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Wild Encounters

Get closer than ever to your favorite animals with a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Winter Wild Encounters

Oceans Wild Encounter

Your Oceans Wild Encounter begins in Stingray Bay where you will grab a tray of fish and accompany aquarists in hand-feeding our stingrays and feel them slurp up their lunch right out of your hand! Note for participants with allergies: the stingrays’ food includes shellfish.


Next stop is The Reef gallery, where you’ll get nose to nose with our sharks, reef fish, and giant groupers. If you think that view is great, then you’ll love going behind the scenes of our aquarium for an entirely new view! Talk with our aquarist on what it takes to care for our oceans and the amazing animals that live in them. Learn more about coral reef conservation, invasive species and the hard work being done to conserve our oceans.


**A part of this Wild Encounter requires participants to walk upstairs to the aquarium workroom.

**Face coverings are required.

**Children age 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult who has also purchased a Wild Encounter.

WE TRFCU Ocean Wild


January 22 & 23

February 5, 6, 19, & 20
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Cost: $300 for up to 6 participants
Ages: 6 & up


 Full payment is required at the time of registration.

Questions? Contact us at 260-427-6800 or by e-mail.

Important Information for your Zoo Season Wild Encounter: Encounters are available only when the zoo is open for the season. Wild Encounter prices do not include zoo admission. You are free to explore the zoo on your own during normal operating hours before or after your Wild Encounter. No exceptions for stated maximum group size or age limits. Children age 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult who has also purchased a Wild Encounter ticket. Participants agree to abide by zoo protocols when visiting behind the scenes as instructed by zoo staff, including the use of protective masks, hand washing or other procedures. Closed-toed shoes are required for your safety—no sandals. Photographs taken behind the scenes at the zoo may not be published or shared on social media per the zoo’s Photo and Video Policy.

Cancellation and Refund Policies: Wild Encounters are held rain or shine. Refunds (minus 10% processing fee) are available if you cancel at least 2 weeks in advance. No refund if you cancel less than 2 weeks in advance, but the zoo will make every effort to reschedule your Encounter. The zoo reserves the right to cancel any Wild Encounter or offer an equivalent substitute at any time due to animal health or safety issues. In the event of a zoo cancellation, a full refund will be offered.

Wild Encounters is sponsored by Three Rivers Credit Union

3Rivers Federal Credit Union