Chattanooga Zoo WILD Encounters: 

 

 

Go behind-the-scenes and interact with some of the most exotic animals around the world! Book your WILD Encounter now!
WILD Encounters are offered year-round, Tuesdays through Sundays.

 

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Reservations are required. All WILD Encounters must be booked at least one week in advance.

NOTE: Encounters typically fill up at least 1-2  months in advance. When inquiring, please provide multiple dates that will work with your schedule and we will check our availability. 


Encounters are 30 minute programs. Programs are scheduled on Eastern Time Zone. 

 

 

 

 

Red Panda


Get up-close and personal with some of the cutest animals in the Zoo, Red Pandas. Go into their exhibit, talk with their keepers, and learn what really makes them so special. This WILD Encounter allows visitors to interact and hand feed our red pandas. This is a great opportunity for you to meet and spend time with one of the cutest, yet threatened animals in the world. Be sure to book your encounter in advance!



 Price: $150 per participant + Zoo admission

Age: Must be 10 years old. All persons under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a paying adult.



 
 

Meerkat   


Come meet our mob of Meerkats! Go into their exhibit for a fun and exciting experience. Chat with their keepers, feed them yummy treats, and learn about the “meerkat manor”. Be sure to book your encounter in advance!"



Price: $45 per participant + Zoo admission

Age: Must be 10 years old. All persons under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a paying adult.


 


Fennec Fox 


Come and scurry around with the smallest fox in the world, the fennec fox! Go into their exhibit, feed them, and learn all about these tiny canids from their keepers! This is a great opportunity for guests to learn all about these nocturnal cuties and get up close to those large ears! Be sure to book your encounter in advance!  


 $75 per participant + Zoo admission

Age: Must be 10 years old. All persons under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a paying adult.


 
 

 

Capybara and Spider Monkey



Come meet, feed, and learn about the largest rodent in the world, the capybara, and hangout with our Spider Monkeys. This 2-for-1 experience allows guests to get up-close and personal with Chattanooga Zoo’s capybaras and spider monkeys, while chatting with her keepers, giving them yummy treats, and learning all about these animals. Be sure to book your encounter in advance!



Price: $65 per person + Zoo Admission


Age: Must be 10 years old. All persons under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a paying adult.



 

 
 

 






Two-Toed Sloth

 
Our delightful Two-Toed Sloth, Olive, is waiting patiently to meet you! Go into her enclosure to meet and feed this sleepy bundle of joy. Talk with her keepers and learn all about her slow paced life style. Be sure to book your encounter in advance!


 Price: $130 per person + Zoo admission

Age: Must be 10 years old. All persons under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a paying adult.


 

Kinkajou

 
Come into the kinkajou exhibit and wake up these interesting nocturnal creatures. This experience allows guests to interact and feed the Chattanooga Zoo’s kinkajous, all while learning all about them directly from their keepers. Be sure to book your encounter in advance!


Price: $45 per participant + Zoo admission

Age: Must be 7 years old. All persons under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a paying adult.






Baby Animal Encounters

 
**Baby Animal Encounters are not available at this time. In the event that we have a birth and are able to offer this encounter, this information will be updated.
 

In the event that the Chattanooga Zoo has an arrival of infant animals, “Baby Encounters” will be available if the Chattanooga Zoo staff see it safe for the animal and Zoo guests. When Baby Animal Encounters are offered, they will only available for a specific amount of time. 



All details will depend on the animals and Zoo staff.

Age: Must be 7 years old. All persons under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
 
 

 

 

 

 

Space is limited and subject to availability. Maximum of 2 participants per WILD Encounter. All participants under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult.


 

All WILD Encounters must be booked at least one week in advance. If there should be availability after one week’s notice, there is a $25 late fee per participant per program. 


Scheduled encounters may at times be cancelled or delayed at the Zoo staff’s discretion.


Payment is not due until you arrive for your scheduled encounter. We ask that you check in with the Zoo Gift Shop staff at least 10 minutes prior to your program time. There you will make payment and the staff will direct you accordingly.


Photos are allowed to be taken of your encounter by Chattanooga Zoo staff only. If you would like photos taken, please provide your personal camera.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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