April 5 through September 28
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 habor 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.
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 accessable.
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.
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.
For more information see our Frequently Ask Questions below.
For questions about registration, please contact email@example.com, or call 401-785-3510 x358.
Giraffes and seals are wild animals and do not like to be touched, therefore we ask you not to try to touch them.
Maintain calm and gentle behavior when around the animals. Remember, you're new to them, and they need to feel safe around you. In addition, follow all instructions by the keeper, who is there to ensure your safety as well as that of the animal. If you are asked to step back, or stop what you are doing, please do so immediately. We want to ensure everyone has a wonderful experience!
Particularly for the giraffes, strong perfume, loud voices or noisy jewelry may startle the animals and cause them to back away.
Due to our very limited capacity for the animal feedings, we are not able to offer a member discount for these encounters.
Sorry, all sales are final unless the feeding is cancelled by the Zoo.
Participants are asked to please wear close-toed shoes for safety during the seal feedings, but there is no required attire for the giraffe feedings.
A mix of squid & fish. Feeders will be provided with latex-free gloves.
During giraffe feedings, only the Zoo’s professional photographer will be permitted to enter the feeding deck. Family and friends who wish to take photos of your encounter will be asked to remain outside of the giraffe feeding area. In seal feedings, flash photography will be permitted on the feeding deck, but not behind the scenes.
At the keepers’ discretion, giraffe feedings may be moved indoors during rain. Seal encounters are always outdoors. In cases of severe weather the feedings may be cancelled and refunds issued, if applicable.
Tickets are now available for purchase in advance online here. If 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.
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Please call 401 941-4998 x 316 on the day you plan to visit for updated information on the encounter availability and schedule.
Revenue generated from this experience helps support the care of our animals and our education and conservation programs.
No, all animals at the zoo are on a strict diet for their health and safety. What they eat and the amount eaten daily is monitored carefully by our veterinary staff.
As these are wild animals, we cannot guarantee that they will want to eat according our schedule. If you have already paid for your encounter and the animals do not come to the deck, we will grant a refund.