Select Wild Encounters are back with new safety guidelines! At this time, each in-person Wild Encounter is 30 minutes long and can accommodate one group of up to five guests within the same family.

? All guests must wear face masks at all times
? Guests must wear gloves for the Red Panda Wild Encounter (gloves provided by the Zoo)
? Guests must be 8 years of age or older to participate
? Guests under 16 must be accompanied by an adult
? Tickets must be purchased in advance online

At this time, participants are unable to touch and/or feed the animals.

Tickets include Zoo admission. Closed-toed shoes are encouraged. At this time, we are unable to accommodate service animals during Wild Encounters. If you or a group member have a special need or mobility need, please contact us in advance. All sales are final, refunds unavailable.


Wild Encounters are sponsored by GEICO Military

Go behind-the-scenes in the PPG Aquarium
Sundays, Wednesdays, Fridays
2:30 P.M.
$250 per group

Red Panda
Tuesdays & Thursdays
10 A.M.
$250 per group

Ambassador Animals
Meet some of our smaller, kid-friendly residents
Tuesdays – Sundays
2 P.M.
$250 per group

Clouded Leopard Cubs
Sundays & Mondays
12 P.M.


Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays
1 P.M.

Virtual Wild Encounters do not include Zoo admission.?Virtual Wild Encounters include 15 interactive minutes with your selected animal and an animal care staff member via FaceTime (or Zoom, by request.) Just purchase a Virtual Wild Encounter below and?email your contact information to

Questions? Contact

Note to teachers: Looking for an educational animal encounter for the students in your class or group?
Please register for our educational online Zoom programming created just for students.