Animal Encounters

BEHIND THE SCENE TOUR

Experience a unique fun-filled “Behind-the-Scenes” tour at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park with one of our expert educators.

Through this walking tour you will be invited to go behind the glass and take part in up-close animal experiences. You will have the opportunity to touch, feed, and see exclusive ambassador animals as you 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

No minimum number of guests required to book but maximum of 6. For groups over 6 guests please call to book. 

Galapagos Tortoise Encounter

Come spend the morning with some of the oldest residents at the St Augustine Alligator Farm! Take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity to come face to face with the largest terrestrial turtles in the world.

In this encounter you will enter the habitat of our tortoises while you learn about the importance of this species, and their unique home the Galapagos Islands. In this 15 to 20 minute encounter you will get a chance to feel what a 100-year old tortoises shell feels like as you have this unforgettable moment captured with your own camera, or upgrade your encounter to have the memory commemorated with a one of a kind Alligator Farm photo experience.

PRICING & BOOKING

$25 per person (does not include admission)

Upgrade your Encounter and have our staff commemorate your encounter with a flashdrive of images you can take home. Additional $15 per person. To add this option please alter our staff upon checking in at the park.

Tours offered Tuesdays – Sundays at 11:00am

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

 

No minimum number of guests required to book but maximum of 6. For groups over 6 guests please call to book.

 

Galapagos Tortoise

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!

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 staff facilitates your feeding of our sloths 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

$50 per person
(Maximum 4 guests, does not include admission)
Encounters offered:
Thursday-Sunday – 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.

CLICK HERE to reserve your spot

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. ll guests will be required to wear a mask when entering the habitat. No exceptions.
  • 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.

 

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 the feeding session from our elevated platform that will give you a new perspective to our top predator.

*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)
Encounters offered:
Saturday at 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. This encounter does require all participants to be able to walk up a set of stairs leading to the feeding platform.

A minimum of 24 hour notice required to book.

CLICK HERE to reserve your spot

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