Virtual Wild Encounters

No matter where you are, you, your friends and family can connect virtually with your favorite animals and the amazing experts who look after them.

During this up-close wildlife experience, you’ll get the opportunity to:

  • Chat one-on-one with the keepers and get answers to your most challenging questions
  • Meet the stars of Animal Planet’s THE ZOO
  • Get so close to the animals, you can hear the cheetah purring, or count the porcupine’s quills
  • Support the Bronx Zoo during these challenging times, while connecting with wildlife like never before

Availability is limited – so be sure to reserve your exclusive Bronx Zoo Virtual Encounter right away.

Virtual Encounter: Porcupine

$80

A unique chance to meet an unforgettable mammal. You are 100% guaranteed to learn all about porcupines and 100% guaranteed NOT to be stuck by quills while doing it.

Virtual Encounter: Cheetah

$150

Meet the world’s fastest land animal and some special friends, and hear from keepers about caring for these incredible big cats.

Virtual Encounter: Alpaca

$80

Meet a Children’s Zoo favorite! Visit these South American animals, and some of the keepers who have formed special relationships with them.

Virtual Encounter: Camel

$80

One hump or two? These unbelievable ungulates are a Bronx Zoo icon, now featured in Wild Encounters for the first time.

Virtual Encounter: Sloth

$150

Slow down, relax, and hang out with your favorite arboreal Neotropical xenathran mammal. Learn how keepers keep pace with life in the sloth lane.

Virtual Encounter: Warthog

$80

Meet Peaches, everybody’s favorite warthog, famous for his appearance on Animal Planet’s THE ZOO.

Virtual Encounter: Armadillo

$80

Did you know that armadillo means "little armored one"? Trust us, you'll never forget your first encounter with one of these amazing animals. Learn about their legendary digging skills, special feeding adaptations, and much more from the keepers who care for them.

Virtual Encounter: Penguin

$150

Waddle right this way to meet some amazing flightless birds and learn secrets from professional penguin experts.

Virtual Connection: Anteater

$80

We saw the incredible anteater in action on Season 4 of Animal Planet’s THE ZOO. Here’s a chance to learn more about these iconic animals and meet the keepers who care for them.

Virtual Encounter: Feathers & Scales

$80

Come up close and face-to-face with birds and reptiles in a multi-species Virtual Wild Encounter.

Virtual Encounter: Butterfly

$80

Learn about the life cycle of these beautiful insects and experience the joy of a butterfly release, as adults are let loose in the greenhouse.


  • Zoom call will run approximately 15 minutes. (start time is listed in Eastern Standard Time)
  • Volume up, and let’s chat! We welcome your questions and look forward to making this an interactive experience.
  • Make it a family affair. You are welcome to share your reservation with up to 2 additional friend logins (no more than 3 total logins for the session).
  • Animal experiences can be unpredictable.
  • All reservations are final. Due to limited availability, no refunds or rescheduling.

In-person Wild Encounter experiences are also available at the Bronx Zoo. Learn more.

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