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Summary

Maximize your spring break staycation activities and visit Sustainable Safari®. The Safari features wildlife from all over the world. Sustainable Safari® has over 98 species available to view and interact with at the Maplewood Mall.

Sustainable Safari® Staycation Spring Break 2024

The ultimate staycation guide to Sustainable Safari®

“Travel” to Africa, Asia, Australia, South America, and beyond at Sustainable Safari® for Spring Break 2024

Maximize your spring break staycation activities and visit Sustainable Safari®. The Safari features wildlife from all over the world. Sustainable Safari® has over 98 species available to view and interact with at the Maplewood Mall.

Staycation Spring Break 2024 at Sustainable Safari

Browse by the Animal Species Location:


What’s included with admission?

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Admission Ticket Pricing

Adult$16.50 Child – $16.50

All paid-entry receive:

ALL DAY Safari Entry FREE Same Day Re-entry

Includes $2.00 Feed Cup

Kids 4 & Under FREE (Daycares have special pricing. Contact us through this form.)

$2.00 OFF: Seniors, Military, First Responders, Educators *Must bring official ID 

No reservations are required for regular admission. Purchase your tickets at the door.

Safari Location & Hours

Sustainable Safari® at Maplewood Mall
3001 White Bear Avenue N,
Maplewood, MN 55109

We are located on the 2nd Floor at the southwest end of the Mall. Park in Kohl’s upper-level parking lot and enter Maplewood Mall door #2.

Safari Hours:
Sunday 12 pm-6 pm
Monday 11 am-7 pm
Tuesday 11 am-7 pm
Wednesday 11 am-7 pm
Thursday 11 am-7 pm
Friday 11 am-7 pm
Saturday 11 am-7 pm

We are closed on the following federal holidays so our animals and employees can enjoy their time off with their families. Easter Sunday, 4th of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

wheelchair accessible Sustainable Safari and the Maplewood Mall entrances are wheelchair accessible.


Field Trip, Birthday Parties, and Large Groups

Plan your event at Sustainable Safari!

  • Pricing: Special Discounted Pricing for field trips starts at 20 people. Your field trip must be at least 20 people to receive discounted admission. Field trips for schools, daycare centers, senior living, and non-profits: with a group of 20 or more, your tickets are discounted $2 per ticket, from $16.50 to $14.50 each.
  • Please Note: We do not have a party room.
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Safari Rules & Checklist

Part of going on an authentic safari is being prepared. Check off this list before heading on your safari!

  • no open shoes icon. Closed shoes are required. Animal experiences take you into the animal exhibit.
  • Please wash your hands before and after petting the animals. There are hand washing stations throughout the Safari.
  • Food is not allowed past the front desk for the safety of all guests and animals. An admission ticket grants all-day access to Sustainable Safari®. We stamp your hand for easy re-entry.
  • Plan your day-trip meal around the Safari. The food court at Maplewood Mall has plenty of options, or check out the surrounding dining options.
bright blue hand washing station with foot pump, soap, paper towel dispenser and trash bin.

Common Marmoset

Available Animal Species

Animal species available at Sustainable Safari® now through spring 2024.

Africa

African Animal Species:

African hedgehogAfrican Hedgehog

MAP Location: Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.

AT THE SAFARI: The African hedgehog can be viewed with admission. Hedgehogs are nocturnal, so look carefully for the sleeping hog near the alligator exhibit.

hedgehog in woodchip bedding

African PorcupineAfrican porcupine

MAP Location: Italy, North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, Sicily, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Ghana, Libya, and Egypt.

AT THE SAFARI: The African porcupines can be viewed and fed with admission. They are located on the south side of the safari between the goat and grison exhibits.

no open shoes icon.

For all experiences and feedings that bring you into the animal’s exhibit, closed shoes are required. (No open-toed shoes, sandals, flip-flops, or crocs.)

woman feeding a porcupine

Ball PythonBall python

Map Location: Senegal, Ghana, Chad, Sudan, Cameroon, and Uganda.

AT THE SAFARI: Ball pythons are available to view at Sustainable Safari® with admission in the center of the safari in the “Hissing Booth” tank area.

  • With the help of a Safari Guide, Snake holdings are available ($5, Ages 5+). Ball pythons are non-venomous, and our friendly animal ambassadors, Freddy and Barney, the ball pythons are ready to meet you!
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KusimanseKusimanse

Map Location: Ghana, Ivory Coast, Benin, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

At the Safari: Kusimanse are available to view with admission near the safari entrance. These mongoose relatives are small and adorable. Look for them running in their tubes along the Malaysian binturong exhibit or climbing their bridge platforms behind the front of the Muntjac deer exhibit.

cuddling kusimanse

ring-tailed lemurRing-tailed Lemur

Map Location: Southwestern Madagascar.

At the Safari: The ring-tailed lemur can be viewed with admission near the back of the safari. These lesser primates live in groups and communicate through loud howls.

  • Feed them up close by hand with a Safari Guide during the specialized Lemur Feeding ($10, Ages 10+).
mother and daughter viewing a lemur looking back at them through a screen

Thomson's gazelleThomson’s gazelle

Map Location: Kenya and Tanzania.

At the Safari: Our Thomson’s gazelle named Tommy is available to view, pet, and feed with admission at the safari for the season. His exhibit is on the north side of the safari with our capybara named Uno.

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Asia

Asian Animal Species:

BinturongBinturong/Bearcat

Map Location: Northeast India, Bangladesh, Malay Peninsula, Borneo, and the Philippines.

At the Safari: With admission, you can view the binturong up close in their exhibit and notice they smell like popcorn! There are two species of binturong on exhibit at the Safari. The Malaysian binturong, Burt, is near the front of the safari in the middle. The Palawan binturong siblings, Handsome and Greta, are near the back of the safari, between the Guinea pigs and ring-tailed lemurs. Look up, as they are arboreal or tree-dwelling creatures!

  • With the binturong experience ($25, Ages 10+), pet and hand-feed these beautiful and curious cat-bear-like creatures in the binturong exhibit.

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For all experiences and feedings that bring you into the animal’s exhibit, closed shoes are required. (No open-toed shoes, sandals, flip-flops, or crocs.)

binturong looking at the camera

Goat (Pygmy)

Map Location: Goats originated from Southwest Asia and can now be found worldwide!

AT THE SAFARI: Look high and low for our goat families on their floor-to-ceiling-high exhibits! Goats love climbing and jumping to high places. There are goat pulleys to place food in and lift it to their second-story platform. On each side of the Safari are goats to feed and pet with admission.

  • Hold a baby goat ($5, ages 5+) with the help of a Safari Guide and see how cuddly they can be.
Woman holding a baby goat

Muntjac deerMuntjac deer

Map Location: India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Vietnam, the Indonesian islands, Taiwan and Southern China.

AT THE SAFARI: Eddie, the muntjac deer, is on exhibit in the middle section of the safari near the front. Eddie’s favorites are apples and lettuce. With admission, you can interact with and feed Eddie from your animal feed cup.

Eddie the Muntjac Deer

Victoria-crowned pigeon

Map Location:  Papua New Guinea (in Indonesia).

At the Safari: With admission, the Victoria-crowned pigeon is available for viewing only next to the bunny rabbit exhibit. They are considered the largest pigeon species in the world!

  • Meet and hand-feed the Victoria-crowned pigeon only with the Feed Me Pouch Package ($65+Admission, Ages 10+).
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Australia

Australia/Oceania Animal Species:

ParakeetParakeet

Map Location: Sri Lanka, Australia, Pacific Islands, and Southeast Asia.

At the Safari: Hand-feed a flock of parakeets with an optional $4 Tree House seed stick. (Entering the parakeet exhibit is free with admission.) The Tree House is made of multiple animal exhibits. Exist among the parakeets, frogs, and other species inside The Tree House experience (All Ages).

family hand-feeding parakeets

red kangarooRed kangaroo

Map Location: Australia

At the Safari: With admission, the adult red kangaroos are available to feed with your complimentary feed cup.

  • Meet the baby kangaroos (joeys) with the assistance of a Safari Guide during a kangaroo holding ($10, Ages 5+) to experience these adorable marsupials up close.
Kangaroo Holding

sugar glider spriteSugar Glider

Map Location: New Guinea and Australia

At the Safari: With admission, the sugar gliders can be viewed near the cashier window. These adorable fuzzy marsupials live in groups. Look closely to find them in their nest pouches.

Sugar glider eating from a heart-shaped bowl

Europe

European Animal Species:

Flemish giant rabbitContinental giant rabbit

Map Location: Originates from the Flemish Giant Rabbit from Belgium/Germany.

AT THE SAFARI: Giant and Rex rabbits are available to view and feed with admission. They are located in the middle of the safari next to the prehensile porcupine exhibit.

no open shoes icon.

For all experiences and feedings that bring you into the animal’s exhibit, closed shoes are required. (No open-toed shoes, sandals, flip-flops, or crocs.)

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North America

North American Species:

American alligatorAmerican alligator

Map Location: South + Southeast United States – Florida, Texas, Louisiana, North and South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama.

At the Safari: The American alligators are available to view with admission. The alligator pool is near the back of the safari between the iguana and capybara exhibit.

Alligator feeding

Prairie dogPrairie dog

Map Location: Western United States – Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming.

At the Safari: The prairie dogs are located near the back of the Safari next to the armadillo exhibit. Feed the prairie dogs with our clever “fishing pole” feeding station, which is included with admission. These rodents live in groups and are extremely social critters.

prairie dog feeding

Hairy armadilloHairy armadillo

Map Location: Southern United States – Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama, and Florida.

At the Safari: Armadillos are available for viewing only. Ask a safari team member for assistance petting the armadillo ambassadors. These solitary ground-dwelling creatures have hard outer armor made of keratin, the same material our fingernails are made of!

pet an armadillo

Central and South America

South American/Central American Animal Species:

capybaraCapybara

Map Location: Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Peru, Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, and Uruguay.

At the Safari: Capybaras are located near the back or west end of Sustainable Safari®.

  • Meet our proud Capybara ambassadors. Enter the capybara exhibit and hand-feed the world’s largest rodent during the Capybara experience ($10, Ages 5+.)

no open shoes icon.

For all experiences and feedings that bring you into the animal’s exhibit, closed shoes are required. (No open-toed shoes, sandals, flip-flops, or crocs.)

capybara experience at Sustainable Safari

Guinea Pig

Map Location: Peru, highland Bolivia, northwestern Argentina, and northeastern Chile.

At the Safari: Guinea Pig Village is located near the back or west end of Sustainable Safari®. These adorable rodents are social and live in groups.

  • Enter the Guinea Pig Village exhibit and hand-feed the village residents during the Guinea pig experience ($5, Ages 5+.)
no open shoes icon.

For all experiences and feedings that bring you into the animal’s exhibit, closed shoes are required. (No open-toed shoes, sandals, flip-flops, or crocs.)

girl sitting with a group of guinea pigs in a small village

Prehensile-tailed Porcupine

Map Location: South American forests of Venezuela, Guiana, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, Trinidad, and some extreme northern sections of Argentina.

At the Safari: The prehensile-tailed porcupine is on exhibit in the middle of the safari next to the bunny rabbit exhibit. You can view these exciting creatures with admission.

  • Meet and hand-feed the prehensile-tailed porcupine only with the Feed Me Pouch Package ($65+Admission, Ages 10+).
prehensile porcupine

Red-tailed Boa Constrictor

Map Location: Colombia south to northern Argentina.

At the Safari: The red-tailed boas are located near the middle of Sustainable Safari® in the “Hissing Booth” for viewing with admission.

  • Hold one of the giant non-venomous snakes with the assistance of a Safari Guide: large snake holding ($10, Ages 10+)
large snake holding

marmosetMarmoset

Map Location: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, and Peru.

At the Safari: Meet our playful marmoset ambassadors through their viewing-only exhibit. They are located in the center of the safari. The marmoset is a highly social animal, forming family units of 2-15 individuals.

close-up-of-a-marmoset's-face

Red-footed Tortoise

Map Location: South America from Panama to Argentina.

At the Safari: These gentle creatures are available to view with admission. They are in the middle of the safari inside the sloth exhibit and near the “Hissing Booth.”

  • Hold a tortoise ($5, Ages 5+) is available for an up-close experience with the assistance of a Safari Guide.
tortoise holding

Two-toed Sloth

Map Location: Central America and northern South America, including portions of Brazil and Peru.

At the Safari: Meet our two-toed sloth, Jennifer Slo-pez. She is available for viewing with admission in the middle of the safari. These interesting creatures are only awake for up to four hours a day!

  • Meet her up close and feed her only with the Guided Safari Tour!
Sloth hanging from a branch with a bowl of food in the background

tayra Tayra

Map Location: Central and South America. It ranges from Mexico south to Bolivia and northern Argentina and also on the island of Trinidad.

At the Safari: Cain the Tayra is available to view with admission in the middle of the Safari. Look high, look low! Cain’s exhibit is between the marmoset and the Malaysian binturong exhibit. His exhibit also extends around the top of the middle section of the Safari. You will see him running down the long tunnels near the ceiling!

  • Feed Cain from outside his exhibit by dropping a carnivore egg ($1.75 ea. or 4/$5) down a convenient food tube.

Cain the tayra


Extras at the Safari

a young boy holding a small ball python - small snake holding at Sustainable Safari

Animal Interaction Tokens: Extras

With paid admission, you can interact with most species. Purchase Extra Holdings, Feedings, or Experiences with our animal ambassadors and the assistance of a Safari Guide.

$5-$25 (+Admission) Per person
Age requirements vary.

no open shoes icon.

For all experiences and feedings that bring you into the animal’s exhibit, closed shoes are required. (No open-toed shoes, sandals, flip-flops, or crocs.)

Pouch Package Bag with Tokens

Save with Pouch Packages

Explore the Safari at your own pace, with multiple animal interactions for the whole family! Meet our critters with the Pouch Packages.

There are four options to choose from!

$25-$130 (+Admission) Per person
(Ages 5-10+)

No open shoes. Closed shoes are required.

Experience all the Extras at the Safari

Spend 90 minutes behind the scenes and explore the Safari with our Safari Tour Guides! Up-close, exclusive, and specialized feedings, holdings, and experiences.

$180 (+Admission) Per person
(Ages 10+)

no open shoes icon.

For all experiences and feedings that bring you into the animal’s exhibit, closed shoes are required. (No open-toed shoes, sandals, flip-flops, or crocs.)


Sustainable Safari’s most frequently asked questions. Click on the arrow to see the answer to each question.

How much is admission?

Adult – $16.50 Child – $16.50

All paid-entry receive:

  • ALL DAY Safari Entry FREE Same Day Re-entry
  • Includes $2.00 Feed Cup
  • Kids 4 & Under FREE
  • $2.00 OFF: Seniors, Military, First Responders, Educators *Must bring official ID
When is Sustainable Safari® open?

Safari Hours:
Sunday 12 pm-6 pm
Monday 11 am-7 pm
Tuesday 11 am-7 pm
Wednesday 11 am-7 pm
Thursday 11 am-7 pm
Friday 11 am-7 pm
Saturday 11 am-7 pm

We are closed on the following federal holidays so our animals and employees can enjoy their time off with their families. Easter Sunday, 4th of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

Are reservations required?

Nope! Reservations are not required for general admission. If you wish to take a Guided Safari Tour, you can make a reservation by booking online or in-store. You can also contact us about birthday parties and more!

Is the Safari inside or outside of the mall?

Sustainable Safari® is located inside Maplewood Mall on the second floor at the Southwest end of the Mall. Park in Kohl’s upper-level parking lot and enter Maplewood Mall door #2.

Sustainable Safari®
Maplewood Mall
3001 White Bear Avenue N,
Maplewood, MN 55109

How long are the one-on-one experiences with animals?

Each animal experience has a variable length of time. Holdings last 3-4 minutes.

How long is a regular visit to Sustainable Safari®?

Anywhere from one hour to four hours or all day. The Safari is entirely self-guided; it depends on how much time you spend at each animal exhibit. With dozens of species to view and interact with, plan at least a few hours of your day around the Safari to receive the entire experience. We stamp your hand for easy re-entry. All paid admission includes an all-day pass!

Are capybaras currently available at Sustainable Safari®?

Yes! The capybara is always available to feed, pet, and interact with at Sustainable Safari. Multiple families are rotated from our farm to the Safari.