Animal Encounters

There are three types of animal encounters:

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Sit, hold, and cuddle an animal in your arms for 4 minutes. Pricing and age limits vary. Click the button above to jump to the holdings.

Receive the complimentary food to feed an animal up close! Pricing, age limit, and feeding times vary. Click the button above to jump to the feedings.

Porcupine Experience Feeding

Enter the animal exhibit, experience the animal up close, and feed our friends their favorite snacks! Experience time varies. Please note: no open shoes.

Safari Ticket Pricing

No reservations required. Purchase your tickets at the door.

KIDS

$14.50/Child

ADULTS

$14.50/Person

  • Includes $3.00 Feed Cup
  • ALL DAY Safari Entry
  • FREE Same Day Re-Entry
  • Seniors, Military, First Responders, Educators | $2.00 OFF
  • Purchase at location only

Start your Safari!

Entry ticket will allow you free movement around the Animal Displays to view all the animals and the ability to interact with some of them. All of our tickets are all-day passes. Once purchased, you may come and go as you please. We will stamp your hand for easy re-entry!

Note: Some animals become unavailable due to scheduling and rotation.


Holdings

Sit and hold an animal in your arms for 4 minutes. Pricing and age limits vary.

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Cuddle with a Baby Kangaroo or a Wallaby

$10 | Ages 5+

For 4 minutes, you can snuggle with a baby kangaroo or wallaby. Our baby kangaroos and wallabies are available to cuddle and pose for pictures throughout the day. (Ages 5 and up.)

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Hold a Little Goat

$5 | Ages 5+

De-stress and cradle an adorable baby goat for up to five minutes! Our farm has a large family of goats. Goats are exceptionally playful, and each has its personality. (Ages 5 and up.)

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Alligator Holding

$5 | Ages 5+

Holding a baby alligator is an exhilarating experience. These animals are millions of years old and give you a real sense of amazement and joy during this encounter. (Ages 5 and up.)

Hold-A-Snake

Hold a Snake

$5 | Ages 5+

Holding a snake can be a thrilling, stirring, or relaxing action. Our snakes are familiar with people and are used to being held or pet. They are beautiful and strange creatures when examined closely. (Ages 5 and up.)

Hold a Large Snake

$10 | Ages 10+

Hold a large snake! (Ages 10 and up.)


Feedings

Receive the complimentary food to feed an animal up close!

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Lemur Feeding

$7 | AGES 5+

Meet our Ring-tailed Lemur family with this specialized feeding experience! Lemurs are highly social primates from Madagascar and are known to live in groups of up to 30. (Ages 5 and up.)

Binturong Feeding

$10 | AGES 5+

Feed and meet our Binturong! Binturongs are also known as bearcats and are native to South and Southeast Asia. (Ages 5 and up.)

Feed an Anteater

$10 | AGES 5+

Hand feed our Tamandua Anteater! These gentle creatures have no teeth and mainly eat ants and termites, but they occasionally eat bees, beetles, and insect larvae. Don’t worry; you won’t be feeding bugs out of your hand – we have our own special Anteater blended food! (Ages 5 and up.)


Experiences

Enter the animal exhibit, experience the animal up close, and feed our friends their favorite snacks! Please note: no open shoes.

Parakeet Aviary Experience

FEed Stick $4.00 | ages 7+

Our parakeet encounter holds about 200 birds. Herewith the help of your seed stick ($4), the birds come and visit you dozens at a time. (Ages 7 and up. Please note: closed shoes required.)

Guinea Pig Village

$5 | AGES 5+

Take a journey into the Guinea Pig Village! Feed and pet our small local town’s animals. (Ages 5 and up. Please note: closed shoes required.)

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Capybara Experience

$10 | Ages 5+

Venture into the Capybara habitat! Capybaras are the largest rodent in the world. They are known for their friendly interaction with humans and other animal species in the wild. Our Safari Guides will assist you with this specialized feeding and interactive experience. (Ages 5 and up. Please note: closed shoes required.)

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Porcupine Experience

$10 | Ages 5+

Be one of a select few who say they pet a porcupine! Our Safari Guides will assist you with this specialized feeding and interactive experience. (Ages 5 and up. Please note: closed shoes required.)

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Otter Experience

$45 | Ages 10+

Hang out with one of our Asian small-clawed otters! These slippery friends are a ball of energy. Their enclosure has plenty of their favorite toys and enrichment items to interact with. (Ages 10 and up. Please note: closed shoes required.)


Do you want the full Safari Experience?

Guided Safari Tour

$180 (+$14.50 Admission) | Per person

Do you want the whole Safari experience? Meet and learn about our critters on the Guided Private Tour!

Spend 90 minutes behind the scenes and explore the Safari with our professional Safari Guides! Have fun, up-close, with the specialized feeding encounters. Interact with most of our Safari animal species. (*NOTE: No open shoes. Ages 7 and up.)

Pouch Packages

$25-$130 (+$14.50 Admission) | Per person

Do you want the whole Safari experience at your own pace? Meet our critters with the Pouch Packages!

With these value family pouch package deals, you will experience the Safari the way you choose to!

There are four options to choose from! Interact with most of our Safari animal species. (*NOTE: No open shoes. Ages 7 and up.)

Note: Some animals become unavailable due to scheduling and rotation.


Safari Hours & Location

No reservations required. Purchase your tickets at the door.

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 the Kohl’s upper level parking lot and enter in Maplewood Mall door #2.

Safari Hours:

Sunday 12pm – 6pm
Monday 11am – 7pm
Tuesday 11am – 7pm
Wednesday 11am – 7pm
Thursday 11am – 7pm
Friday 11am – 7pm
Saturday 11am – 7pm

Please Note:
We are closed on the following federal holidays for our animals and employees to enjoy their time off with their families!
Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, and 4th of July.

Questions? Give us a call!

Or visit our FAQ section by clicking here.