Animal Encounters
Experiences that Matter

Sloth Encounter

Sloth Encounter

Meet our Sloths!

Whether they're just hanging out, taking a snooze, or moseying along to reach a tasty treat, our oddly adorable two-toed sloths, Lady and Tramp, are as delightful as sloths can be!

In our Sloth Encounter, you'll get up-close to feed and learn about these gentle creatures and discover that while they're slow-movers, they are loaded with personality. Have your camera ready to capture this unique animal experience!

Sloth Encounter Time - 11:00 am & 2:00 pm.

Cost: $40 per person weather permitting.

All ages permitted. A paying adult must accompany children 12 and under.

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Giraffe Encounter

Giraffe Encounter

Have you ever wanted to get up close and personal with a friendly giraffe?

Visit Gulf Breeze Zoo and take a behind-the-scenes tour for only $25. Includes a personal tour of the giraffe house and a meet and greet with our resident herd of reticulated giraffe.

Tour participants will journey into the keeper access area and spend time visiting and feeding the giraffe. Your guide will explain what makes this threatened species so unique, how they are managed and cared for at the Zoo and their status in the wild.

Giraffe Encounter Time - 1:30 pm daily, weather permitting.

Cost: $25 per person

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WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Not suitable for children under 6.

Participants under the age of 12 must be accompanied by paying adult.

Duration

20 minutes

Allergy caution: This experience is outdoors, you may be exposed to dust, hay, biting, and stinging insects.

For information about special needs, wheelchair capabilities and service animal policies for this experience, please email the Guest Services team before booking at gsmanager@gulfbreezezoo.org

What to wear -

Comfortable closed-toe shoes are strongly recommended.
This is experience is outdoors, please plan ahead for the weather and dress accordingly.
Giraffe Encounter is not available when raining.

Where -

Giraffe Encounter:
Check-in at the Giraffe Food Hut.

When -

Check-in 10 minutes before scheduled encounter time.
The encounter begins promptly at the assigned time. Late arrivals will not be permitted to join the experience.


Hippo Encounter

Hippo Encounter

It's official; the wait is finally over! Now is your chance to go behind-the-scenes at the new Kiboko River Station at the Gulf Breeze Zoo. Enjoy exclusive access to our Hippo habitat, where our dedicated animal care specialists will introduce guests to our two Nile hippos, the world's third-largest land mammal, and share specifics about their daily routines, care, training, unique behaviors, and diets. Guests will enjoy feeding the hippos under the watchful eye of our animal care specialist while learning about active conservation efforts in the wild to protect them. Tickets are available online and in the gift shop.
Please note: there is a daily max capacity for the Kiboko River Station Hippo Encounter, resulting in limited availability. The minimum age is eight (8), and a paying adult must accompany anyone under the age of 12. Reservation strongly recommended.

Hippo Encounter Times - 11:30 am daily, weather permitting.

Cost: $30 per person

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WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Guests must be at least 8 years old to participate.

Participates under the age of 12 years old must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Allergy caution: This experience is outdoors, you may be exposed to dust, hay, biting and stinging insects.

For information about special needs, wheelchair capabilities and service animal policies for this experience, please email the Guest Services team before booking at gsmanager@gulfbreezezoo.org

What to wear -

Comfortable closed-toe shoes are strongly recommended.
This is experience is outdoors, please plan ahead for the weather and dress accordingly.
Outdoor activities are conducted rain or shine, with the exception of lightning or severe weather.

Where -

Hippo Encounter:
Check-in at the Train Station, located across from the playground.

When -

Check-in 10 minutes prior to scheduled encounter time.
The encounter begins promptly at the assigned time. Late arrivals will not be permitted to join the experience.

Disclaimer -

Duration and availability are subject to change without notice.
Cancellations must be made 7 days in advance.
Payments will be forfeited if you fail to show.

*Should you have questions related to accessibility please email us at gsmanager@gulfbreezezoo.org

**Service animals are restricted from open-air exhibits, such as encounters where visitors can enter and interact with the exhibit. This is for the safety of service animals and zoo animal residents.

***Outdoor activities are conducted rain or shine, with the exception of lightning or severe weather.

**** A portion of all proceeds go towards conservation efforts.