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Elephant Encounter

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Get hand to trunk with one of our Asian elephants. Join an elephant keeper on a behind-the-scenes encounter of our elephant building. Touch one of these amazing creatures with a photo opportunity you can share with your friends and family.

Fridays from 12:45 – 1:30 p.m.

Members $195 per person
Non-Members $220 per person

A portion of each Animal Encounter purchase goes towards protecting animals in the wild.

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Zoo Visit Included!
The Zoo opens at 9 a.m., and you are welcome to stay all day on the day of your Animal Encounter.

All Ages
This Animal Encounter is intended for all ages. Please register at least one adult per child under 12 in your party.

Encounter Size Limit
This exclusive encounter is limited to just twelve people per encounter. If you have fewer than twelve in your party, you may be joined by other registrants, not to exceed twelve persons total.

Capturing the Moment
For the safety and well-being of our animal residents, there is no flash photography allowed in this area. Don’t worry though, we have a special photo moment opportunity planned for you during your encounter that you can share with friends and family.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Any Other Questions?

For questions regarding this or any other Animal Encounter, call the Conservation Education department (713) 533-6500 or email