Wild Encounters consists of education-based programs with up-close and personal animal experiences! There are several packages to choose from, dependent on the type of animal you’re interested in interacting with. These programs run from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm on an advanced scheduled day at the Binghamton Zoo, and costs $100.00.

All package participants are required to read and sign a waiver outlining expected behavior and potential liabilities involved. This waiver will be signed upon arrival at the zoo for the experience.

Participants must be at least 7 years of age to participate in these packages, and those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult at least age 18 or older. No more than three people may participate in one package experience.

Boots or sneakers are required.

To book Wild Encounters packages, please contact the Binghamton Zoo Education Department at (607) 724-5461 ext. 235.

All Wild Encounters packages include

  • Introduction: An education staff member will greet participants and give an introduction to the animal as a species in general, including their native habitat, diets, and behaviors. At this time, experience procedures will be reviewed and the waiver should be signed.
  • Meet the keeper/animal/keeper talk: The keeper assigned on the day of the program will be giving the talk about our specific animals and husbandry practices. The keeper will also be in charge of supervising the animal experience.
  • Photo: Education staff will be present during the entire experience to capture the interactive experience and participants will receive a photo at the end!
Wild Encounter Availability Special Feature
African Penguin $100 Offer a special enrichment item
Red panda Currently unavailable Observe a training session
Two-toed sloth & Prehensile-tailed porcupine $100 Feed the animals