Special Wildlife Experience in Miami
Prepare for a wildlife lover's dream tour. Encounter big cats, primates, exotic birds and much more like never before. Meet, play with and even feed a wide range of animals while learning about their habitats and worldwide conservation efforts in an incredible three-hour experience.
What You Will Do
- See big cat species like never before in a 30-minute viewing session that includes exotic animals like lions, tigers, white tigers, leopards, jaguars, cougars and many more—and take 30 more minutes to play and cuddle with three adorable feline cubs
- Get to know exotic primates up-close in an hour-long session that includes species like lemurs, baboons, gibbons, macaques and more—and go hands-on with three baby primates, with up to 10 minutes with each one
- Meet two owl species like you never could in the wild and have them perch right on your arm
- Enjoy an exclusive photo session with some of the foundation's sloths—and don't be surprised if these playful creatures pose for the camera with you
- Snap photos of all these majestic animals—and of yourself playing with them—that you'll want to share on social media right away
- Take a nearly 3-hour long tour of the five-acre wildlife facility, which includes the rare opportunity to hold and feed some of the animals
- Nearly 3-hour guided tour of wildlife facilities with an expert animal trainer and guide
- Hands-on and feeding opportunities with select animals
- 30-minute viewing of several big cats
- 30-minute interaction with three feline cubs
- 30-minute viewing of several primate
- 30-minute interaction with three primate babies
- Five-minute hands-on owl encounter (shared with all members of your group)
- Photo session with sloths
- Bug repellant and hand sanitizer
Please call or email to book as some restrictions apply.
Please note that children's minimum age requirements are subject to change based on the age and growth of our in house felines. Children under the age of 3 are free. Please be sure to wear comfortable clothing and footwear. Guests may not wear jewelry for the safety of the animals. Animal interactions vary based on health of the animal, and interactions may vary at any time. Bring water and your camera. Hands-on animal interactions are not recommended for children under 8 years of age. The rest of the tour is fun for all ages.
- 178 Ratings
My girlfriend took me here as a surprise for my birthday and it was one of the most memorable and fun days of my life. The ZWF team worked with my girlfriend to keep the surprise and they obviously care very much about what they do and the animals on their grounds. We started off with a tour of the facility and saw all of the animals. We also signed up for the special experiences and encounters so we could feed and hold the animals that were in a good mood =). This is a day I will never forget! -Steve
We did the Special Wildlife Experience to celebrate our first wedding anniversary and it was worth every penny, especially knowing that the money we spent goes to help the animals at ZWF. We started with a private tour led by Gabby, who was an absolutely wonderful guide for the day. She took us around to the different animals enclosures, where we were able to give them some food and interact with them a bit. Then we had individual animal encounters, all of which were incredible. We especially loved the sloth encounter, but every animal encounter from the baby tiger and jaguar to every monkey and lemur was an amazing experience. I would highly recommend a visit here for those who love wildlife and learning about different species of animals.
Very polite staff. Wonderful experience. The Limbani Encounter was wonderful as was the sloth encounter. Very pleased.
The best experience of my life me and nephew had a blast all the animals are so well taken care of and the workers are so nice
We loved the in-depth interaction, education, and fun guide!
This was a once in a life experience. The special encounter was expensive but worth every penny. You get to spend one on one time with animals that you would never get to in your life. Gabby was our guide and went above and beyond to ensure we had an amazing experience. A must see!
It was an experience we will always cherish!
The Guide was very nice and informative. Only complaint would be, we felt like we were waiting around a lot. Somewhat unorganized.
Great facility and very nice and knowledgable tour guide. Animals are well cared for and a joy to interact with. The office staff isn't very responsive, though. They leave you in the waiting room wondering what's going on, and wait times on the phone are interminable. The web site isn't up-to-date on which animals you'll interact with, nor is there other communication. We were happy with our visit, but we didn't interact with the sloth, which we expected to. I'd give it 4.5 stars.
We were able to feed almost all the animals or handle them. Our guide took her time and was super nice. She helped us with our pictures and we never felt rushed. We questioned the price of the full experience but in the end we felt we got more than our moneys worth! The way the place is done is amazing! The care for the animals is wonderful. Shared the entire experience with our friends that can't wait to go!
It’s something that you don’t experience but once in a lifetime.
Our guide Emily was fantastic! It was an amazing opportunity to see these animals up close. The grounds are beautiful .
We had the best experience ever! Our tour guide Gaby was amazing! Definitely worth flying all the way from California and the money!! It made my 30th Birthday very special!
guide was accommodating. She allowed safe interactions with many of the animals.
We had an outstanding time. And Gabby our guide was amazing. Thank you so much!
Our tour guide, Carina, was very knowledgeable about all the animals, and it was clear they knew her and loved her. She was very informative and due to her we enjoyed our experience immensely!
The experience was awesome! Such a wide variety of creatures and great interaction with the animals. Our guide, Gabe, was extremely knowledgable about all of the animals and made the experience that much better! Can't wait to visit again!
Kat was the best. The most amazing experience I have ever had
Our guide was so informative and really made sure we had a great time with the animals. We loved it!
I was with my family and we enjoyed the explanations and the contact with Animals. The time of the experience is enough and the possibility to get in touch with some animals is fantastic
From start to finish the staff was friendly, knowledgeable and the experince was incredible. The interaction with the animals was like no other. Well worth the trip and memories of a lifetime.
Our special wildlife experience was amazing!!! Our guide Max was knowledgeable, friendly and engaging. The only complaint is that at a few of the exhibits, we felt rushed because there was a regular tour coming up right behind us. The lion cub interaction was a highlight!!! We learned so much, and enjoyed the entire tour!!!!
Our guide Emily was great .. providing different facts and information on each of the animals. She was extremely patient with us. And you have a beautiful selection of animals. The ability to interact with them was an extraordinarily unique experience
I loved everything about the Special Wildlife Experience at the Zoological Wildlife Foundation and will be back to experience it again!! I picked Miami as a destination for my 50th birthday celebration specifically because of ZWF Miami and wanting to support the preservation and conservation efforts for endangered animals. I had no idea how amazing the whole experience was going to be. Upon arrival, I was welcomed and greeted promptly, checked in quickly with an overview of what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised that it was a private tour for the whole 3 hrs. I had a personal guide, Gabriel. He was so informative and funny throughout the whole tour and encounters. He gave me a personalized tour of the sanctuary, introducing me to all of the animals and giving me some history and background of each and every one of them. He also highlighted the important work that ZWF does with all of the animals and the special attention that each one receives. You couldn't help but see the passion that he had for working here and wanting to share with those who visit. When it came to the encounters with all of the groups, I really enjoyed the 1:1 time with the big tiger and lion cubs the best. The setting was perfect out in the garden and I was able to really have my dream come true of interacting with them up close and personal. I love that I was able to help ZWF with their efforts. I look forward to returning soon!
Amazing place - wonderful people.
The tour and interaction with the animals was phenomenal. Our guide was very knowledgeable and helped us to see the personalities of each animal and enjoy their unique characteristics!
Gabriel really made our tour special you can tell he really cares about all the animals well-being and wants to have a good time with the guests he has a great sense of humor. The facilities were well-maintained everything was very clean and you got the sense that the animals were happy in their habitats I would recommend without hesitation to anyone wanting a little more than a standard Zoo experience I really appreciate the education level and thought that was taken to explain in detail what and how you guys take care of these wonderful animals
The experience was amazing with Gabriel. The only thing that I suggest is if you're going to offer a picture plan make sure the one taking the pictures knows how to use the camera. Most of my pictures came out blurry or just not good. If I would've known this was going to be the case I could've just taken the pictures with my cell phone. Now I do not have any picture memories. I will definitely recommend this place just make sure to remind everyone to take their own pictures
It was an absolutely fabulous experience and we would highly recommend it!
This VIP tour was my daughters birthday wish and it was an amazing one The facility is beautiful and the people are just so nice I will recommend this place to everyone who truly loves animals snd nature like us
This facility is amazing however last time I was able to hold the cat cubs and take photos with them, this time I was not allowed to hold max the lion cub.
It was apparent that the animals and staff were happy and that the facility was well maintained. My tour guide Andrea was knowledgeable and friendly. Best experience ever!
Emily- our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable. She was absolutely wonderful. We learned a lot about the animals and had the most fantastic time with being able to inter act with a lot of them. We would definitely return again.
facility was clean and beautiful...animals were great and our guide Alexa wonderful!! For the amount of money we spent, with the additional photo fee, the down time between forms and waiting for animals...verses time seeing and doing was not worth it. I understand animals can be flaky but there should be more options and quality time...we really enjoyed it and would do it again but not for the price. We will tell everyone about it!
We enjoyed the hands on time with Lea the most. Our guide was very enthusiastic and made sure we had a great time.
Relatively easy to find with the indications on the website, good welcome at arrival. Then the tour is just great, like nothing you've had before. I also had some doubts on how animals were treated, seeing so many tourists every day, but they do seem to take very good are of all of them.
I had the most amazing time at ZWF and I will defiantly be coming back.
Absolutely amazing experience. Exceeded all of my expectations. Janesse (sp) was an excellent guide and her knowledge of the animals was phenomenal.