Have you ever wanted to experience wild animals up-close? Now you can by attending one of our Close Encounters demonstrations! This program provides unique and engaging on-site animal experiences to Minnesota Zoo guests. Special animal enrichment and training demonstrations are emphasized during Close Encounters, providing guests with one-on-one opportunities to interact with our zookeepers and observe, or even touch, our wildlife.

Close Encounters occur every day, throughout the day, in all areas of the Zoo. With a growing collection of animals and an average of six daily Close Encounters presentations, this program offers something for everyone!

9:30 Animal Training at Second Floor Discovery Bay- West Hallway
10:30 Incredible Creatures in the Discovery Bay Stadium
11:00 Animal Training at Sea Otters (Russia’s Grizzly Coast)
11:00 Animal Training at Wild Boar (Russia’s Grizzly Coast)
11:30 Animal Training at Moose (Northern Trail)
2:00 Meet a Reptile at the Entrance of the Tropics Trail
2:30 Meet an Anteater in the Discovery Bay Stadium

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