IN TOUCH  with the wild

Have you ever wondered what an armadillo's armor feels like--or the skin of a sleek stingray? How prickly is a hedgehog, anyway? Discover new animals up close at the Zoo all summer long at our enhanced Close Encounter opportunities. Pick up a Zoo map at the front gate to check the Animal Presentations schedule and see what's happening during your visit!

Touch an Animal Ambassador
Monday-Friday, 2:30 pm
Come face-to-face with an Animal Ambassador near the Red Wolf Picnic Area. You might touch an armadillo, hedgehog, iguana, millipede, snake... or many others!

Meet different animals every day of the week:

  • Marvelous Mondays with Lizards
  • Terrific Tuesdays with Turtles
  • Weird & Wonderful Wednesdays
  • Thrilling Thursdays with Snakes
  • Fantastic Fridays with Mammals

Meet an Aardvark
Fridays at 1:30 pm (weather dependent)
Meet an awesome aardvark during a Close Encounter near the Muskoxen exhibit in Arctic Tundra.
Feed a Bird
Mon-Fri, 10:30 am-2 pm
Sat-Sun, 10:30 am-1 pm & 2-5
Stroll through the open-air Budgie Buddies exhibit and feed the friendly and colorful budgies with a seed stick.
Feel a Sea Star & More
Daily, 10 am-4 pm
Visit the Marine Discovery Center in the North Pacific Aquarium to touch a sea star or sea urchin, take part in a squid dissection, make a fun art project and learn how we can all protect Puget Sound habitats.

Touch Stingrays and Sharks
Daily, 10 am-1 pm & 2-5 pm
Feel the velvety skin of a stingray or the sandpaper-like skin of a small shark at Stingray Cove. Learn all about these cartilaginous cousins in the tropical Lagoon exhibit of the South Pacific Aquarium.

Dive with Sharks

Thursday-Monday, times vary
There's no experience quite like an Eye-to-Eye Shark Dive. Descend into a 240,000-gallon warm water shark tank in the South Pacific Aquarium while learning all about sharks. Registration is required.