Wild Encounters

Wild Encounters are a way to meet personally with amazing animals, and learn about our extraordinary work right from our keepers. No matter your encounter or cart tour preference, we have the perfect program to make it a day you’ll never forget. It’s your chance to meet giraffes, cheetahs, penguins, or your choice of many other animals - including some you may have seen on Animal Planet’s THE ZOO!

  • Chat with the keepers and get answers to your most challenging questions
  • Meet some of the stars of Animal Planet’s THE ZOO
  • Get close to amazing animals
  • Support the Bronx Zoo while connecting with wildlife like never before

No two Wild Encounters are ever the same - you never know what surprise guests might show up!


  • Review program policies before booking.
  • For the health and safety of our animals, some Wild Encounters programs may still require masks. Masks are always required for Cheetah Connection, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Please note that Encounter tickets are for Wild Encounter programs only; guests must have timed ticket reservations for zoo entry. PRIVATE encounters are for ONE group of a family/party. ALL OTHER PROGRAMS are mixed participation with per-person tickets.

Availability is limited – so be sure to reserve your Wild Encounter right away.

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We had an amazing time. I'm not exaggerating when I say the fennec foxes were 2 of the cutest things I've ever seen. And their caretakers, as well as our tour guide, were so knowledgeable and fun. It was an awesome experience, and I hope we can do something like it again in the near future."



Purchase Wild Encounters through the Member Portal to receive a 10% discount. Must present valid Membership card at program check-in.

Orders must be purchased through the Member Portal to receive the discounted price. Not applicable towards prior purchases.