Note: Additional dates are added as the zoo season progresses. If there is a particular day you would like to do an encounter that is not on the schedule, please contact Betsey Brewer at email@example.com.
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to scratch a rhino behind the ears?
Meet our southern white rhinos, Thelma and Louise, up close and personal! We are working with EARTH Ltd. to give our visitors a unique way to learn more about rhino conservation. All proceeds from rhino encounters support rhinoceros conservation. In 2017, we raised over $23,000 through encounters and 100% of the proceeds were donated to Project Rhino!
Rhino encounters last about an hour in total. Participants first watch a brief video about rhinoceros conservation. After this brief video, participants are brought to the encounter area where they get to meet and touch our white rhinos, Thelma and Louise.
*Spots are limited and must be reserved online at least 24 hours in advance. Zoo passes, coupons, discounts, or other offers cannot be applied to the price of rhino encounters.
Non-member: $119 (+ $7.04 processing fee) EARTH Member: $99 (+ $7.04 processing fee)
Note to members: To receive your member discount, click “enter promotional code” when you register. Your code is the first 5 letters of your last name + the first 2 letters of your first name. Example: John Smith’s code would be SMITHJO. If your last name is fewer than 5 letters, just use your full last name + the first 2 letters of your first name, Jane Doe’s code would be DOEJA.
Includes: Admission to the zoo for the day and an encounter with our two white rhinos.
Please meet us at 9:00am in front of the zoo's main entrance the day of your encounter. Rhino encounters take place before the zoo opens for the day, and only registered and paid participants can enter the zoo during the encounter. If others in your party are joining you to visit the zoo after your encounter, please plan to meet them inside the entrance around 10:00am-10:30am.
Rhino Encounter participants must be at least 12 years of age. Those under 18 must also be accompanied by a paid adult.
Only registered and paid rhino encounter participants are allowed into the encounter area.
We suggest wearing comfortable closed-toe shoes. We DO NOT recommend wearing flip flops or sandals.
Cancellation/Reschedule Policy: If you need to cancel your encounter, we require at least 1 week’s notice for full refund. If you need to reschedule to another date, please contact us at least 1 week in advance with a new desired date. We cannot reschedule encounters to a date that does not have an appropriate number of openings remaining, so please check the list of dates on the registration page first.
If poor weather is predicted for the day of your encounter, you may reschedule to another date. In this case, please try to contact us with a new date as early as possible to reschedule.