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. If you want to explore more of the Zoo, check out a walking tour.
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 Keeper’s Circle level (or above) or VIP Foster Feeder (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.
- Parking and admission to the Zoo are included in encounter prices but NOT in walking tour price.
- We don’t skimp on fun, but safety comes first at the Zoo! For some encounters, Zoo staff will wear appropriate personal protective equipment (face masks, gloves, etc.) and guests may be required to wear face masks.
Tickets for walking tours can be purchased up to 30 minutes prior to the tour start time. Please meet at the Discovery Pavilion 10 minutes prior to the start of your tour.
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.