Animal Encounters

Animal Encounters

Close encounters they’ll remember for a lifetime

April 5 through September 28

Here's what people are saying about their animal encounters

"We could tell the staff cared deeply about the animals. They watched over them closely explaining behaviour which was very interesting. They also took the time to make sure our six year old grandson experienced everything while being careful to protect him and the animals. Very impressed!"

"The experience more than met our expectations - our grandson loved it!"

"Our facilitators were very enthusiastic, especially Joey!"


For more information see our Frequently Ask Questions below.

For questions about registration, please contact gdichiara@rwpzoo.org, or call 401-785-3510 x358.

Have the unforgettable adventure of a close-up animal encounter with your family! Animal Encounters start for the season on the weekends in April with harbor seal feedings, giraffe feedings start on the weekends in May, and both animal options are available daily during the summer. 

For the first time ever, we will be offering online ticket purchase for these exciting encounters! If the tickets don’t sell out online, they will also be available at the Zoo admissions gate on the day of your visit, but space is very limited.

PLEASE NOTE: There will not be any animal feedings on Saturday, September 6, because the Zoo is closing at 2pm in preparation for Brew at the Zoo. Last admission is at 12 noon.

Feed a Harbor Seal!

May 24 - September 1: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays

When: 2:00pm on the date of the each feeding
Price:  $20 per person (in addition to Zoo admission)

Guests must be age 5 or older to participate, and children ages 5+ must be accompanied by a paying adult. The seal feeding area is not wheelchair accessible.

Please note:  All seal feeding registrations are final.  Feedings will take place rain or shine. 

* Registration for feedings will open one month prior to actual date of feeding. For example, registration for May 10th’s seal feeding opened April 10th.

Register for a seal feeding

Feed a Giraffe!

May 24 - September 1: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays

When: 2:00pm on the date of the each feeding
Price:  $20 per person (in addition to Zoo admission)

Guests must be age 5 or older to participate. Children ages 5+ may enter the feeding area without an adult; however, an adult with the ability to assist must remain
nearby. There must be one adult available per child. 

Please note:  All giraffe feeding registrations are final.  Feedings will take place rain or shine.

* Registration for feedings will open one month prior to actual date of feeding. For example, registration for May 10th’s giraffe feeding opened April 10th.


Frequently Asked Questions