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 - NEW!
Saturday & Sunday, 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 an Aardvark
Fridays at 2:30 pm (weather dependent)
Meet an awesome aardvark during a Close Encounter near the Muskoxen exhibit in Arctic Tundra.
Feed a Bird
Daily, 11 am-3 pm
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, 11 am-3 pm
Visit the Marine Discovery Center 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-12:30 pm & 1-4 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 and learn about the conservation of these beautiful animals. Online registration is required.