Zoo Quest Encounters

You’ve seen pictures and read the stories…and even seen the animals themselves from afar. Now-come and experience Capron Park Zoo from an entirely viewpoint!

​Zoo Quest Adventures are an amazing and personal behind the scenes experience that will take you places few visitors ever go.  With several different options, you can have a unique experience almost anytime you visit!

RED PANDA ENCOUNTER (30-minutes)

In this encounter program, you will enter the exhibit with our Red Pandas. While in the exhibit, you will learn a bit about this endangered species and have the chance to interact with these two darling animals! 
FEE: Capron Park Zoo Members: $50/person
Non Members: $55/person*

Because of potential high temperatures, we will not be booking encounters for the month of August. Encounters will resume in September. We are currently booking into NOVEMBER for weekend Red Panda Encounters.
Part of your program fee will be donated to various conservation programs that work to protect species and habitats worldwide.

THINGS TO KNOW:

  • Please call at least 2 months in advance to schedule your encounter. Dates are limited, so it is best to be flexible. CURRENTLY THERE ARE NO WEEKEND PANDA ENCOUNTERS AVAILABLE UNTIL NOVEMBER. Red Panda encounters are NOT offered January 1 through April 30 or for the month of August.
  • If the temperature is forecasted to be above 85 degrees or below 20 degrees, the weather is inclement (rain or snow) or the conditions are deemed unsafe for either people or animals, your encounter will be re-scheduled.
  • ​Panda encounters are offered Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 2 PM. No more than 4 people/encounter. 
  • We DO NOT guarantee animal interaction – the animals have the choice as to whether or not they want to approach program participants. 
  • You MUST be at least 12 years old to participate in this encounter. Participants ages 12 to 18 MUST be accompanied by a paying adult encounters participant. 
  • Participants MUST wear pants/jeans and sneakers or boots in order to enjoy this encounter. The zoo reserves the right to deny any participant entry into the exhibit if not dressed appropriately.
  • Fee DOES NOT include admission to the zoo!
LEMUR ISLAND ADVENTURE:
(30-minutes) 
In this Zoo Quest adventure, you will join a keeper out on Lemur Island and have a no barriers encounter with our Black and White Ruffed Lemurs, Haja and Fale. Learn about these two lovable zoo residents while getting the chance to interact with them.

FEE: Capron Park Zoo Members: $30/person
Non Members: $35/person

Part of your program fee will be donated to the Madagascar Fauna and Flora Group, dedicated to protecting and preserving lemurs and other endemic Madagascar species and habitats.

THINGS TO KNOW:

  • WE WILL BEGIN TAKING LEMUR ISLAND ENCOUNTERS AFTER MAY 1

  • If the temperature is forecasted to be above 85 degrees, the weather is inclement (rain or thunderstorms) or the conditions are deemed unsafe for either people or animals, your encounter will be re-scheduled.
  • Lemur encounters are offered Sunday, Wednesday and Saturday at 3 PM. No more than 4 people/encounter.
  • We DO NOT guarantee animal interaction – the animals have the choice as to whether or not to interact with participants
  • You MUST be at least 12 years old to participate in this encounter. Participants ages 12 to 18 MUST be accompanied by a paying adult encounters participant. 
  • Participants MUST sneakers or boots in order to enjoy this encounter. The zoo reserves the right to deny any participant entry into the exhibit if not dressed appropriately.
  • Fee DOES NOT include admission to the zoo!

LION AND BEAR BEHIND THE SCENES ADVENTURE
(30-minutes)
This late afternoon behind-the-scenes experience will let you get up close to our Lion pride and Sloth Bear. Join an Education Department staff member and Zoo Caretaker as they take you to watch them come in and enjoy their evening meal. An amazing opportunity to really see these two predators up close!
THIS IS A NON-CONTACT EXPERIENCE

FEE: Capron Park Zoo Members: $45/person
Non Member: $50/person

Part of your program fee will be donated to Wildlife SOS India, dedicated to protecting and preserving India’s wildlife and habitats 


THINGS TO KNOW:

  • Please call at least 2 months in advance to set up your encounter 
  • If  conditions are deemed unsafe for either people or animals, your encounter will be re-scheduled.
  • ​Lion/Bear Behind the Scenes Experiences are offered Saturday and Sunday at closing time. No more than 4 people/encounter. 
  • You MUST be at least 12 years old to participate in this encounter. Participants ages 12 to 18 MUST be accompanied by a paying adult encounters participant. 
  • Participants MUST sneakers or boots in order to enjoy this encounter. The zoo reserves the right to deny entry to any participant not dressed appropriately.
  • Fee DOES NOT include admission to the zoo!

To book a Zoo Quest Adventure, call 774-203-1843 or email for more information

If you do not receive a reply to your email in 5 business days, please check your spam folder and/or call!

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