PRIVATE ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS offer memorable experiences!


    Interact with at least three of our scaly Animal Ambassadors. Take photos in the Reptile Room, closed to the public during your session.  Each guest can  hold one animal; and your group will help staff offer an Animal Ambassador a snack! 

    1-6 people           15 minutes         $30 
    6-10 people         20 minutes         $45

    (More than 10 people must split into two encounters, or request party information.)


    Interact with at least three of our feathered Animal Ambassadors! Take photos, each person may take photo holding a parrot. One complimentary bag of pistachio treats for parrots in outdoor enclosures. 

    1-4 people           20 minutes       $45
    5-7 people           25 minutes       $50
    8-10 people        30 minutes        $65


    Interactive walk-through tour featuring our resident parrots.  This is a 25-minute encounter, mostly outdoors.  Two pistachio treat bags included in this package. 

    1-10 people        25 minutes        $45 

    *Individual photos holding a parrot can be added for $5 per person.  This would increase the time of the encounter by several minutes, and possibly take place indoors.  You may add this option at the time of encounter.


    ***Prices are for groups, plus Gardens admission per person. 
    *** $5 discount on package for Gardens members.
    ***Please schedule & pay minimum 24 hours ahead.
    ***Limited spots available each day.
    ***Maximize your time, please have hands & arms clean & free of insect repellants, sunscreens. 
    ***Bring cameras, be ready to learn and have some fun!

    Scheduling, or questions:, or 361-852-2100.

All guests must abide by CDC recommendations regarding wearing a mask or face covering. *We are limiting indoor encounters to 6 guests who are in your household.  We will have 2-3 staff present as well, and will wear masks at all times.  Staff will be available to take photos. *Children must be able to follow animal care staff’s directions in order to hold or pet the animals for their safety and the animals’ safety.   Children may be asked to sit on a stool or the floor to hold some of the animals.  Due to the close proximity needed to pet and hold the animals, staff may need to make contact with hands. Hand sanitizer and wipes are available and encouraged.  Please keep in mind that anything with a mouth CAN bite, but we would not allow the interaction if we thought there was that potential, therefore we must make our animals feel safe and comfortable at all times. Our Animal Ambassadors are under care of  DVM at all times.