Have you ever gotten up close and personal with a kangaroo? Has a lemur ever landed on your shoulder? Have you ever stroked the spine of an alligator?
With our animal encounters, you can now make your visit to the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo extraordinary! Each of our animal encounters are experiences you’ll never forget and no two are the same.
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Our encounters bring you face-to-face with some of the animals that call the Zoo home. You’ll meet our encounter staff who will guide you into your favorite animal’s exhibit for a safe and educational experience. Each encounter opportunity offers memories that will last a lifetime or at least until your next visit!
Don’t forget to bring your camera! We love see seeing your photos. Tag us with #AGCZooFan.
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What to know before your encounter:
Encounters last approximately 10-15 minutes
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No strong perfume or cologne
Leave tobacco products in vehicle
NOTE: The time of an animal encounter may need to be adjusted or delayed when an animal has become overstimulated or needs rest or playtime. If you are in line for an encounter, please be patient. Animals do not understand human schedules. We always put the well-being of our animals first. Due to an animal’s age or its temperament at the time of an encounter, we cannot guarantee that on any encounter you will be able to feed or hold the animal. With patience, we will give you the best encounter possible and ensure the well-being of our animals. For the safety of the guest and animals all guest will have to sanitize before and after each encounter.
One question we always get asked is ‘can I hold the animals during my encounter?’ While the animals in our animal encounter are docile in nature, they are still wild animals. For our guests’ safety, we do not allow the animals to be held by anyone but our keepers with the exception of the baby kangaroos who are secured in pouches and the snakes and baby alligators in the reptile garden.
Click on a photo below for information about a specific encounter.
Click on the images below to go directly to that page for schedules* and details on these incredible encounters!
Swing on into the Lemur Playhouse for an unforgettable experience with our ruffed lemurs.
Pan for fossils, gems and minerals and see what amazing treasures are revealed for you to take home.