Group kangaroo holding.

Animal Encounters -What you can do!

Three Safari Guides each holding animals; a baby goat, a Guniea pig and a chicken.

What is there to do at Sustainable Safari®?

With your admission ticket, you will be able to view and interact with most of the Safari’s animal species.

Start Your Safari!

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Admission Ticket Pricing

Adult – $14.50 Child – $14.50

All paid-entry receive:

  • ALL DAY Safari Entry
  • FREE Same Day Re-entry
  • Includes $3.00 Feed Cup
  • Kids 4 & Under FREE
  • $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.

What you can do at Sustainable Safari®

People of all ages and backgrounds exploring the Safari. Vines and greenery hang from the ceiling. Text in Photo: "Kangaroo Cuddle"
  • Each admission purchase includes a free small feed cup. You may upgrade to a larger cup if you so wish!
  • An entry ticket will allow you free movement around the animal displays to view all the animals and the ability to interact with and feed most of them.
  • Tickets include all-day admission; once purchased you may come and go as you please. We will stamp your hand for easy re-entry!

Animal Encounters – Extras to do at the Safari

If you feel inspired to experience (enter the exhibit), hold, and feed our animal ambassadors, we have animal encounters available for purchase!

There are three types of animal encounters:

  1. Holdings
  2. Feedings
  3. Experiences


Sit, hold, and cuddle an animal for 4 minutes. Pricing and age limits vary.


Receive complimentary food to feed an animal up close! Pricing, age limits, and feeding times vary.

Capybara Experience


Enter the animal exhibit and experience the animal up close!

No open shoes! Closed shoes are required for all Experiences.

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


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

Young brunette girl sitting on a couch and holding a baby wallaby

Cuddle with a Baby Kangaroo or Wallaby

$10 | Ages 5+

Snuggle with a Joey, (baby kangaroo or wallaby) for 4 minutes. (Ages 5 and up.)

Close-up of a young woman smiling holding a light-colored kid (baby goat)

Hold a Little Goat

$5 | Ages 5+

De-stress and cradle an adorable baby goat! Goats are exceptionally playful, and each has its personality. (Ages 5 and up.)

Closeup of a coiled brown and black ball python.

Hold a Snake

$5 | Ages 5+

Holding a snake can be a lot of fun! Our snakes are familiar with people and are used to being held and petted. They are beautiful and strange creatures when examined closely. (Ages 5 and up.)

A close-up of a large albino snake's face

Hold a Large Snake

$10 | Ages 10+

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

Green iguana perched on a guest's shoulder.

Hold an Iguana

$10 | Ages 5+

Hold a Green Iguana. These captivating lizards are bright-colored and thrilling to experience in person. (Ages 5 and up.)

Close-up of a tiny baby turtle's face and front legs

Hold a Turtle

$5 | Ages 5+

Cradle a baby turtle in your hands. See for yourself how cute they are. (Ages 5 and up.)

Young woman holding an American alligator.

Alligator Holding

$5 | Ages 5+

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

Woman holding a cavy wrapped in a blanket.

Hold a Cavy

$5 | Ages 5+

Hold a Cavy, otherwise known as the Patagonian mara. These rabbit-like rodents are fluffy and delightful! (Ages 5 and up.)


We give you special food to feed these animals up close!

Boy leaning over and feeding an Anteater with a small cup of feed

Feed an Anteater

$10 | Ages 5+

Hand-feed our Tamandua Anteater! These gentle creatures have no teeth and mainly eat ants and termites. Don’t worry; you won’t be feeding bugs out of your hand – we have our special anteater blended food! (Ages 5 and up.)

Binturong being handfed bananas.

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.)


Enter the animal exhibit, experience the animal up close, and feed our friends their favorite snacks!

No open shoes! Closed shoes are required for all Experiences.

Colorful parakeets perched on a child's arm and top of their head.

The Tree House

Feed Stick $4.00 | ALL ages

Our parakeet encounter holds about 200 birds. When you have a seed stick ($4), the birds visit you dozens at a time. (All Ages.)

No open shoes. Closed shoes are required.

Miniature guinea-pig-sized houses, Guinea pigs exploring, and a child feeding a Guinea pig.

Guinea Pig Village

$5 | AGES 5+

Take a journey into the Guinea Pig Village! Feed and pet these cute little villagers. (Ages 5 and up.)

No open shoes. Closed shoes are required.

Capybara Experience

Capybara Experience

$10 | Ages 5+

Venture into the Capybara habitat! Capybaras are the largest rodent in the world. They are known for their friendly interactions with humans and other animal species in the wild. (Ages 5 and up.)

No open shoes. Closed shoes are required.

Close-up of a Red Fox on its back getting belly scratches

Red Fox Experience

$10 | AGES 5+

Is anyone up for a cuteness boost? Hang out with a red fox! They are bound to lift your spirit! (Ages 5 and up.)

No open shoes. Closed shoes are required.


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.)

No open shoes. Closed shoes are required.

Seeking fun for the whole family?

Pouch Package Bag with Tokens
Pouch Package Bag

Pouch Packages

$25-$130 (+$14.50 Admission) | Ages 5+

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

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

There are four options to choose from! Interact with most Safari animal species.

No open shoes! Closed shoes are required for all Experiences.

Do you want the entire Safari Experience?

A woman and two children listening before an animal encounter during a Guided Safari Tour.

Guided Safari Tour

$180 (+$14.50 Admission) | Per person

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

Spend 90 minutes behind the scenes and explore the Safari with the professional Safari Guides! Have fun with up-close specialized animal encounters. Interact with most of the Safari animal species.

No open shoes! Closed shoes are required for all Experiences.

(Ages 5 and up.)

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

Safari Location & Hours

No reservations are 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 at 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!

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