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.

Animal Encounter: Choose one from ring-tailed lemur, mongoose lemur, kangaroo and wallaby, or red panda.
Time: 11 AM Please allow 45 minutes for this program.

Personal Safari: Choose two from ring-tailed lemur, mongoose lemur, river otter, kangaroo and wallaby, meerkat, or red panda.
Time: 11 AM Please allow 90 minutes for this program.

Ultimate Experience: Choose three from ring-tailed lemur, mongoose lemur, river otter, kangaroo and wallaby, meerkat, or red panda.
Time: 11 AM Please allow two and a half hours for this program.

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

For availability and Pricing please contact the Good Zoo office at 304-243-4100.


NEW! In-room Encounters!
One of our program animal keepers from the Good Zoo will bring a wild experience to your room or cottage as part of our in-room encounter programs. Get your cameras ready and prepare to learn about the amazing adaptations and the conservation of our zoo ambassadors!

Times: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM Friday - Monday
Please allow 35 minutes for this program.

Choose four animals from: striped skunk, Virginia opossum, three-banded armadillo, African hedgehog, carpet python, blue-tongued skink, or tortoise.

Substitute African serval for one of these species for an additional fee. (Note: The serval program can only be offered in the cottages. We won't be able to do the programs in rooms/cottages with pets.)  

For availability and Pricing please contact the Good Zoo office at 304-243-4100.


Meet the Keeper
Enjoy this special animal encounter for young children! 
Meet the Keeper sessions are available at 11 AM daily for up to 5 participants ages 2 and older. The group will get to meet three program animals that could include snakes, alligators, toads, hawks, owls, skunks, ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, or armadillos, and then the group will get to throw crickets or mealworms into our meerkats for enrichment!

For availability and Pricing 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: 2 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 availability and Pricing 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!

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

For availability and Pricing please contact the Good Zoo office at 304-243-4100.


Talk Nerdy to Me
Get a guided tour from one of our zoo scientists to learn the stories of the animals within our zoo and the field conservation programs that the zoo conducts and get a special behind the scenes tour of our animal hospital!

Time: 1 PM Please allow 2 hours for this program.

For availability and Pricing please contact the Good Zoo office at 304-243-4100.


Purr-fect Experience!
Accompany one of our animal keepers to get up close with our serval and cheetah! During this tour you will learn about cheetah and serval conservation and cheetah and servals in human care. Then watch and learn about how our keepers train and feed the cheetah and pet, feed, and get photos with the serval!

Times: 10:30 AM and 3:30 PM Please allow one hour for this program.

For availability and Pricing please contact the Good Zoo office at 304-243-4100.