Animal Encounters

Cost: Zoo Member: $35/person; Non-Member: $50/person; Children 2 and under are free

An Animal Encounter is a program allowing visitors to get an up-close look at how we care for the animals at the Zoo. Participants will be able to meet and speak with zoo keepers, watch and/or participate in a training session, and help the zoo keepers provide the animals with enrichment.  All proceeds from Animal Encounters help support the care of the animals at the Zoo.

  • Bear Encounter (Maximum of 8 people): 9:30am
  • Seal Encounter (Maximum of 6 people): 11:00am
  • Bear Ink: $50/painting (color or white canvas plus one paint color)*
  • Seal Ink: $50/painting (color or white canvas plus up to three paint colors)*

All Ink prices are in addition to the Animal Encounter price.

Please call (508) 991-6178 x 67418 to register for an Encounter or for more information. Limited Availability. Animal Encounters are available daily April thru October. Registration is required, spaces fill quickly. For information, email