Are you curious about what it’s like to feed a penguin or get eye-to-eye with giraffes? Check out the Santa Barbara Zoo’s animal encounters, where you’ll meet and greet the animals for a 30-minute educational experience and Q & A session. Parking and admission to the Zoo are included in encounter prices.
If you can’t make it to the Zoo in person, we offer virtual animal encounters that can be enjoyed from anywhere with an internet connection! Virtual encounters take place on Zoom. Fill out the form below to sign up for a virtual encounter.
Are you a Santa Barbara Zoo Member at the Circle of Care level or VIP Foster Feeder ($500 levels or above)? Contact the advancement department to schedule your complimentary animal encounter. Due to safety restrictions, there is limited availability on dates, group size, and animal options.
- All guests 3 years and older must properly wear a face mask during the entire animal experience for the safety of our other guests, staff, and animals.
- All guests must disinfect their hands and let them dry prior to feeding animals.
- Zoo staff will wear appropriate personal protective equipment (face masks, gloves, etc.) for each encounter.