Chattanooga Zoo WILD Encounters:
Get up-close and personal with some of the cutest animals in the Zoo. Go into the Red Panda exhibit, talk with their keepers and learn what really makes them so special. This WILD Encounter allows visitors to interact with and hand feed our red pandas. This is a great opportunity for you to meet and spend time with one of the cutest, yet most threatened animals in the world.
$95 per participant + Zoo admission
**Due to Red Panda breeding season, the Red Panda Encounter has been suspended until further notice.
African Spur-Thighed Tortoise
Come to see, feed, and interact with the largest species of mainland tortoise, the African Spur-Thighed Tortoise. This experience allows guests to enter the tortoises' enclosure, talk with their keepers, and learn all about them!
$35 per participant + Zoo admission
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."
Come meet, feed, and learn about the largest rodent in the world, the Capybara. This exciting experience allows guests to enter the animals' enclosure and get up-close and personal. All while chatting with their keepers, giving out yummy treats, and learning all about this unique species.
$45 per participant + Zoo admission
**Due to exhibit renovations, the Capybara encounter has been suspended until further notice.
Have you ever fed a monkey? Well, now you can! Come meet, greet, and feed our Spider Monkeys. Go behind the scenes and interact with this group of energetic primates. Get up-close and personal as you chat with their keepers and learn all about their behaviors, and how must it takes to care for these animals. This is a wild adventure you will never forget!
$60 per participant + Zoo admission
**Due to exhibit renovations, the Spider Monkey Encounter has been suspended until further notice.
Maximum of 2 participants per WILD Encounter. Space is limited and subject to availability.
Participants must be 8 years old. All participants under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
All WILD Encounter participants must abide by all Zoo guidelines and sign the WILD Encounters Agreement
Please Note: Scheduled encounters may at times need to be cancelled or delayed at the Zoo Staff's discretion.
For more information or to schedule your encounter, please call (423) 697-1322 ext 5703 or email Hannah Hammon.
**All WILD Encounters must be booked at least 1 week in advance.
**Participants should check in with the Zoo Gift Shop staff at least 10 minutes prior to your WILD Encounter.
**Photos are allowed to be taken of your encounter by Zoo staff only. If you would like photos taken, please provide your personal camera.