Special Animal Encounters and Tours

Extra special experiences are available to our guests who want to learn even more about our wonderful animals. Choose any of these add-on experiences and make your day truly unforgettable!

These experiences require advance reservations (minimum of 7 days) and are based on availability. Please note: The fee for these special experiences is in addition to our zoo admission fees.

Family Animal Encounter 
$35 for a Family/Group of 2-9 People

Want to make your trip to the zoo something extra special for your loved ones? Small groups and families are invited to book a 30-minute private animal encounter—a close-up, hands-on experience with a few of our friendly program animals! Let us know which animals interest you most!

To schedule, please contact Jessamy Schwartz, Education Program Coordinator, at 218-730-4500 ext. 205.

Animal Feeding
$25/Person

Come behind-the-scenes with zookeepers to watch them feed the animals! You will spend approximately 30 minutes learning more about your chosen animal, preparing diets and then watching as they eat what you’ve helped prepare. Groups are limited to five people.

Choose from:
Pride of Lions – 9:00 am
Amur Tiger – 3:30 pm
Red Kangaroos – 4:00 pm

To schedule, please contact Maicie Sykes, Director of Animal Management, at 218-730-4500 ext. 103.

Behind-the-Scenes Closing Tour
$50/Person

Join our carnivore keepers behind-the-scenes and get up close with our lions, tiger, snow leopard, lynx and cougar as they are given access to their holding areas. Learn about their stories and personalities from those who know them best. You’ll also visit the zoo’s Willard Munger Animal Care Center, a facility that is normally closed to the public. Tours run from 3:30-4:30 p.m. and accommodate a maximum of five people. For their safety, babies and toddlers must be held during the tour.

To schedule, please contact Maicie Sykes, Director of Animal Management, at 218-730-4500 ext. 103.