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
- 229 Ratings
Everything was awesome
Camilla was great!
Karina was a very knowledgeable and friendly tour guide. My son had the greatest experience with all of the animals but especially the primates and cats, and cannot stop talking about it. Thank you
Wonderful hands-on experience. Stephanie was great...very knowledgeable and truly loves the animals.
It was the most amazing experience of my life!!! Interacting with the animals was truly a blessing.
We loved our guide! I can’t remember her name but she was a cute young lady who showed a lot of love for the animals and enthusiasm doing her job. It was kind of steep on the price for the private tour for two adults and kids but it was a very nice tour and the money goes toward helping the animals. I loved the one on one with the animals in our private tour and our guide had said she’s been there only 6 months or so but she was very knowledgeable! My daughter and her best friend loved getting to interact with the animals especially the little monkeys! We truly enjoyed it!
My shy daughter didn't stop singing and dancing of happioness as our guide was showing us all the amazing animals you have. We could see animals that didn't look "sad" like they use to be in other zoos.
One of the best experiences of my life not to mention our guide was awesome
This experience was everything I hoped it would be. Getting up close and personal with wild animals is something not found just everywhere and often not done well. These people provided a spectacular, safe experience for us and the animals. The best part for me was the obvious close relationship between Chris, our guide. and all of the animals. He loves them and they love him. This is something you have to see to truly understand. I've been to a lot of zoos in my 60+ years and never seen one where the animals seemed happy. They are just tolerating their circumstances. Not here. These animals are VERY well cared for and have the best relationship with their handlers and care givers that I have ever seen. I did animal rescue myself for 10 years and know more than most about animal behavior and what it communicates to us. Thank you ZWF for what you do for the animals and for extreme animal lovers like me!
I did see a small number of animals exhibiting anxiety behavior which is not good. It seems the people at the zoo are doing their best
We had an awesome time would definitely recommend to everyone loved it
It was an amazing experience. My daughter, being an animal lover, had the time of her life! It would recommend this experience to everyone.
My wife and I had an absolutely amazing time visiting ZWF. The experience was nothing like we have ever had. My wife literally ranks this experience as second only to our wedding. We will definitely be recommending ZWF to friends and family, and hope to continuously visit the foundation.
Best experience ever. Our guide Caro was amazing. I’m so glad that the animals are being taken care of by very caring people.
What is better than a private tour of an amazing place. Hands on and extremely enlightening. My Fiancé and I LOVE animals; not just learning about them, but interacting with them and playing is something we will never forget. I mean, the Gibbons like to play tag... HOW cool is that?!
My boyfriend and I flew from Boston for the Special Wildlife Experience. It was definelty worth the trip! I got the opportunity to meet so many animals. Some of them included a sloth, lion, tiger, Jaguar, owl, otter, and primates. The highlight of my trip was being able to meet Limbani. This little guy stole my heart. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d have a chimp climb me like a tree, do a front flip from my shoulders, and give me a high-five. This was truly one of the best days of my life. Anyone who loves animals and wants to have a hands on experience should come here. I hope to be back sometime in the near future:)
My wife and I had an amazing experience at ZWF. Maria was a fantastic tour guide! We learned so much on the tour and being able to interact with the animals was a 5 star experience. This was on my wife’s bucket list as she is a huge animal lover. I will recommend ZWF to all of my friends and my wife and I will also be giving excellent reviews on Trip Advisor. The next time we come back to Miami we will certainly be coming back to ZWF. This was the highlight of our trip. Maria was very knowledgeable with the animals and were learned a lot!!!
Loved the Specisl Wildlife Experience. Only issue I has was a day before my reservation someone contacted me to tell me that my time slot was taken by someone else who booked online at the same time as me. It was a minor inconvenience but considering the price paid, I was disappointed that occurred, especially since I was prompted to pick a different time on the day of my planned visit.
A few years ago I googled “best places in America to hold animals” and I first found Zoological Wildlife Foundation in Miami. I researched it and I already could not wait until the day came that I could go. That day finally came on Wednesday when my fiancé and I made our way to Miami for this special experience. It was everything I hoped it would be and more. 2 days later I’m still in awe at the videos and pictures we took, re living the day. I want to go back every year. The Special exclusive pass is expensive but worth every penny.
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!