Experience the Zoo in a whole new way with our Big Cat Encounter! During your personal tour of the big cat exhibit, you’ll discover how our keepers take care of these amazing animals. We’ll then head behind the scenes into the big cat house to see a few of the cats up-close and watch a training session with the zookeepers. This one of a kind experience ends with a picture to always remember the closest you’ll ever want to get to a big cat!
Available even while the Zoo is closed for the winter!
Times & Dates
Duration: Approximately 30 minutes
Times offered: Monday, Wednesday or Friday at 11:00 AM
Advance reservations required; see below for how to make your reservation
Maximum: 4 participants per group
Minimum: 2 participants per group
Cost: $45/person (includes Zoo Admission) $40/zoo members
Children ages 10 and up are permitted with paying adult.
Youth over the age of 15 are permitted to tour solo with the written permission of an adult or guardian.
You must wear closed toed shoes!
All participants must sign a liability waiver.
Following your experience, a high-res photo of one of the big cats and a certificate will be mailed to you. No personal cameras or videos will be permitted.
Programs involving zoo animals are subject to change or cancellation based on animal needs. However, every effort will be made to offer alternate areas or reschedule tours.
Click here to email your reservation request
or call (309) 799-3482 x222