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.
- 142 Ratings
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.
We had a great experience and our guide, Alexis, was very nice.
The entire staff was especially friendly and accommodating. It was the best birthday present ever!!!! Thank you
Our guide, she was so great. The places it selves relaxing and quiet. We learn a lot and we had a wonderful time thanks to all of you
Excellent experience that everyone should do at least once in their life. We did the special wildlife experience and it was worth every penny! We spent several hours with the animals one-on-one and got to play and bond with each of them. The facility is very well kept and all the animals seem to love their keepers.
Thank you very much for the tour and globally for the idea! We spent wonderful time and will recommend to all our friends to experience ZWF Miami!
My tour guide "Carloina" was very friendly and knowledgable which made the experience even better. The park was beautiful and very clean. The animals looked happy and healthy. It was awesome that I was able to encounter exotic animals such as a tiger and jaguar and get as close with them as I did. Only negative, was according to my package I was supposed to encounter a sloth but I never even saw the sloth, which was part of the 700$ package so you defintely want your moneys worth. Other than that would def reccomend.
It's only one time in my life Thanks a lot for all souvenirs
We did the Special Wildlife Experience. It was amazing! Our tour guide Carol was awesome! I couldn't have asked for more.
Merci beaucoup pour la visite. Nous avons de magnifiques souvenirs
Our tour guide was amazing and she made the tour very personal!
The animals were all wonderful, as was our guide. My favourite parts were meeting the gibbons and monkeys and also Bozo the lion cub.
- ANA M
My guide was great! Very knowledgeable and she took her time. She never rush me and she was totally acomodating. I should have wrote down her name because she was fantastic!
Very expensive, but worth every penny for the special tour. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity to interact with these exotic animals and so many different types of animals on one tour. Our tour guide Janesse was fantastic. She gave us great information about the animals and allowed us plenty of time to interact with them. I would highly recommend this zoo experience!
We were very pleased with the information and attention given to us by our guide and appreciated her efforts for us to get to know each of the animal residences we came across by providing us with their history and answering all our questions to the best of her ability. We especially loved interacting with the animals and appreciated that we weren't rushed during the interactions.
Because the work the wildlife foundation is doing greatm and the tour guide was informative and attentive - you could easily perceive her closeness with and care for the animals. Also, the beautiful animals. I mean, just amazing.
I booked the special tour with my 2 boys. We had the greatest time. It was such an amazing once in a lifetime experience. The boys were absolutely thrilled with all of the animals and getting to touch and even play with them. Carolina was patient, knowledgable and so much fun! I am telling everyone I know that they need to plan a visit.
Everything was awesome.
It was a very wonderfull and magic moment. Thanks so much to the assistant, she was lovely and very nice with us.
The special tour was absolutely breath taking and an experience like no other. Our tour guide, I believe her named is spelled Jannese, was GREAT. She was informative, patient, and you could tell she truly has a passion for animals.
My kids did the special and absolutely loved being up close and personal with the animals. Best birthday my daughter has ever had!