Wild Encounters

Explore the zoo like you've always wanted to! Get up close with the animals and the extraordinary work of the Bronx Zoo, or relax with a tour of must-see exhibits.

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Animal Ambassadors Tour

Best of the best! Enjoy a hosted cart tour and up-close encounters with amazing animals at our Wildlife Ambassador Center.

$199.95* per person

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  • All participants must be age 3 and over. Children age 17 and younger must be accompanied by a paid adult.
  • 2.5 hours
  • We cannot guarantee which animals you will meet on an encounter. Selection is at the keeper’s discretion, and is subject to change.
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Cheetah Connection

Visit with our ambassador cheetah, and canine companion, for an extraordinary meet-and-greet opportunity.

$59.95* per person

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  • All participants must be age 12 and over. Children age 17 and younger must be accompanied by a paid adult
  • 45 min
  • Program length includes travel time to walk from check-in to encounter venue location.
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Wild Discovery Tour

Enjoy a semi-private hosted cart tour and the opportunity for an up-close meeting with one of our unique African wildlife species.

$129.95* per person

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  • All participants must be age 8 and over. Children age 17 and younger must be accompanied by a paid adult.
  • 2.5 hours, max of 7 people
  • We cannot guarantee which animal you will meet on this tour. Selection is at the keeper’s discretion and is always subject to change - but may include species such as giraffe, rhino, camel.
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Fennec Connection

We know foxes are fun! This small group encounter gives guests a chance to spend quality time with our keeper and see fennec fox activity and social interactions up close.

$49.95* per person

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  • All participants must be age 6 and over. Children age 17 and younger must be accompanied by a paid adult.
  • 30 min
  • Program length includes travel time to walk from check-in to exhibit and encounter venue.
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Penguin Connection

Waddle this way! After a stop to check in on the Little Penguins at our Aquatic Bird House, we’ll head to a private up-close meet and greet with our ambassador penguins.

$49.95* per person

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  • All participants must be age 6 and over. Children age 17 and younger must be accompanied by a paid adult.
  • 30 min
  • Program length includes travel time to walk from check-in to exhibit and encounter venue.

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Use code MEMBERVIP for 10% off your purchase. Must present valid WCS Membership card at program check-in or additional fees will apply.


Know Before You Go

  • This ticket is for the program ONLY and does not serve as admission into the zoo. Must have a valid WCS Membership or separate admission ticket (any type) in order to enter the Bronx Zoo. Tickets or Membership can be purchased in advance online, or upon arrival at zoo entrance.
  • Check-In for all programs is at Zoo Center (10-15 prior to program start time). We recommend arriving to the zoo via Southern Boulevard Gate (the closest entrance to Zoo Center). Please be sure to plan enough time for travel, as programs will start on time and we are unable to accommodate or refund guests who arrive at check-in after program start time.
  • Rain or Shine! Programs run in all weather. We recommend comfortable clothing and shoes for walking. Many exhibit areas and views are not reachable by vehicle, Cart Tours include frequent stops and require walking short distances throughout the experience.
  • Cameras: no tripods; handheld devices are welcome. Flashes are not permitted to be used in some exhibits. For Cheetah Connection, all camera shutter sounds must be silent and no long lenses.
  • Personal Items: Only bring what you will carry, as we do not have space for storage and the cart will be left unattended at times when the tour is inside exhibit areas.
  • Strollers are not able to be loaded onto the tour cart and there are stroller restrictions at some exhibits. If bringing a personal stroller, we can store that at the Check In area during your tour.
  • Change/Cancellation: Program reservations are non-refundable. Reservations may be changed up to 5 days before the program and will be subject to a $15 Administrative Change Fee. Less than 5 days, changes are not permitted. (Contact us at vipexperiences@wcs.org, or call 347-308-9021)
  • Wheelchairs: Many exhibit areas and views are not reachable by vehicle. Carts Tours include frequent stops and require walking short distances throughout the experience. If anyone in your party requires the use of a wheelchair during the tour, please call in advance: 347-308-9021.

*Ticket is for program only and does not serve as admission to the zoo. Must have a valid WCS Membership or separate admission ticket in order to enter the Bronx Zoo.

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