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Ararat Ridge Zoo

Visit animals of all shapes and sizes at the Ararat Ridge Zoo! It’s fun for all ages and provides biblical teaching on the animal kingdom.

The zoo, petting area, kangaroo walkabout, and animal shows are included with Ark Encounter admission. Camel rides have an additional cost.

Animals from around the World

During your stroll through the Ararat Ridge Zoo, you’ll encounter mammals, birds, and reptiles from every corner of the planet. It’s perfect for the budding scientists or animal lovers in your family! Keep reading to learn more about our zoo activities and to meet some of our incredible animals.

Zoo Activities

Animal Shows

Animal Shows

Meet a variety of animal ambassadors up close during our daily animal shows! Learn what animal kinds are, why God created some animals with sharp teeth and claws, and how to be good stewards of nature during these 20-minute, family-friendly programs.

Camel Rides

Camel Rides

Imagine you’re living in biblical times by purchasing a ride on one of our dromedary camels during select times! Your camel will be safely led by one of our zoo staff, and you’ll learn why these creatures earned the nickname “ships of the desert.”

Kangaroo Walkabout

Kangaroo Walkabout

Hop on by the kangaroo walkabout to take a trip Down Under and meet our red kangaroo mob up close! During select times, you'll be able to walk through this exhibit to see the largest marsupials in the world with no barriers!

Petting Area

Petting Area

Be sure to stop by the petting area during select times to meet our friendly goat herd! They love interacting with children and adults of all ages. We have goats of every size, shape, and color that are excited to meet you!

Meet Our Animals

African Crowned Crane

African Crowned Crane

African Spurred Tortoise

African Spurred Tortoise

Aoudad Sheep

Aoudad Sheep

Binturong

Binturong

Coming Soon

Common Ostrich

Common Ostrich

Grant’s Zebra/Zebroid

Grant’s Zebra/Zebroid

Hoffmann’s Two-Toed Sloth

Hoffmann’s Two-Toed Sloth

Ring-Tailed Lemur

Ring-Tailed Lemur