Special Encounters

The Alaska Zoo offers behind-the-scenes programs with zookeepers to give you a special, private perspective of what it is like to work with zoo animals!

Questions? Contact Curator Shannon Jensen at sjensen@alaskazoo.org or 907-341-6421.

Keeper for a Day
200.00

September 1 - May 15, 9:30am-3pm on Mondays and Tuesdays

Spend a day with our zookeepers and experience the zoo life firsthand! You may go behind-the-scenes at tiger, brown bear, snow leopard, make diets or feed the wolves. The day is always a surprise but a great experience for all.

This program is offered for ages 12 and up. Ages 8 through 11 are allowed, but only as paid participants with a paid chaperone. Children ages 7 and under are not allowed during this program. We have a limit of 2 spaces for each Keeper for a Day date. The fee is $200 per person. Must be booked and purchased at least 48 hours in advance of the requested date.

Contact Shannon Jensen, Curator, with questions at sjensen@alaskazoo.org or 907-341-6421.

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Tiger Encounter
95.00

September 1 - May 15, 45 minutes to 1 hour

Are you ready for an experience of a lifetime? Go with a zookeeper to discover the biggest of all cat species, the Amur tiger. Meet the zoo’s tigers, brothers Korol and Kunali and see their behind-the-scenes area.

Tiger encounters are offered on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 9am. Advance purchase is required. We have a maximum of 4 spots available per date. The encounter fee is $95.00 per person. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a paid adult. The encounter fee includes admission to the zoo. We do not offer membership discounts for encounters. Must be booked and purchased at least 48 hours in advance of the requested date.

We have tiger encounter dates available through mid-May. Contact Shannon Jensen, Curator, with questions at sjensen@alaskazoo.org or 907-341-6421.

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Wolf Encounter
95.00

September 1 - May 15, 45 minutes to 1 hour

Are you ready for an experience of a lifetime? Go with zookeepers to spend some time with the zoo’s wolves. You will learn what the wolves eat, how they interact with each other, how keepers work with the wolves and more.

Wolf encounters are offered on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30pm. Advance purchase is required. We have a maximum of 4 spots available per date. The encounter fee is $95.00 per person. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a paid adult. The encounter fee includes admission to the zoo. We do not offer membership discounts for encounters. Must be booked and purchased at least 48 hours in advance of the requested date.

We have dates available through March 31st, 2019. If you wish to schedule past this point, contact Shannon Jensen, Curator, at sjensen@alaskazoo.org or 907-341-6421.

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