Animal Encounters

BEHIND THE SCENE TOUR

EXPERIENCE A UNIQUE FUNFILLED “BEHIND-THE-SCENES” TOUR AT THE ST. AUGUSTINE ALLIGATOR FARM ZOOLOGICAL PARK WITH ONE OF OUR EXPERT EDUCATORS.

Through this up-close walking tour you will be invited to take part in many up-close animal experiences, learn
about some of your favorite animal’s care, and even get the opportunity to touch, feed or see exclusive animal
training sessions. As you tour and learn all about the global conservation efforts the Alligator Farm is a part of, you may even cross paths with some of our expert keepers and animal ambassadors!

PRICING & BOOKING

$10 per person
(does not include admission)
Tours offered:
Tuesdays-Sundays
at 12:30pm and 3:30pm

Children two and under are not permitted during encounters or tours. All participants must be paying guests or members of the Alligator Farm, or must receive permission from the St Augustine Alligator Farm’s Education Department, in order to participate.

A minimum of 24 hour notice required to book.

CLICK HERE to reserve your spot

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No minimum number of guests required to book but maximum of 12. For groups over 12 guests please call to book
Extras: Add a Galapagos Tortoise encounter to your tour! For $10 per person, get up close and personal with some of our oldest living residents!

Rainforest Sloth Encounter

IN THIS REMARKABLE ENCOUNTER, YOU’LL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO INTERACT WITH TWO OF THE ZOO’S MOST CHARISMATIC MAMMALS—OUR HOFFMAN’S TWO-TOED SLOTHS, TEDDY AND GRIZZLY!

These sloths came to the Alligator Farm in the summer of 2019 after a long tenure at Busch Gardens in Tampa, where they were the parents to many baby sloths. No longer in their reproductive years, the couple has retired at the Alligator Farm. The Rainforest Sloth Encounter places you up close and personal with the sloths, even providing opportunities to touch these shy animals. A short introduction will provide an overview of the species’ habitats, behaviors, and diet, and you’ll also learn about the conservation work being done at the Alligator Farm to protect sloths throughout the world. You’ll then have a 15 to 20-minute physical encounter with the sloths, as our keepers attempt to feed Teddy and Grizzly their favorite fruits and veggies.

*You are strongly encouraged to read about Hoffman’s two-toed sloths before your Rainforest Sloth Encounter to make the most of your experience. Photography is permitted and encouraged, but no food or drink are allowed in the Rainforest Sloth Encounter. Participants must stay with our zookeepers and educators at all times in order to ensure the health and safety of our animals.

PRICING & BOOKING

$40 per person
(Maximum 4 guests, does not include admission)
Tours offered:
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
2.30pm

Children two and under are not permitted during encounters or tours. All participants must be paying guests or members of the Alligator Farm, or must receive permission from the St Augustine Alligator Farm’s Education Department, in order to participate.

A minimum of 24 hour notice required to book.



RAINFOREST SLOTH ENCOUNTERS TO RESUME JUNE 1, 2020

The Alligator Farm has safely resumed operations at the beginning of May and are continuing to do so following all guidelines laid out by the state of Florida and the CDC. We are happy to announce, after much deliberation with our veterinarians at the University of Florida, we are now able to resume the Rainforest (sloth) Encounters beginning June 1st. If you have already booked or rescheduled an encounter, there is no need to reconfirm, and we look forward to seeing you soon! If you are interested in booking a future encounter, please visit our ticketing page to reserve your spot today.

CLICK HERE to reserve your spot



RAINFOREST SLOTH ENCOUNTERS GUIDELINES EFFECTIVE JUNE 1, 2020

In following our veterinarian’s recommendations to keep our animals healthy, we are requiring all guests who participate in the encounter to follow these simple guidelines:
1. All guests will be required to wear a mask when entering the habitat. No exceptions. The Alligator Farm WILL provide those participating in the encounter their own mask.
2. All guests will be required to wash their hands immediately prior to the encounter. Our staff will ask your entire party to visit the restrooms before to do so.
3. Your party will then be asked to use hand sanitizer when debriefing inside the habitat.


We look forward to seeing you all soon. If you have any questions please contact the Education Department at education@alligatorfarm.com

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MAXIMO ENCOUNTER

IN THIS DRAMATIC ENCOUNTER, YOU’LL HAVE AN UP-CLOSE VIEW OF MAXIMO’S INCREDIBLE FEEDING PROCESS, AS THE 15-FOOT, 1,250-POUND CROC LEAPS FROM THE WATER TO RETRIEVE HIS DINNER!

A saltwater crocodile, or “Saltie” as his species is called in Australia, Maximo hatched from an egg collected by aborigines along an Australian riverbank. He was brought to the Alligator Farm in 2003, and since then has been the zoo’s largest and most beloved Saltie. During the Maximo encounter, you will be permitted to accompany our zookeepers and educators atop Maximo’s feeding platform, where
you’ll hear a short presentation about saltwater crocodiles’ diets, behaviors, and habitats, and about the role the Alligator Farm plays in their conservation. You’ll then experience a 15 to 20-minute feeding session that will bring you closer to Maximo than you’ve ever imagined!

*You are strongly encouraged to read about Saltwater Crocodiles before your Maximo Encounter to make the most of your experience. Photography is permitted and encouraged, but no food or drink are allowed in the Maximo Encounter. Participants must stay with our zookeepers and educators at all times in order to ensure the health and safety of our animals.

PRICING & BOOKING

$20 per person
(Maximum 6 guests, does not include admission)
Tours offered:
Saturday.
12.00pm

Children two and under are not permitted during encounters or tours. All participants must be paying guests or members of the Alligator Farm, or must receive permission from the St Augustine Alligator Farm’s Education Department, in order to participate.

A minimum of 24 hour notice required to book.

CLICK HERE to reserve your spot

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