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Red Panda Encounter

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Often described as the cutest animal on the planet, this special encounter gives you the opportunity to get eye to eye with one of our adorable red pandas. Step into our staff only area to see what goes into the daily care for these unique animals.

Thursdays from 2:15 – 3:00 p.m. – SOLD OUT for 2018


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

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

Reserve your spot today – these tours book quickly!

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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.

Ages 8 and Up
This Animal Encounter is not permitted for kids under age 8. Please register at least one adult per child under 12 in your party.

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

Capturing the Moment
For the safety and well-being of our animal residents, there is no flash photography allowed in this area.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I experience this encounter on any day or time?

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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