Ararat Ridge Zoo

Visit animals from around the world at the Ark Encounter’s Ararat Ridge Zoo and petting zoo area. The zoo is fun for the kids, with biblical teaching for all ages. Pet some friendly goats, and take a ride on a camel!

Your zoo visit is included with Ark Encounter admission; animal rides have additional cost.

Animals From Different Continents

You'll encounter exotic animals from around the world like sloths, kangaroos, zebras, ostriches, and tortoises!

Zoo Zebra

Biblical Teaching

Keeping with the nature of Ark Encounter, Ararat Ridge Zoo and petting zoo area is centered on a biblical theme and presents teaching material about the animals from a biblical worldview. The zoo is an excellent place to bring the budding scientist or animal lover in your family.

Petting Zoo

Hands-On Activities for Kids

Kids get a kick out of petting our goats. And our animals love the attention, too! Plus, maybe you’ll get to say hello to one of the zoo creatures when a zookeeper takes them out on a tour of the grounds.

Ride a Camel

Imagine you live in biblical times when you saddle up and ride on a camel. Suitable for both kids and adults. This safe and guided ride enhances your experience at Ark Encounter and gets your mind engaged to enjoy the rest of what the Ark has to offer.