Special Encounters

The Alaska Zoo offers special encounters with animals in a behind-the-scenes setting. You can experience what it is like to see zoo animals through the eyes of those who care for them.

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keeper for a day

  • Available September 1 - May 15
  • Description: Spend a day with our zookeepers, 10am -3pm. 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.
  • $200.00 per person
  • Scheduled Monday through Wednesday
  • Fees are paid in advance
  • Program is offered to ages 12 and up
  • Ages 8 to 11 only with PAID chaperone
  • Reserve online September 1 - May 15
  • Contact Shannon Jensen, Curator, with questions at sjensen@alaskazoo.org or 907-341-6421.
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animal encounters

  • Available September 1 - May 15
  • Description: Choose between the wolves or big cats for your encounter. Participate in making diets, providing enrichment, cleaning and training alongside the animal's zookeeper.
  • $95.00 per person ages 12 and up
  • $45.00 per child age 11 and under with a paid adult
  • Fee includes admission to the zoo
  • Fees are paid in advance
  • Encounters are 45 minutes to 1 hour
  • Reserve online September 1 - May 15
  • Contact Shannon Jensen, Curator, with questions at sjensen@alaskazoo.org or 907-341-6421.