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Animal Encounters

An animal encounter is a private encounter for 1 - 6 people. It's an opportunity for you to engage and learn about an exotic animal here at the Sharkarosa Zoo.

Our Encounters

This is your chance to spend 15-20 minutes interacting, feeding, and just plain connecting with a lemur, reptile, skunk, or a sloth and gaining a memory to last a lifetime!

Encounters can be booked in our gift shop upon your arrival to the park.  We do not pre-book our encounters as animals are unpredictable and if we find it not in the animals’ best interest, then we will suspend that encounter for the day.

Sometimes weather plays a factor as well, so each morning we evaluate the day, and the individual animal, to make the decision as to whether or not the encounter is in the best interest of the animal.  The cost of your encounter experience is $100 in addition to your general admission ticket.

We have limited availability so we recommend that you arrive to the park early in order to book! Unfortunately, no encounter is ever guaranteed. We have listed below the animals that are currently involved in the Animal Encounter Program, but check in as this list is ever changing:

Sloth hanging at Sharkarosa Zoo
Lady with two Ruffed Lemurs

Ruffed Lemur

Sharkarosa is home to both black and white and red Ruffed Lemurs.  Lemurs are found only on the island of Madagascar and we are fortunate to provide a home for 14 of these beautiful creatures who are on the critically endangered list.  Book your encounter to enter their enclosure and spend the most memorable 15 minutes playing with lemurs!

Two-Toed Sloth

These guys are our most popular encounter!!  The two-toed sloth is indigenous to Central and South America. They are nocturnal and spend most of their time upside down!  Their hair actually is parted across their stomach and grows toward their back! They have grooved hair that allows algae to grow in it. This gives the sloth a natural forming camouflage in the forest.  We have a very successful sloth program here at the ranch.  We are fortunate that Jack and Janet, our adult pair, are parents to a newborn! Their almost three year old engages in our encounter program and loves to be fed yummy vegies during your encounter!

Little girl feeding Sloth during encounter
Rambo the Lizard at the Sharkarosa Zoo


Sharkarosa is home to a small number of reptiles but we are planning on changing that in the near future.  We are in the process of increasing our numbers with the addition of a reptile room for our guests to view.  In the meantime our reptiles can be seen during our shows or you can opt to enjoy an encounter.  We offer encounters with our Argentine Tegu (on a limited basis), Bearded Dragon, Madagascar Ground Boa, and Red-tailed Boa.


Sharkarosa is home to Elvis, our striped skunk.  Elvis was donated to the park from another facility.  He is an Omnivore but is a huge fan of his cheese and will ring his bell to get it!  Although he will posture as if he wants to spray he is all bluff!  Elvis does not have scent glands so he is quite pleasant to hang out with!  Who wouldn’t want to spend a little one on one time with this cutie pie?? 

Elivs the skunk looking at camera at the Sharkarosa Zoo

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Closed This Holiday Weekend

We will be closed this weekend to focus on the care of our animals. Thank you to all of our guests and supporters that have gifted the animals enrichment. Stay tuned to see them opening their gifts! 
We can’t wait to see you and your family next weekend when the weather will be nice and sunny!!