We'll bring the Zoo to you!

The Zoo's outreach team travels all over Pierce County and surrounding areas. We would love to introduce you to some of our Animal Ambassadors! We'll travel to schools, retirement homes, community centers, libraries and more.

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Animal Encounters

Get up close and personal experience with 2 or 3 of our Animal Ambassadors. Depending on the number of animals requested, an encounter can engage participants for 30-45 minutes. We can only accommodate participants ages 4 and up.

Limited to 30 participants per program and 4 programs per day.

Wildlife Lessons

Looking for a more structured program? Wildlife Lessons are 45-60 minutes and include fun animal information built around an educational theme, an encounter with one live animal, and a chance for participants to examine animal biofacts such as skulls and pelts. Learn more about our Wildlife Lessons.

Note: Each Wildlife Lesson includes one Animal Encounter. Limited to 30 participants per program and 4 programs per day.

"Zoo to You" programs support the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) with a focus on adaptations and conservation.

"Zoo to You" program offerings are currently under review. You will be contacted if we cannot accommodate your request.

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Animal Ambassadors

  • North American Opossum
  • Southern Three-banded Armadillo
  • Madagascar Radiated Tortoise
  • Burrowing Owl
  • Prehensile-tailed Skink (Lizard)
  • Blue-tongued Skink (Lizard)
  • Madagascar Tomato Frog
  • Poison Arrow Frog
  • Madagascar Hissing Cockroach
  • Giant African Millipede
  • Domestic Fancy Rat                   

Special Requests

Please contact us at reserve@pdza.org for information regarding pricing and availability for:

    • School assemblies
    • Street fairs
    • An Animal Encounter with an animal not listed above

Fees - Same Site/Same Day

 Animal Encounters

  • In Pierce County
    • $125 for two animals
    • $60 each additional encounter
    • $150 for three animals
    • $70 each additional encounter
  • Outside of Pierce County
    • Add $25

Wildlife Lessons

  • In Pierce County
    • $125 for one program
    • $60 each additional program
    • $25 for an additional animal
  • Outside of Pierce County
    • $150 for one program
    • $70 each additional program
    • $25 for an additional animal
    A $3.00 processing fee will be added to your total. Additional fees may apply for special requests.