Add amazing moments to your day for just $15! ($10 for Zoo Members)

Reserve your spot now! Space is limited- encounters are once a day!


*Guests must be at least 5 years old for all encounters.

Animal Care Tour

1:30 p.m.
Taking care of our animals requires teamwork! Meet some of the many staff involved in our animals’ daily care like the team who create the diets for over 1,300 animals and the veterinary team who perform checkups from the smallest iguana to the largest elephant.

Ele-Fun Encounter

2:15 p.m.
Experience first-hand how our Animal Care Team utilize learned behaviors to ensure our African elephants are maintaining optimal health and welfare. Watch a training session, see our state-of-the-art elephant barn, and talk to the professionals about how we care for the largest land animal on earth.

Southern White Rhino

12:45 p.m.
Did you know white rhinos are the largest of 5 rhino species weighing up to 7,000 lbs.? Come experience the massive presence of this animal by getting up-close, and learn amazing facts from those who care for them at ZooTampa!

Waddle with the penguins

10:45 a.m.
Waddle on over to meet some fine-feathered friends and get a behind-the-scenes look at how we care for our African penguins. Meet the newest chicks in town and ask any penguin question you may have from our Animal Care Team.

Nose-to-Horn Rhino Encounter

3:00 p.m.
Get an up-close, unforgettable experience with a Greater one-horned rhino, commonly known as an Indian Rhino – a rare species vulnerable to extinction. During this once-in-a-lifetime experience, guests will feed and learn about this incredible species.

Aldabra Tortoise Encounter

11:30 a.m.
Did you know the Aldabra tortoise is second only to the Galapagos as the biggest land tortoise in the world? The Zoo gives you the chance to get up-close with these fascinating reptiles and spend time with the team that cares for these gentle giants.