Animal Encounters

 

Choose from a selection of fun-filled and educational interactive experiences that allow you to get up close and personal with some of the Oglebay Good Zoo’s animal residents. Help our Zoo Keepers feed and train the zoo’s animals as they welcome you into their exhibit. Be sure to bring your camera for this incredible experience. Closed toe shoes must be worn. Participants must be 5 years or older. Meet the Keeper Encounter available for children under the age of 5! Meet the Keeper Encounter available for  Contact the Zoo Office at 304-243-4100 for pricing and availability.  

 

Santa’s Reindeer Training School

Meet Santa’s reindeer and the Zoo Keepers who train them during this brand new 30-minute animal encounter. Group encounters available daily at 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, and 5 pm. $65 per group (up to six guests). Encounters may be scheduled in advance by calling 304-243-4100. Walk in appointments offered at the Good Zoo main office, based on availability.

 

Animal Encounter

Choose one from ring-tailed lemur, mongoose lemur, kangaroo and wallaby, red panda, or two-toed sloth. Please allow 45 minutes for this program.

 

Personal Safari

Choose one from ring-tailed lemur, mongoose lemur, kangaroo and wallaby, red panda, two-toed sloth, river otter, or meerkat. Please allow 90 minutes for this program.

 

Ultimate Experience

Choose three from ring-tailed lemur, mongoose lemur, kangaroo and wallaby, red panda, two-toed sloth, river otter, or meerkat. Please allow 2.5 hours for this program.

 

Family Farmyard Fun

Join a keeper in the zoo’s farm area to learn about the barnyard animals and how we take care of them. Participants will get to help bottle-feed baby animals, 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 great for all family members ages 3 and up with a maximum number of 6 guests. Please to allow 90 minutes for this program. 

 

Meet the Keeper

Enjoy this special animal encounter for young children! Meet the Keeper sessions are available at 11 AM daily for up to 5 participants ages 2 and older. The group will meet three program animals that could include snakes, alligators, toads, hawks, owls, skunks, ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, or armadillos. The group will then toss crickets or mealworms into our meerkats!

 

Serval Surprise

Meet our newest member of the zoo family in this surprising program! Pet, feed, train, and get your picture taken with our serval, Malika! A Zoo Keeper will discuss serval natural history and conservation during your Serval Surprise. Please allow 45 minutes for this program.

 

Keeper for a Day

Have you ever wanted to be a zookeeper or wondered how we take care of the animals at the zoo? Now is your opportunity to find out! Assist a Zoo Keeper in training and taking care of our meerkats, miniature donkeys, and red pandas. Learn about environmental enrichment by assisting a keeper with browse collection and feeding our kangaroos and wallabies! Discover the different types of food that we use at the zoo as you help prepare animal diets. Also take a behind the scenes tour of our animal hospital!

 

Talk Nerdy to Me

Take a guided tour with one of our Zoo Scientists to learn the stories of the animals within our zoo. Learn about the field conservation programs conducted by the zoo and even get a special behind the scenes tour of our animal hospital!

 

The Purr-fect Experience

Accompany a Zoo Keeper and get up close with our serval and cheetah! During this tour you will learn about cheetah and serval conservation and cheetahs and servals in human care. Watch and learn how our keepers train and feed the cheetah. Pet, feed, and get photos with our serval!

 

Wonderful Wallaby Joey

Hold and pet our new baby wallaby while assisting with feeding the joey its bottle! Learn about wallaby natural history, as well as conservation of Australian wildlife and what the zoo does to support wildlife conservation. Please allow 45 minutes for this program.

 

 

Contact the Zoo Office at 304-243-4100 for pricing and availability.