Special Wildlife Experience in Miami
Prepare for a wildlife lover's dream tour. Encounter our feline cubs, primates, sloths and much more —like never before during this 3-hour private tour.
What You Will Do
During this private tour, you'll meet & play with a wide range of animals while learning about their habitats and the worldwide conservation efforts in an incredible three-hour adventure.
This tour incorporates (almost) all the tours offered at ZWF*:
- Feline Encounters: 5 minutes interactions with our feline cubs
- Primate Experience: 1-hour tour offering one-of-a-kind play session with three types of our baby primates, where you will also get to see our juvenile and adult primates from afar.
- Sloth Encounter: A breathtaking 5-minute one on one with this adorable creature
- Owl Encounter: 10-minute session where you’ll get the thrill of having these amazing birds perch right on your arm.
*Does not include Chimpanzee Encounter
- General Wildlife Experience: A 1-hour private guided tour of our zoo. You'll have a truly up close and personal experience with a variety of our resident animals while also getting the chance to tour our multi-acre facility.
Guests will see animals ranging from primates to reptiles, lions, tigers and rare birds, and even get to interact with a monkey, and some of our smaller birds and reptiles.
Please note that the animals available for interaction vary based on their health and character at the time of the encounter. Our animal friends can sometimes be moody too! Thank you for your understanding.
- Please be sure to wear comfortable clothing and footwear.
- Guests may not wear jewelry for the safety of the animals.
- Bring water and your camera.
• Cancellation policy: All cancellations must be made within 48 hours of purchase date in order to receive a full refund • All packages are transferable upon request
- 195 Ratings
Great guide gabby. Loved that a monkey joins our tour (best part). Clean grounds, quiet and private
the overall experience was great, Katrina was our guide. She was constantly checking in with us to make sure we were smiling. She took hundreds of photos and made sure we saw every single animal. We will be back in the future.
The staff are friendly,professional and knowledgable about the animals in their care. While I didn't get my whole experience due to the tropical storm blowing through the staff took great care to make sure I got the most for my money and I didn't feel cheated. This is my second visit and can't wait for my next one!!!
I've been to several zoos with animal experiences and this was by far the best one yet.
The staff was some of the nicest people I have ever met and it was clear they generally care about the animals. We had a chance to play with so many different types of animals, some of which I never thought I’d be in the same room with in my life. We did the special tour which was 3 hours, so happy we chose that one. There are great video clips and pictures on Instagram and what not, but it’s so much better to just go in person!
Fantastic day - really enjoyed it. Knowledgable and passionate staff.
ZWF Miami was incredible!! We booked the full experience and added the chimpanzee interaction whilst we were there. Our guide Jacob was amazing...he was very knowledgeable about all the animals and went out of his way to ensure we had an unforgettable experience! We got to meeting numerous monkeys, an owl, ferrets, sloths, otters, an alligator, an armadillo, a macaw, a white lion and a chimpanzee....a day we will never forget! It is clear that all the animals are happy, well cared for and everyone working at ZWF are committed to the welfare of these animals. Thank you for an unbelievable day...we hope to return next time we’re in Miami.
My husband and I had a amazing time and it was a great anniversary our guide Jacob was very knowledgeable and very pleasant. We have told our friends about our experience and were very jealous. We hope to visit again soon
Everyone from booking to our tour guide was amazing. Very understanding of our children's fear about some animals and it made the day just perfect for both kids and parents alike. This is a MUST for anyone visiting Miami!
We absolutely loved the place and the animals but for $700 a person we expected a bit more. A lot of the animals were sleeping hidden away from our view and we couldn't see them. The encounter with the wolf cub was a couple of minutes long because it pooped in the floor and we were told it was over so the guide could clean it up. In total it was less than the three hours it was supposed to last, and that's counting all the time we had to sit and wait for the guide.
My husband and I did the special wildlife experience. Our host was Jacob, a young guy who was knowledgeable and friendly and clearly loves the animals. It’s a very expensive experience but they offer discounts at times, and for an animal lover like myself, it was worth it. My favorite were the 2 lion cubs, and husband loved the super playful jaguar. But, we loved all of the animals!
An amazing experience with an amazing knowledgeable guide!
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