Activities

An Array of Animal Activities

Every day at the Zoo, there’s a special activity that gets you even more up close and personal than our habitats can. Check them out!

Animals in Action Talks

Learn about some of our most popular animals through these special presentations.

  • Gorilla/Bonobo — 10:30 a.m. Daily — Apes of Africa
  • Aquatics/Reptiles — 11 a.m. Weekends — Aquatic & Reptile Theater
  • Elephants — 11:30 a.m. Daily — Elephants in Action Pavilion
  • Bats — 11:45 a.m. Weekends — Small Mammals Building
  • Camels — 2:15 p.m. Daily — Camel Habitat or Theater
  • Harbor Seals — 3 p.m. Daily — Harbor Seal Habitat

Operating Season

Closed for the season

Animal Feeding Schedule

  • Aquatic & Reptile Center — 2 p.m. (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. Time subject to change.)
  • Small Mammals Building — 2:30 p.m.
  • Big Cat Country — 3 p.m. (Sign will indicate species.)
  • Harbor Seal Outdoor Habitat — 3 p.m.

Operating Season

Closed for the season

 

Giraffe Experience presented by Miller Lite

Giraffe feeding time is a tall task! This unique experience allows you to get eye-to-eye with the tallest animals at the Zoo.

Opportunities are subject to animals’ appetites, weather, and special events. 

Operating Season

Closed for the season

 

Goat Yard

Kids with kids! Get up close with the friendliest and furriest animals on the Zoo farm. All of our more than 30 Nigerian dwarf goats are even-tempered and wonderful with children.

Please remember to wash your hands after petting any Farm animals.

Operating Season

Closed for the season

 

Gorilla Trek Virtual Reality Experience

Visitors are transported to the forests of Rwanda to meet mountain gorillas face to magnificent face! This unique 4D experience features platform seating to take your adventure to the next level of virtual reality! Located in the Otto Borchert Family Special Exhibits Building behind Macaque Island.

For winter 2023-2024, a portion of the motion platform seating is now located in the Peck Welcome Center.

 

Operating Season

Year-round

Operating Times

Wednesday through Sunday, open to close

Admission

$6, with a $1 discount for Zoo Pass members

Kohl’s Wild Theater

It’s showtime! Professional performers use drama, songs, and puppetry to inspire the audience, big and old, to learn about our natural world.

Located in the Northwestern Mutual Family Farm

 

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Operating Season

Closed for the season

 

Wild Connections: Animal Encounter Tours

Your very own secret safari! Our up-close encounters with a variety of furry, feathered and finned animals let you go nose to whisker with some of our most popular residents. Get the secrets on animal care, adaptations, behaviors and even their favorite foods.

Operating Season

Year-round

Operating Times

Times vary

Admission

Tour fees vary

Zoo Expeditions sponsored by Meijer

Give your feet a rest and join us on our Expedition Shuttle. With five convenient stops around the Zoo, your favorite animals are a quick ride away! Visit the Meijer Zoo Expeditions Headquarters for more information.

Operating Season

Closed for the season

Zoo Playground

A real jungle gym! One of the more popular destinations we have, the Zoo Playground is divided into two age-appropriate sections (2-5 years & 6-12 years).

Operating Season

Year-round

Operating Times

Daily, open to close

Admission

Free