- 48 Ratings
Giraffe Encounter at Indian Creek Zoo
Meet Puzzles, a friendly giraffe, and his alpaca pal, Jigsaw during a giraffe encounter at the Indian Creek Zoo. Have an unforgettable experience and make a new friend when you pet and feed Puzzles.
What You Will Do
- Treat yourself to a memorable moment when you meet a friendly giraffe and his alpaca friend
- Feed and pet the giraffe Puzzles: Feel his soft fur and gentle tongue as you marvel at the size of this unique creature
- Hear animal stories from a professional, who has plenty of insider knowledge to share
- Snap a photo of you hanging out with the giraffe to take home and show off
- 30-minute giraffe encounter
Ages 10 and up. Zoo Admission is required and not included in encounter price. Photos are allowed.
- 48 Ratings
It was awesome. What a great experience. We will definitely come again.
My family and I had a blast with the Giraffe Encounter. Puzzles (the giraffe) is 3 years old and super lovable guy. You get to feed him a variety of veggies/fruits. We got to pet him and take a million priceless pictures. Puzzles definitely won our hearts over and we cannot wait to go and visit him again.
We had a great time
Everyone was very friendly and welcoming. My daughter enjoyed the encounter for her birthday. The only "issue" was the Easter egg hunt and parking was going on at the same time and I was not aware of that until I arrived, but we made the shuttle in and was transported back to our car by staff. We can't wait to see and visit the entire zoo for the first time this summer.
While I cannot remember the workers name (short blonde girl), she was very knowledgable about Puzzle and about giraffes in general. Easy to talk to and encouraged questions. The only thing about the encounter that I wish was different was the platform we were on to see the giraffe. While my wife and I were perfectly fine because we are adults, the young girl who was on the encounter with us (not with us but also on the encounter) could barely see over the railing. Puzzles will grow more and once that happens the issue may go away a little if Puzzles becomes tall enough, but there was no secure stool or anything for the young girl to stand on. This issue could be resolve easily and cheaply in a number of ways and ultimately didn't affect my experience (which is why I gave 5 stars), but would definitely help you continue to get good ratings from everyone.
It was very awesome being able to feed Puzzles. Everything worked out great!!! We definitely will be visiting this summer!!
I was my dream to come face to face with a giraffe and I could not have been more excited to find that Indian Creek Zoo offered a close encounter and I was not disappointed in the least. The handlers were WONDERFUL and took the time to give us a tour of the facilities. The cherry on top was being able to hold a baby kangaroo. So wonderful! I could tell the owners and handlers are dedicated to creating a great home for their animals. Thank you again for making a dream come true!
We did the giraffe and sloth encounter and were impressed with the interaction with all of the animals. We had a great time and will be visiting again.
The Giraffe was interactive, safe and friendly, we were able to learn from the experience, the staff was exceptional beyond hospitable. I chose the encounter for my sons 12th birthday surprise gift and everything at the zoo was more exciting than ever imagined. Thank you he said it was the best birthday ever!!!
I loved the giraffe. He is soooo sweet.
Everyone was amazing. Going out of the way to make our encounter very personal.
We had a great time and Puzzles was so friendly. Julie was very friendly as well and took the time to tell us a lot about Puzzles and the other animals in her care. We're looking forward to returning next season.
The encounter was wonderful! Our staff member was informative and very accommodating to the special needs of my family. The Indian Creek Zoo is the one place my father-in-law who has various memory issues, is truly happy. He is a member and comes often the cart we are allowed to use to drive him around the zoo is especially helpful. The whole staff is wonderful and we will continue to come with dad as long has he able.
We saw the previous feature on the zoo on CBS Detroit and planned to visit based on that. We did not know about it before then. We were so impressed with the natural habitat and the personal feeling. We will come back! Had the giraffe e per own eyes with Aaron and it was so great.
The giraffe encounter was an incredible experience. Unlike any giraffe "experience" you'd find at another zoo. The staff was very informative and friendly. Animals are in a natural setting. Just a beautiful, peaceful place overall. Drove an hour to get there and it was worth it. We will definitely be back.
The Giraffe Encounter was awesome. Puzzles is absolutely beautiful and so gentle. We had a great time feeding, petting and taking pictures with Puzzles. It was amazing to be up close and interact with such a magnificent beautiful animal. We will be back to see how much more Puzzles grows! If you love Giraffes, you will absolutely enjoy this experience. Julie was extremely nice, very knowledgeable and went up and beyond. My mom has beginning stages of Alzheimer disease. Julie noticed her slow deliberate walk and came back with a golf cart to drive her to the Giraffe Encounter area. She then arranged a golf cart for my parents to use the rest of our visit. Very, very thoughtful!!! It really helped my mom get around the zoo and she was able to see all the animals without getting tired out. THANK YOU Julie!!!!! Indian Creek Zoo is well worth going to see!
I liked that it was a smaller group which allowed for more time with Puzzles :)
It was an incredible experience for myself and my 15 year old granddaughter!!! Cathy was extremely informative and my granddaughter is looking forward to next summer to volunteering . We shared pics on Facebook and received many positive comments! My granddaughter lives 2 hours away but we have told everyone about the incredible experience with Puzzles and the sloths! We also got to hold the ferrets, which was a bonus!!!! Thank you! Thank you!!! Thank you!!!!
It was an absolutely awesome experience. Thanx so much for including us in your Giraffe encounter. My wife and I enjoyed it immensely.
We had a great time meeting puzzles! I wish it would have been a little longer than 20 minutes for the price.
My daughter and I had a wonderful time at the zoo The animals appeared well cared for in their display areas and the up close and personal atmosphere was very enjoyable. When we had the oppportunity to hand feed puzzles the giraffe, it was the highlight of our visit and probably of my daughters summer. It brought a smile to her face that rarely is seen. She is 17 years old with autism and she and I will remember this experience forever. Thank you for the day
- Ruth Ann
Julie and Sheri went the extra mile to make the Giraffe Encounter extra special for a our 90 year-young friend. She collects giraffe and her wish was to touch one. She was able to feed, touch, talk to, love, admire and learn every thing she has always dreamed about. Moments after Julie introduced her to Puzzles and she was able to feed and touch him her expression of pleasure and gratitude was: "Now I am ready to die and go to Heaven." Words can not describe the people nor the experience.
The giraffe encounter was THE BEST! I was so incredibly happy to get such an exclusive and personal experience with my favorite animal. The zoo staff was super friendly, knowledgeable and they definitely wanted to make the whole trip as fun as possible for their guests. We loved the zoo and we will definitely be back with other friends & family. We kept saying how much our nieces & nephews would love the place!
Aaron was great. Very personable and knowledgeable. And the giraffe was very friendly and gentle.
It was wonderful!! The staff was informative and nice and Puzzles is adorable.
My wife and I had a wonderful time with pretzels and his side kick. Your staff was extremely helpful and very outgoing and seemed like they really enjoyed there work. My wife and I are animal lovers and we had a great time, being around other animal lovers and I believe your staff is responsible for that, so I would like to say thank you to the management and to your staff.....See you soon...
The giraffe encounter was the best thing I've done. I love giraffe's and be to able to be that close and pet, scratch and feed Puzzles was amazing. Julie was very friendly and informative and kept the apples coming, lol. Would definitely do it again and I've posted the great pictures and videos to my FB page to let all my friends know how wonder it was. Puzzles was so friendly and I couldn't get over how much he wanted the attention. What a fabulous thing you allow people to do. Thank you for a fantastic time.
Josh was extremely informative and didn't just stand around waiting for us to finish up. I would absolutely recommend not only this zoo but this encounter to anyone. What a great day!
My daughter was absolutely in heaven getting to be that up close and personal with her favorite animal. The zoo keeper was very friendly and informative.
My girlfriend LOVES giraffes. And currently her father is dying...she needed a break and the close proximity to the giraffe and the intimate style of the zoo ws perfect for temporarily lifting her spirits. It was very therapeutic for her. Thank you@ !
Loved the zoo. I didn't think the sloth or giraffe encounters were worth the money charged. Staff wasn't 100% knowledgeable, and we could have had the same experience sitting outside the giraffe cage
We Love Puzzles! An experienced of a lifetime. We recommend everyone go and visit Puzzles & Jigsaw. Margaret,Brit n Becca were great and Margaret was so knowledgeable . We will request her on our next visit. Thank You for an awesome zoo experience. See You Soon!
The Giraffe Encounter was an amazing experience. Being able to interact with Puzzle was incredible. Margaret our guide was super friendly and knowledgeable. We have told everyone we know about it.
Great experience! Puzzles was amazing we'll definitely be visiting him again soon.