Currently closed for winter 2020 zoo season updates coming soon

-Health & Safety Notice-

Southwick's Zoo is currently closed for the winter. Please be aware that, for the health and safety of our guests, employees, volunteers, and animals, we may postpone the opening of our 2020 season. We are closely monitoring the situation, and will post updates regarding our upcoming season as they are available.


Giraffe Encounters

NOTICE: Giraffe Encounters have ended for the 2019 season. Thank you to all of this year’s participants! These encounters will begin for the 2020 season around mid-May.

Weather Permitting: Giraffe encounters are available weekends from mid-May to mid-September as long as it is at least 60°F and not raining. If the weather looks questionable, please give us a call at 1-800-258-9182 to find out whether or not they are available that day.

Pricing and Availability

Giraffe encounter tickets are very limited and cannot be purchased or reserved in advance.

$20 per ticket Tickets often sell out, so we strongly recommend arriving early.


Saturdays, Sundays, & Holidays (Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day,)
*Giraffe encounters are available seasonally, typically mid-May to mid-September.

11:30 am
1:30 pm
3:30 pm

Note: The giraffe habitat is open daily during the season for all zoo visitors to view our giraffes.

Giraffe Encounters include a short presentation followed by the amazing experience of getting up close & personal to feed these beautiful creatures. Please do not try to touch or pet the giraffes during your encounter.

Tickets are limited for Giraffe Encounters and can be purchased at the Main Entrance of the Zoo (and on busy days at the Information Booth).  Giraffe Encounters cannot be reserved and are available on a first come, first serve basis.  We advise you to please purchase your tickets for Giraffe Encounters early on the day of your visit as they often sell out very quickly and we have a limited supply per each feeding.

Participant Age Guidelines:

  • Children ages 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult into the encounter area to help them hold their portion of browse.
  • Only one giraffe encounter ticket is required for a child aged 7 or under and the adult helping them. If encounter tickets are purchased for both the child and the assisting adult, then the child and adult will each receive one piece of browse.
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