Animal Encounters ~
Choose from a selection of fun-filled and educational interactive experiences that allow you to get up close and personal with some of the Oglebay Good Zoo animal residents. Help our Zoo Keepers feed and train the zoo’s animals as they welcome you into their exhibit. Be sure to bring your camera for this incredible experience. Closed toe shoes must be worn. Participants must be 5 years or older. Meet the Keeper Encounter available for children under the age of 5!
Contact the Zoo Office at 304-243-4100 for pricing and availability or book online by following the LEARN MORE link. When booking your encounter online select a category, and a list of animals and times will appear. Make your selection. If the date is blocked on the calendar, try another time as we can only book one encounter per hour.
Want to get up close and personal with the animals? Choose from ring-tailed lemur, mongoose lemur, kangaroo and wallaby, meerkats, river otters, reindeer, red panda, or two-toed sloth. Please allow 45 minutes for this encounter.
Enjoy this special animal encounter for young children! Creature Connection sessions are available at 2 PM or 4 PM daily for up to 5 participants ages 2 and older. The group will meet three program animals that could include snakes, alligators, toads, hawks, owls, skunks, ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, or armadillos. The group will then toss crickets or mealworms into our meerkats!
Family Farmyard Fun
Join a keeper in the zoo’s farm area to learn about the barnyard animals and how we take care of them. Participants will get to help bottle-feed baby animals, feed and brush goats, walk llamas, train donkeys, pet rabbits or guinea pigs, create enrichment items for the animals, and collect eggs from the chickens. This program is great for all family members ages 3 and up with a maximum number of 6 guests. Please allow 90 minutes for this program.
Keeper for a Day
Have you ever wanted to be a zookeeper or wondered how we take care of the animals at the zoo? Now is your opportunity to find out! Assist a Zoo Keeper in training and taking care of our meerkats, miniature donkeys, and red pandas. Learn about environmental enrichment by assisting a keeper with browse collection and feeding our kangaroos and wallabies! Discover the different types of food that we use at the zoo as you help prepare animal diets. Also take a behind the scenes tour of our animal hospital!
Play with the Animals
Join us at the Good Zoo every Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 pm from January through March to play with the animals! You’ll work with the Good Zoo’s Animal Welfare team to create toys and treats for your favorite Zoo animals. You’ll also assist and observe as our team members share the toys and treats with the animals. $15 per person *A maximum of 10 guests may participate per session.
Meet our newest member of the zoo family in this surprising program! Pet, feed, train, and get your picture taken with our serval, Malika! A Zoo Keeper will discuss serval natural history and conservation during your Serval Surprise. Please allow 45 minutes for this program. Participants must be over the age of 12.
Talk Nerdy to Me
Take a guided tour with one of our Zoo Scientists to learn the stories of the animals within our zoo. Learn about the field conservation programs conducted by the zoo and even get a special behind the scenes tour of our animal hospital!