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. While inside the animal’s habitat, 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. 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.