Animal Encounters ~

Make your wildlife dreams a reality with once-in-a-lifetime animal encounters at Oglebay in Wheeling, WV!

The 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. Bring your camera for incredible photos you’ll cherish for a lifetime!

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.

***Reservations may be made via phone at 304-243-4100 or online via the ‘Learn More’ links below. Simply select the animal or program of your choice and click ‘Learn More’ to reveal 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. 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.

  • NEW - Ruffed Lemur photo

    NEW - Ruffed Lemur

    45 minute encounter – $135.19 (2 participants)

    *Must be 5 years or older. Pricing based on two (2) participants and includes Good Zoo admission. Add up to three (3) additional participants for $22.28 per person. Pricing is subject to applicable taxes and fees.

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  • NEW - Red River Hog Encounter photo

    NEW - Red River Hog Encounter

    This new opportunity takes guests up close to feed and train as well as provide environmental enrichment to our two Red River Hogs while also providing educational facts related to the natural history of these amazing African swine!

    Protected contact techniques and special feeding tools are utilized for all feedings. Closed toe shoes and long pants are required.

    30 minute encounter – $135.19 (2 participants)

    *Must be 8 years or older. Pricing based on two (2) participants and includes Good Zoo admission. Add up to two (2) additional participants for $22.28 per person. Pricing is subject to applicable taxes and fees.

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  • Cape Porcupine Encounter photo

    Cape Porcupine Encounter

    This new opportunity takes guests up close to our two Cape Porcupines while also providing educational facts related to the natural history of porcupines.
    Closed toe shoes and long pants are required.

    30 minute encounter – $135.19(2 participants)

    *Must be 8 years or older. Pricing based on two (2) participants and includes Good Zoo admission. Add up to two (2) additional participants for $22.28 per person. Pricing is subject to applicable taxes and fees.

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  • Bobcat Experience photo

    Bobcat Experience

    This opportunity takes guests up close with one of our bobcats while also providing educational facts related to bobcat natural history and cat conservation. Protected contact techniques and special meat sticks are utilized for all feedings.

    30 minute encounter – $135.19 (2 participants)

    *Must be 8 years or older. Pricing based on two (2) participants and includes Good Zoo admission. This experience is limited to only two (2) participants. Pricing is subject to applicable taxes and fees.

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  • Red Panda Encounter photo

    Red Panda Encounter

    45 minute encounter – $178.45 (2 participants)

    *Must be 5 years or older. Pricing based on two (2) participants and includes Good Zoo admission. Add up to three (3) additional participants for $22.28 per person. Pricing is subject to applicable taxes and fees.

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  • Snow Leopard Encounter photo

    Snow Leopard Encounter

    During this amazing experience you’ll learn about the conservation of these rare species and assist our zookeeper with feeding and training the individuals in our care. Protected contact techniques and special meat sticks are utilized for all feedings.

    45 minute encounter – $248.75 (2 participants)

    *Must be 18 years or older. Pricing based on two (2) participants and includes Good Zoo admission. Pricing is subject to applicable taxes and fees.

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  • Two-Toed Sloth Encounter photo

    Two-Toed Sloth Encounter

    45 minute encounter – $178.45 (2 participants)

    *Must be 5 years or older. Pricing based on two (2) participants and includes Good Zoo admission. Add up to three (3) additional participants for $22.28 per person. Pricing is subject to applicable taxes and fees.

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  • Ring Tailed Lemur Encounter photo

    Ring Tailed Lemur Encounter

    45 minute encounter – $135.19 (2 participants)

    *Must be 5 years or older. Pricing based on two (2) participants and includes Good Zoo admission. Add up to three (3) additional participants for $22.28 per person. Pricing is subject to applicable taxes and fees.

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  • Mongoose Lemur Encounter photo

    Mongoose Lemur Encounter

    45 minute encounter – $135.19 (2 participants)

    *Must be 5 years or older. Pricing based on two (2) participants and includes Good Zoo admission. Add up to three (3) additional participants for $22.28 per person. Pricing is subject to applicable taxes and fees.

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  • Kangaroo Encounter photo

    Kangaroo Encounter

    45 minute encounter – $135.19 (2 participants)

    *Must be 5 years or older. Pricing based on two (2) participants and includes Good Zoo admission. Add up to three (3) additional participants for $22.28 per person. Pricing is subject to applicable taxes and fees.

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  • Wallaby Encounter photo

    Wallaby Encounter

    45 minute encounter – $135.19 (2 participants)

    *Must be 5 years or older. Pricing based on two (2) participants and includes Good Zoo admission. Add up to three (3) additional participants for $22.28 per person. Pricing is subject to applicable taxes and fees.

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  • Meerkat Encounter photo

    Meerkat Encounter

    45 minute encounter – $135.19 (2 participants)

    *Must be 5 years or older. Pricing based on two (2) participants and includes Good Zoo admission. Add up to two (2) additional participants for $22.28 per person. Pricing is subject to applicable taxes and fees.

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  • 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. Next, you’ll feed the meerkats by tossing them tasty crickets or mealworms.

    45 minute encounter – $86.52 (4 participants)

    *Young guests must be accompanied by an adult. Pricing based on four (4) participants and includes Good Zoo admission. Pricing is subject to applicable taxes and fees.

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  • Family Farmyard Fun photo

    Family Farmyard Fun

    Learn about gentle barnyard animals and see how our zookeepers care for them. During this interactive experience you’ll 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 perfect for guests ages 3 and up. Please allow 60 minutes for this program.

    60 minute encounter – $129.78 (4 participants)

    *Young guests must be accompanied by an adult. Pricing based on four (4) participants and includes Good Zoo admission. Pricing is subject to applicable taxes and fees.

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  • Zookeeper for a Day photo

    Zookeeper for a Day

    Have you ever wanted to be a zookeeper? Now is your chance! You’ll work alongside our zookeepers to train meerkats and miniature donkeys, and feed kangaroos and wallabies! Next, you’ll learn about environmental enrichment as you browse the animal collection with our keepers. You’ll learn about the diverse diets of our Good Zoo animals while helping to prepare meals for the animals. Plus, you’ll experience a behind the scenes tour of our animal hospital.

    3 hour encounter – $92.70 per person

    *Must be 12 years or older. Maximum of four (4) guests per session. Pricing includes zoo admission. All pricing subject to applicable taxes and fees.

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