Interactive Animal Experiences
Join us for one of our fun-filled and educational interactive experiences that allow you to get up close and personal with some of the zoo's residents. Choose from the following options:

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Animal Encounters:

Oglebay’s Good Zoo will be offering “Animal Encounter” programs daily that will allow zoo guests to get into animal exhibits with animal keepers to help feed and train some of the zoo’s animals and to learn about the natural history and conservation of some of the species at the zoo! Guests will have the opportunity to meet our ring-tailed lemurs, mongoose lemurs, red pandas, and river otters!  Bring your camera for this incredible experience!  Up to one session per animal will be available.

Encounters are available Thursday through Sunday from May 1 - August 31, 2016

Please note: Lemur Encounters will be available daily, and red panda and river otter will be available Thursday – Sunday

Select Your Animal Encounter:

Single Encounter
Choose one: Choose one from ring-tailed lemur, mongoose lemur, or red panda.
Time: 1 pm (Please allow 45 minutes for this program.)

Personal Safari
Choose two: Ring-tailed Lemur, River Otters, Mongoose Lemur or Red Panda
Time: 1 pm (Please allow 90 minutes for this program.)

Ultimate Experience
Choose three: Ring-tailed Lemur, Mongoose Lemur, Red Panda or River Otters
Time: 1 pm (Please allow two and a half hours for this program.)

Restrictions:

  1. 1. Only 5 guests permitted per encounter. 
  2. 2. Younger guests must be a minimum of 5 years of age.
  3. 3. No large pieces of jewelry open toed shoe/flip flops or costumes.
  4. 4. We will attempt to accommodate everyone and will need to know 2 days in advance of a scheduled encounter if a guest needs any special assistance; unfortunately service animals cannot be accommodated.

 

For Prices & availability please contact the Good Zoo office at 304-243-4100.

 


 

Serval Surprise!
Oglebay's Good Zoo will be offering "Serval Surprise" programs daily that will allow zoo guests meet our new serval kitten! One Serval Surprise program will be available daily that will allow participants to meet, pet, feed, train, and get your picture taken with our newest member of the zoo family! An animal keeper will also provide a program to discuss serval natural history and conservation!

Time: 3 pm (Please allow 45 minutes for this program.)

** Please note: The minimum participant age is 5 years old, and closed toe shoes must be worn.

For Prices & availability please contact the Good Zoo office at 304-243-4100.

 


 

Keeper for a Day!
Have you ever wanted to be a zookeeper or wondered how we take care of the animals at the zoo? Well now is your opportunity to find out! Oglebay’s Good Zoo is offering new Keeper for a Day! programs daily. 

When you take part in our Keeper for a Day! program you’ll get to assist us in taking care of our meerkats, miniature donkeys, and red pandas side by side with one of our animal keepers. You’ll also learn how we train the animals at the zoo and get to learn about environmental enrichment by assisting a keeper with browse collection and feeding our kangaroos and wallabies! Then you’ll learn about the different types of food that we use at the zoo as you help a keeper prepare zoo diets, and finally, you’ll get a behind the scenes tour of the zoo’s animal hospital!

Time: 10 AM (Please allow 3 hours for this program.)

* Please note: This experience is mildly physical.  The minimum participant age is 12 years old, and closed toe shoes must be worn.

For Prices & availability please contact the Good Zoo office at 304-243-4100.