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!

Please check in at the Guest Services Desk for information on the day’s Close Encounters.

10:00 Animal Training at Amur Leopard Training Wall (next to Conservation Cabin)
10:30 Meet a Porcupine at Lakeside Terrace
11:30 Meet a Snake at Wild Bird Deck (MN Trail)
12:00 Mission Possible: 40 Years of Saving Wildlife, Discovery Bay Stadium
2:30 Ambassador Animal Training at Lakeside Terrace

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