Animal Encounters

An experience you'll never forget!

At Dade City's Wild Things we strive to bring you close to the animals. We offer animal encounters as an addition to any of our tours or packages. You may also schedule a private encounter, where you will get one on one time with the animal of your choice. You may choose an encounter with any of the animals listed below.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED! Book your encounter below; then phone us at 352-567-WILD (9453) to reserve a date and time!

CLASS A ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS
$19.99 per person per animal

• Tiger Cub
• Lynx
• Bobcat
• Rhesus Monkey
• Zebra
• Feed a Lemur

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NEW! BIG CAT FEEDING
$19.99 per person per cat

Have you ever longed to look in to a Tigers eyes just inches away from you, or wanted to get close enough to be able to see the fangs of a jaguar? Now is your chance to get closer than you ever imagined to these beautiful animals! Get yourself or a loved one the chance to meet our Tigers, lions, jaguars, leopards or panthers under the watchful eye of one of their keepers. Its a bone-crunching wild time you will never forget.

When you personally feed these breathtaking Siberian or Bengal tigers, jaguars, panthers, leopards or lions you'll gain a new appreciation for how big these cats really are from a mere 3 feet away. Witness the power and majesty of these predators up close, in a way you never imagined possible.

Having these Big Cats use to target training also assist keepers in keeping a close eye on these awesome animals for medical purposes.

You can book one of these group Big Cat Feedings for your selected cat to take place after one of our tours. Cost is $19.99 per animal per person and includes 5 pieces of meat. For $2.50 more you can add an egg feeding. (Yes you heard right. . . big cats love eggs).

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CLASS B ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS
$11.99 per person per animal

• Feed a Buffalo
• Feed a Monkey
• Feed a Bear
• Bearded Dragon
• Fawn
• Gator
• Gator Hatchlings
• Pot-Bellied Piglet
• Coyote
• Ball Python

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PRIVATE ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS
If you prefer to have a private animal encounter, select an option below. Price includes photos of your experience.* Book your encounter online; then phone us at 352-567-WILD (9453) to reserve a date and time!

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Would you like to add an additional guest to one of the above private animal encounters? Click the button below.
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ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE:
Swim with a Tiger
Swim with a Gator

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• Fossil Dig - $3.00 (keep 3 fossils)
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Contact us now to schedule a private encounter, or visit our Tours & Packages page to bundle an encounter with a tour.

NOTICE! The time of an animal encounter may need to be adjusted or delayed when an animal has become overstimulated or needs rest or playtime. If you schedule an encounter, please be patient. Animals do not understand human schedules. We always put the well-being of our animals first. Due to an animal's age or its temperament at the time of an encounter, we cannot guarantee that on any encounter you will be able to hold the animal. With patience we will give you the best encounter possible and assure the well-being of our animals.

*Please note that the taking of photos or recording of videos is not permitted on our tours or during encounters due to time constraints. In the past, some guests with cameras or recording devices have not followed directions, resulting in interference and delays. To provide a better experience for our guests and the animals, a zoo employee will be present to take photos of any hands-on animal encounters. These photos can be purchased through our website. Photos are included free of charge when booking an All Access Family Pass, Private Animal Encounter, Tiger Swim or Gator Swim.