Animal Encounters ~

Make your wildlife dreams a reality with a once-in-a-lifetime animal encounter at Oglebay Good Zoo!

Oglebay Good Zoo offers the unique opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the animal kingdom’s most fascinating species. You’ll work alongside zookeepers to feed and train them. Did you know that animal encounters are beneficial to an animal’s health and welfare? Encounters aren’t just enjoyable for humans, they’re a form of animal enrichment which is a vital part of animal welfare, as it stimulates an animal’s senses and curiosity.

How To Register

Reservations may be made via phone at 304-243-4100 or online at the links below. Simply select the program of your choice and click “Register Online” to view a list of available dates and times. If the date of your choosing is blocked on the calendar, try selecting another time slot, as only one encounter may be booked per hour. If all bookings are full, please call the zoo office at 304-243-4100. If viewing the calendar from a phone or other mobile device, please turn your device sideways to see the full hourly calendar of offerings for our encounter programs.

Participants must meet applicable age requirements and complete a liability release form at the Good Zoo office 15 minutes prior to scheduled encounter. Closed toe shoes required for all participants. Reservations are non-refundable, but may be rescheduled if available. Pricing is subject to applicable taxes and fees.

  • NEW! Maned Wolves Encounter photo

    NEW! Maned Wolves Encounter

    45 Minute Encounter – $141.95 (2 participants)
    Add up to one (1) additional participant for $23.39 per person

    *Must be 16 years or older. Closed-toe shoes required. Protected contact techniques and special meat sticks are utilized for all feedings.

    Register Online

  • Zebra Encounter photo

    Zebra Encounter

    This new opportunity takes guests up close to our Grevy’s zebra stallion while also providing educational facts related to the natural history of zebras. Guests will assist with feeding and training the zebras.

    45 Minute Encounter – $261.19 (2 participants)
    Add up to one (1) additional participant for $113.56 per person

    *Must be 16 years or older. Closed-toe shoes and long pants required. 

    Register Online

  • Juvenile Sloth Encounter photo

    Juvenile Sloth Encounter

    Meet our sloth keepers and feed and interact with our juvenile Linne’s two-toed sloth while learning about sloth natural history and rainforest conservation.

    45 Minute Encounter – $248.75 (2 participants)
    Add up to three (3) additional participants for $51.50 per person

    *Must be 5 years or older. Closed-toe shoes and long pants required. 

    Register Online

  • Night at the Zoo Encounter photo

    Night at the Zoo Encounter

    Have you ever wondered what the animals at the zoo do at night when the gates close to the guests? Come along with our keepers to find out! As part of this unique experience, you will explore some of the indoor animal habitats and learn how to use night vision goggles to observe some of the animals that we care for. Choose from a walk-about walking tour option, or tour the zoo in a passenger golf cart.

    90 Minute Encounter – $178.45 (2 participants)
    Add additional participants for $22.28 each; Maximum 6 participants for walking tour and 5 participants for golf cart tour 

    Tour Times:

    • April – September | 8 p.m. & 10 p.m.
    • October | 8 p.m. & 10 p.m. (9 p.m. & 11 p.m. on Boo at the Zoo dates)
    • November – March | 6 p.m. & 8 p.m.

    *Must be 5 years or older. Closed-toe shoes required.

    Register Online

  • Ruffed Lemur Encounter photo

    Ruffed Lemur Encounter

    45 Minute Encounter – $141.95 (2 participants)
    Add up to three (3) additional participants for $23.39 per person

    *Must be 5 years or older. Closed-toe shoes required.

    Register Online

  • Red River Hog Encounter photo

    Red River Hog Encounter

    Feed, train, and provide environmental enrichment to our two Red River Hogs while learning about the natural history of these amazing African swine. 

    30 Minute Encounter – $141.95 (2 participants)
    Add up to two (2) additional participants for $23.39 per person

    *Must be 8 years or older. Closed toe shoes and long pants required. Protected contact techniques and special feeding tools are utilized for all feedings.

    Register Online

  • Cape Porcupine Encounter photo

    Cape Porcupine Encounter

    Get up close to our two Cape Porcupines while learning about the natural history of porcupines.

    30 Minute Encounter – $141.95 (2 participants)
    Add up to two (2) additional participants for $23.39 per person

    *Must be 8 years or older. Closed-toe shoes and long pants required.

    Register Online

  • Bobcat Encounter photo

    Bobcat Encounter

    Get up close with one of our bobcats while learning about the bobcat’s natural history and cat conservation. 

    30 Minute Encounter – $141.95 (2 participants)
    This experience is limited to two (2) participants

    *Must be 8 years or older. Closed-toe shoes required. Protected contact techniques and special meat sticks are utilized for all feedings.

    Register Online

  • Red Panda Encounter photo

    Red Panda Encounter

    45 Minute Encounter – $205.22 (2 participants)
    Add up to three (3) additional participants for $25.62 per person

    *Must be 5 years or older. Closed-toe shoes required.

    Register Online

  • Two-Toed Sloth Encounter photo

    Two-Toed Sloth Encounter

    45 Minute Encounter – $205.22 (2 participants)
    Add up to three (3) additional participants for $25.62 per person

    *Must be 5 years or older. Closed-toe shoes required.

    Register Online

  • Ring Tailed Lemur Encounter photo

    Ring Tailed Lemur Encounter

    45 Minute Encounter – $141.95 (2 participants)
    Add up to three (3) participants for $23.39 per person

    Register Online

  • Mongoose Lemur Encounter photo

    Mongoose Lemur Encounter

    45 Minute Encounter – $141.95 (2 participants)
    Add up to three (3) participants for $23.39 per person

    *Must be 5 years or older. Closed-toe shoes required.

    Register Online

  • Kangaroo Encounter photo

    Kangaroo Encounter

    45 Minute Encounter – $141.95 (2 participants)
    Add up to three (3) additional participants for $23.39 per person

    *Must be 5 years or older. Closed-toe shoes required.

    Register Online

  • Wallaby Encounter photo

    Wallaby Encounter

    45 Minute Encounter – $141.95 (2 participants)
    Add up to three (3) additional participants for $23.39 per person

    *Must be 5 years or older. Closed-toe shoes required.

    Register Online

  • Creature Connection photo

    Creature Connection

    This special encounter is specially designed for children ages 2 and up.  During this interactive experience, you’ll meet three animals that could include snakes, toads, hawks, owls, skunks, rabbits, guinea pigs or armadillos. 

    45 Minute Encounter – $90.85 (4 participants)
    Add up to six (6) additional guests for $11.36 per person

    *Young guests must be accompanied by an adult. Closed-toe shoes required.

    Register Online

  • Family Farmyard Fun photo

    Family Farmyard Fun

    This program is perfect for children ages 3 and up. Learn about gentle barnyard animals and see how our zookeepers care for them. During this interactive experience you’ll feed and brush goats, train donkeys, pet rabbits or guinea pigs, create enrichment items for the animals, and toss treats to the chickens! 

    60 Minute Encounter – $136.27 (4 participants)

    *Young guests must be accompanied by an adult. Closed-toe shoes required.

    Register Online

  • Zookeeper for a Day photo

    Zookeeper for a Day

    Have you ever wanted to be a zookeeper? Now is your chance! Work alongside our zookeepers to train the animals and feed the kangaroos and wallabies. Plus, learn about environmental enrichment and diverse diets while helping prepare animal meals. You’ll even take a behind the scenes tour of our animal hospital.

    3 Hour Encounter – $163.77 per person

    *Must be 12 years or older. Closed-toe shoes required. Maximum of four (4) guests per session. 

    Register Online