page to get the discount.

Age Restrictions: This Animal Encounter is for people ages 6 and up. Children under 14 must be accompanied by a ticketed adult over 18. Each person who participates must have a ticket.

Buy Tickets Here