Known in some cultures as “bringers of good luck,” these birds are the most charismatic birds at the Zoo!
During this Encounter you may enjoy:

  • Watching these birds train with their keepers.
  • Learn all about these fascinating birds, their husbandry and hear keeper’s stories.
  • Get to see where all of the African birds, zebra, and Red River hogs go to bed at night!
  • Includes the opportunity to toss some scrumptious snacks to our hornbills.

Note: Closed-toes shoes are required.


– Contact us at least one week in advance to schedule this Encounter.
– The number of people permitted is dependent upon the animal chosen, and subject to the discretion of Zoo staff at the time of booking.
– Some experiences may be limited to fewer participants.
– Children 2 years old and under are FREE, may attend unless otherwise noted (often with restrictions), and they do no count toward the total group size (group size is subject to specific animal requirements).
– What you do or experience during the encounter can vary depending upon the animal chosen.
– Typical encounters include helping to feed the animal (with appropriate feeding utensils), or giving enrichment items and watching them interact.
– You will get to meet the keeper(s) and take photos of the animal(s) behind-the-scenes.

*Note: All encounters will be conducted in a protected contact situation. In most cases touching the animal will not be available.

Days & Times:

Scheduled daily, between 9:30 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.
Encounters are 30 minutes long, with the animal of your choice.


$353 per encounter for up to four people.
Additional people, if permitted, can be added for $75.75 per person.
Includes admission to the Zoo for the day.
Payment in full will be required upon booking.

– $3 from the cost of your Animal Encounter is applied directly to Quarters for Conservation.
– 75¢ from the cost for each additional person, if permitted, is applied directly to Quarters for Conservation.
– Each Encounter group is given twelve Q4C tokens upon arrival for voting at the Quarters for Conservation token kiosks, to show their support for the conservation projects that inspire them.

To Schedule:

Encounters need to be scheduled at least (1) one week ahead of your date/time.
Cancellations will be refunded with a minimum 24 hours notice. Rescheduling may be available.

Email [email protected]
or call 719-424-7874