Animal Encounters (Shows)

You never know what amazing animal ambassadors you’ll meet during our FREE daily live animal shows!

Animal Encounters

What Time Are the Animal Encounters?

Show times vary by season, so when you arrive, check your daily schedule to find the show themes, times, and locations. Shows last approximately 20 minutes.

Where Are Animal Encounters Located?

Shows typically take place at the Animal Actor Stage (in the Ararat Ridge Zoo), in the Answers Center, or at the Noah’s Village Stage. Please check your daily schedule for show locations.

What Animals Will I See?

Our animal ambassador collection includes a variety of insects, arachnids, lizards, snakes, tortoises, birds, and exotic mammals, so you never know what critters you’ll meet! Every show is different. Check your daily schedule to see what theme interests you the most or come to them all!

All programs involving live animals are subject to change due to weather, availability, or unforeseen circumstances. Thank you for understanding.

Can I Touch the Animals?

Touching is at the discretion of our zoo staff, but you are always welcome to take as many photos as you’d like!

What Types of Animal Encounter Shows Are There?

Amazing Animals

Come meet some incredible creatures from around the world up close and learn about God’s design in the animal kingdom!

Animals After the Ark

How did the animals spread throughout the world after Noah’s Flood? Discover the answers by encountering some amazing animals and learning about their created kinds.

Backyard Beasts

God made humans in his image and called us to be good stewards of creation. Encounter amazing animals to learn how we can glorify God by caring for pets and wildlife.

Biblical Beasts

From Genesis to Revelation, scriptures abound with animals! Explore how God has used animals to reveal himself and his plan for the world.

Character of the Creator

God reveals his glory through his creation. Discover more about our awesome God by meeting some of his crafted creatures!

Creature Feature

Meet a mystery animal up close while interacting with our zookeepers!

Predators and Prey

Why did a loving God create animals with claws, fangs, shells, spines, or toxins? Meet some hunters and defenders to discover the answer!

Sssensational Snakes

Are snakes really as scary, slimy, and sneaky as they say? Learn the sensational truth about some of God's most magnificent and misunderstood creations!

Dates and Times

April 17, 2024

01:00p.m.

April 18, 2024

01:00p.m.

April 19, 2024

01:00p.m.

April 20, 2024

01:00p.m.

April 20, 2024

04:30p.m.

April 22, 2024

01:00p.m.

April 23, 2024

01:00p.m.

April 24, 2024

01:00p.m.

April 25, 2024

01:00p.m.

April 26, 2024

04:30p.m.

April 27, 2024

01:00p.m.

April 27, 2024

04:30p.m.

April 29, 2024

01:00p.m.

April 30, 2024

01:00p.m.

May 1, 2024

01:00p.m.

May 1, 2024

01:15p.m.

May 2, 2024

01:00p.m.

May 2, 2024

01:15p.m.

May 3, 2024

01:15p.m.

May 4, 2024

01:15p.m.

May 6, 2024

12:15p.m.

May 6, 2024

02:15p.m.

May 6, 2024

03:15p.m.

May 6, 2024

04:15p.m.

May 7, 2024

12:15p.m.

May 7, 2024

02:15p.m.

May 7, 2024

03:15p.m.

May 7, 2024

04:15p.m.

May 8, 2024

12:15p.m.

May 8, 2024

02:15p.m.

May 8, 2024

03:15p.m.

May 8, 2024

04:15p.m.

May 9, 2024

12:15p.m.

May 9, 2024

02:15p.m.

May 9, 2024

04:15p.m.

May 10, 2024

12:15p.m.

May 10, 2024

02:15p.m.

May 10, 2024

04:15p.m.

May 11, 2024

12:15p.m.

May 11, 2024

02:15p.m.

May 11, 2024

04:15p.m.

May 13, 2024

12:15p.m.

May 13, 2024

02:15p.m.

May 13, 2024

03:15p.m.

May 13, 2024

04:15p.m.

May 14, 2024

12:15p.m.

May 14, 2024

02:15p.m.

May 14, 2024

03:15p.m.

May 14, 2024

04:15p.m.

May 15, 2024

12:15p.m.

May 15, 2024

02:15p.m.

May 15, 2024

03:15p.m.

May 15, 2024

04:15p.m.

May 16, 2024

12:15p.m.

May 16, 2024

02:15p.m.

May 16, 2024

03:15p.m.

May 16, 2024

04:15p.m.

May 17, 2024

12:15p.m.

May 17, 2024

02:15p.m.

May 17, 2024

03:15p.m.

May 17, 2024

04:15p.m.

May 18, 2024

12:15p.m.

May 18, 2024

02:15p.m.

May 18, 2024

03:15p.m.

May 18, 2024

04:15p.m.

May 20, 2024

12:15p.m.

May 20, 2024

02:15p.m.

May 20, 2024

03:15p.m.

May 20, 2024

04:15p.m.

May 21, 2024

12:15p.m.

May 21, 2024

02:15p.m.

May 21, 2024

03:15p.m.

May 21, 2024

04:15p.m.

May 22, 2024

12:15p.m.

May 22, 2024

02:15p.m.

May 22, 2024

03:15p.m.

May 22, 2024

04:15p.m.

May 23, 2024

12:15p.m.

May 23, 2024

02:15p.m.

May 23, 2024

03:15p.m.

May 23, 2024

04:15p.m.

May 24, 2024

12:15p.m.

May 24, 2024

02:15p.m.

May 24, 2024

03:15p.m.

May 24, 2024

04:15p.m.

May 25, 2024

12:15p.m.

May 25, 2024

02:15p.m.

May 25, 2024

03:15p.m.

May 25, 2024

04:15p.m.

May 26, 2024

03:15p.m.

May 27, 2024

12:15p.m.

May 27, 2024

02:15p.m.

May 27, 2024

03:15p.m.

May 27, 2024

04:15p.m.

May 28, 2024

12:15p.m.

May 28, 2024

02:15p.m.

May 28, 2024

03:15p.m.

May 28, 2024

04:15p.m.

May 29, 2024

12:15p.m.

May 29, 2024

02:15p.m.

May 29, 2024

03:15p.m.

May 29, 2024

04:15p.m.

May 30, 2024

12:15p.m.

May 30, 2024

02:15p.m.

May 30, 2024

03:15p.m.

May 30, 2024

04:15p.m.

May 31, 2024

12:15p.m.

May 31, 2024

02:15p.m.

May 31, 2024

03:15p.m.

May 31, 2024

04:15p.m.