Animal Encounter: 150.00 per animal
As a special treat, you can arrange to have an animal brought out to your group for an intimate encounter. A zookeeper will bring your selected animal(s) to your event site to mingle with your guests for approximately 20 minutes. During this time the keeper will talk about your selected animal and answer any questions your guests may have. Animals included for Encounters are: snake, skink, lizard, chuckwalla, turtle, tortoise, frog or toad, rabbit, South American Armadillo, Red-tailed Boa, or Burmese Python.
Please keep in mind the Zoo is committed to the safety and well-being of our animals. While the Zoo will make every effort to ensure that your requested animal can make an appearance at your event, occasionally, there are unforeseen circumstances with wild animals that prevent this from happening. In the event your preferred animal is unable to attend your event, we will substitute another animal for your encounter or prorate the fee. Animal Encounters can be arranged in advance for both daytime and evening events at most event sites; time restrictions may apply. You may choose up to four animals per event, based on availability.
Penguin Encounter - Currently Unavailable
Our tuxedo pals are taking a break for June and July. They will be back soon for more fun!
Encounter with a Penguin : 300.00
Each of your guests have the unique opportunity to mingle with our tuxedo friends!
The Penguin encounters must be arranged before the event date. In June and August the penguins will be molting. Each individual penguin will take about 3 weeks to go through the process. This means at some point in wedding season our penguin boys will be molting and unavailable. Please contact us for more information!
Party Favors & Decorations
The Zoo Gift Store offers party favors and decorations for your event. From fun merchandise, such as stuffed animals, to elegant options like candles and picture frames, the Zoo Gift Store can help add that “something wild” to your event.
Contact your Zoo representative or the Gift Store at (805) 962-5339, ext.118 for more information.
The Zoo’s Commemorative Plaque Program honors a special day or a special someone. Benches, gardens, and trees are available for sponsorship. A cast bronze plaque is placed at that location with the wording of your choice. You can sponsor a tree for $5,000, a bench for $10,000 or a train bench for $3,000. For more information or to purchase a plaque, please contact our Development Team at (805) 962-5339, ext. 113.
Starting at 25.00
Foster Feeder Sponsorships make an unforgettable gift for any occasion! All Foster Feeder donations go directly to the Zoo’s animal food costs. More than 400 animals from around the world call the Santa Barbara Zoo home, and with that many mouths to feed, the Zoo can always use help!
Show that you care about the natural world by helping us feed our animals, and in turn you receive a personalized Foster Feeder certiﬁcate, recognition on the Foster Feeder Board, a color photo and informative fact sheet about your animal, a year’s subscription to Zoo News, and invitations to special events throughout the year. Pricing for Foster Feeders range from $25 to $1,000, based on the animal. For more information, or to become a Foster Feeder, please contact our Development Team at (805) 962-5339, ext. 113 or visit sbzoo.org.
Additional Fee: 2,000.00 (with Hill Top Site Booking)
Would you like to reserve the whole Zoo exclusively for your evening event? Give your guests the opportunity to really “spread their wings” after hours. None of the Zoo’s other event sites will be reserved for another private event on your date. This option includes Animals Out Late from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m., a private look at our animals after hours. Available for Hilltop evening events only, based on availability.
Important Information for Zoo Options
All Zoo Options must be reserved and conﬁrmed with payment at least one month before your event date. Cancellations and/or changes must be received in writing at least two weeks before your event date to avoid being held responsible for full payment. The Zoo’s ﬁrst priority is the welfare of our animals. In the case of inclement weather or if the Zoo cannot provide your requested Zoo Option(s) for any reason, an equivalent substitution is made or the fee(s) pro-rated accordingly. Pricing and availability is subject to change at any time with or without notice.
50.00 for daytime events; 75.00 for morning/evening events
Curious about elephants? Fascinated by giraffes? Schedule one of our expert zookeepers for a 15 to 20-minute private talk about the animal of your choice. The zookeeper tells your guests about the animals’ day-to-day lives and also answers questions. Based on availability, your Keeper Talk may also include an exclusive enrichment experience with the animal of your choice; a true treat for both your event guests and our animals.
Keeper Talks can be arranged in advance for both daytime and evening events; time restrictions may apply. Keeper talks can take place at the animal’s exhibit or at your event site.