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! Staff will walk all but the largest animals around the audience so you can see them face-to-face.

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.

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

Nov. 27, 2022

03:00p.m.

Nov. 27, 2022

06:45p.m.

Nov. 28, 2022

01:00p.m.

Nov. 29, 2022

01:00p.m.

Nov. 30, 2022

06:45p.m.

Dec. 1, 2022

01:00p.m.

Dec. 1, 2022

06:45p.m.

Dec. 2, 2022

01:00p.m.

Dec. 2, 2022

06:45p.m.

Dec. 3, 2022

01:00p.m.

Dec. 3, 2022

06:45p.m.

Dec. 4, 2022

03:00p.m.

Dec. 4, 2022

06:45p.m.

Dec. 7, 2022

06:45p.m.

Dec. 8, 2022

01:00p.m.

Dec. 8, 2022

06:45p.m.

Dec. 9, 2022

01:00p.m.

Dec. 9, 2022

06:45p.m.

Dec. 10, 2022

01:00p.m.

Dec. 10, 2022

06:45p.m.

Dec. 11, 2022

03:00p.m.

Dec. 11, 2022

06:45p.m.

Dec. 12, 2022

01:00p.m.

Dec. 13, 2022

01:00p.m.

Dec. 14, 2022

06:45p.m.

Dec. 15, 2022

01:00p.m.

Dec. 15, 2022

06:45p.m.

Dec. 16, 2022

01:00p.m.

Dec. 16, 2022

06:45p.m.

Dec. 17, 2022

01:00p.m.

Dec. 17, 2022

06:45p.m.

Dec. 18, 2022

03:00p.m.

Dec. 18, 2022

06:45p.m.

Dec. 19, 2022

01:00p.m.

Dec. 19, 2022

06:45p.m.

Dec. 20, 2022

01:00p.m.

Dec. 20, 2022

06:45p.m.

Dec. 21, 2022

06:45p.m.

Dec. 22, 2022

01:00p.m.

Dec. 22, 2022

06:45p.m.

Dec. 23, 2022

01:00p.m.

Dec. 23, 2022

06:45p.m.

Dec. 26, 2022

01:00p.m.

Dec. 26, 2022

06:45p.m.

Dec. 27, 2022

01:00p.m.

Dec. 27, 2022

06:45p.m.

Dec. 28, 2022

06:45p.m.

Dec. 29, 2022

01:00p.m.

Dec. 29, 2022

06:45p.m.

Dec. 30, 2022

01:00p.m.

Dec. 30, 2022

06:45p.m.

Dec. 31, 2022

01:00p.m.

Dec. 31, 2022

06:45p.m.