wild Encounters

Go behind-the-scenes and interact with some of the most fascinating animals in the world! Book your WILD Encounter now to learn about our animals, how we care for them, our efforts to conserve their species, and how you can help!

Online reservations are required. All WILD Encounters must be booked at least 48 hours in advance. All encounters are 30-minute programs and allow up to two participants only. All persons must be 7 years of age or older and all persons under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a paying adult.

WILD Encounters help conserve animals in the wild! The mission of the Chattanooga Zoo is to engage and inspire our community to better understand and preserve wildlife by creating meaningful connections between people and animals. There's no better way to gain a connection with our animals than to interact with them in their exhibit. You can also feel good about your experience knowing that 10% of each sale goes directly to our conservation partners. The Chattanooga Zoo participates in the Species Survival Plan (SSP) for each of our WILD Encounter animals. Additionally, we partner with organizations like Proyecto Titi & Red Panda Network that are locally and internationally educating the public about endangered species such as the Cotton-top Tamarin & the Red Panda. Your support directly impacts these animals' conservation efforts in the wild.

Each WILD Encounter Program Includes: 

  • Behind-the-scenes access 
  • Animal interactions 
  • Opportunities to learn from our zookeepers & educators 
  • A printed photo of the animal encountered 
  • Photos taken by zoo staff on provided camera from participant
  • Zoo Admission 
Chattanooga Zoo Members receive 20% off all encounters. Discount taken at online booking. 



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red panda

Red Panda

$205 per person


$75 per person

Fennec Fox

Fennec Fox

$95 per person

Capybara and Spider Monkey

Capybara & Spider Monkey

$125 per person

two-toed sloth

Two-Toed Sloth

$175 per person


Cotton-top Tamarin

$195 per person

two-toed sloth

Bob Cat

$95 per person

two-toed sloth

Komodo Dragon

$150 per person

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Zoo tours

Get closer! Experience the Chattanooga Zoo from a whole different perspective with a Zoo Tour! Upgrade your admission and go on a guided adventure through the Zoo. Each tour is 30 minutes long and offers a selection of behind the scenes, feedings, animal meet and greets, and keeper chats.

  • Tours take place Fridays - Sundays.
  • Reservation must be made in advance.
  • Upgrade to a Zoo for just $10 for adults and $5 for children!
Carnivore Tour - 10:00am

Visit with our fabulous felines and other carnivores at the Zoo! Cats are a surprisingly diverse family. What unique characteristics of our carnivores allow them to survive in the Amazon rainforest, North American woodlands, African savannas, the Sahara Desert, or the Himalayan Mountains? Find out at in the Chattanooga Zoo's Carnivore tour!

Reptile Tour - 11:00am

Often misunderstood, reptiles are some of the most fascinating creatures in the world and are found on every continent, except Antarctica! During this tour you could meet the second largest tortoise species in the world, or rendezvous with a slithering snake friend! Explore the reptiles of the world at the Chattanooga Zoo during the Reptile tour!

Primate Tour - 1:00pm

From the smallest monkeys to the large chimpanzees, our primates soar through the trees of South America, Africa, and Asia with the greatest of ease. What does it take for them to survive in the high tree tops or stay safe on the ground? Find out in the Chattanooga Zoo's Primate tour!

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Tours are offered seasonally from April through September. During these times registrations must be made online while registration is open. We require a week in advance registration to ensure we have prepared tour guides!

To book a tour between October and February, please email our education staff at education@chattzoo.org. We require a minimum of 2 weeks in advance notice for a tour request.

Exclusively for Spring Break Safari 2019

Join us on our daily World Tour, free with zoo admission, as we take a look at a specific geographical area of the zoo! Learn from our tour guides and zookeepers about the animals that live there, their naturalistic behaviors and survival instincts, how we encourage these behaviors, and more!

World Tours

  • 2pm daily. Locations vary. Meet at the specified locations at 2pm to participate in the tour. Reservations are not required.
World Tour Weekly Schedule:
■ March 9-15th Walkin’ the Tracks (North America)
■ March 16-22nd Himalayan Passage (Asia)
■ March 23-29th Gombe Forest (Africa)
■ April 1-7th Corcovado Jungle (South America)




Adopt an Animal

Sponsor your favorite Zoo animal for a day, a week, a month or even a year... Every bit helps!

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