Animal Encounters

Encounters are available Thursday through Sunday from May 1 - August 31, 2016. We will begin taking reservations March 1, 2016.

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Have a personal encounter with some of the animals from the Good Zoo!

The Good Zoo at Oglebay is offering an "Animal Encounter" program that allows zoo guests to get into animal exhibits with the keepers to help feed and train some of the zoo’s animals! Don't forget to bring your cameras for this incredible experience!

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

Select from the following:

Single Encounter
Select one: 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.)

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


  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.