Getting Wild at Wildlife Safari with Animal Enrichment Encounters

With education and wildlife conservation at the heart of everything we do at Wildlife Safari, we are committed to connecting people and wildlife in the most creative ways possible. Every day, the animals that call the park home are trained positive behaviors to be able to help us in their daily care and in veterinary procedures. This gives us a unique opportunity to get people closer to wildlife than anywhere & in a more affordable way. Check out all the ways you can get involved in animal care & participate in inspiring meetings with animals below! Remember- you are captive, they roam free! Click here for the daily encounter schedule.

Please note that not all encounters are available every day, due to scheduling or animal participation. To learn more about creating a unique and exciting day on safari, contact guest services at 541.679.6761 or guestservices@wildlifesafari.net.

Cheetah Photo Group Encounter

Get eye-to-eye with Wildlife Safari’s Flagship Animal!

Leave the fences behind as you get truly eye-to-eye with Wildlife Safari’s famous ambassador cheetahs! Learn all about Wildlife Safari’s incredible success as the number two cheetah breeding center on Earth, meet the eclectic cats and even pose for photos! You’ll get up close and personal with these incredible cheetahs and get a photo of yourself without any fences! To learn more about Wildlife Safari’s cheetah conservation efforts, click here. 

4×6 prints of your pictures are available.- $10 for 2 prints.

For more information, contact Guest Services at 541.679.6761 ext 210 or guestservices@wildlifesafari.net

Cheetah Stroll Encounter

Take a stroll with one of our cheetah ambassadors! These strolls are the closest you will get to these magnificent cats inside the park. You will come close enough to hear them purr and marvel at their lean athletic bodies. The keepers will share their knowledge of these cats during the stroll. This adventure includes one 8 x 10 photo with the cheetah for you to take home.

Minimum Age Requirement: 10 and up

Advanced Reservations Required

For more information and to book your cheetah stroll, contact Guest Services at 541.679.6761 ext 210 or guestservices@wildlifesafari.net

Ambassador Cheetah Outreach

Wildlife Safari is the number two cheetah breeding facility on Earth and the number one breeding center outside of Africa. Safari works as a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums within the Species Survival Plan for cheetahs to ensure species propagation, variety and survival. Some cheetahs become important ambassadors, representing their wild counterparts in various public appearances, school visits, and more.

To inquire about how to set up your own cheetah outreach, contact Wildlife Safari Guest Services at 541.679.6761 or at guestservices@wildlifesafari.net.

Group Elephants Adventure

Imagine a close encounter with the largest animal on land! Your special excursion will feature information about elephants & their conservation, a “Meet and Greet” where you will have the opportunity to learn about the unique characteristics that make our elephants who they are! On this group encounter, you will have the chance to spend quality time getting closer than you would believe with members of our herd.

For more information, contact Guest Services at 541.679.6761 ext 210 or guestservices@wildlifesafari.net

Exclusive Elephant Pet & Feed Enrichment

Become an elephant expert on your excursion to meet Wildlife Safari elephants in a more intimate setting. Quiz our team of expert keepers on elephants and their conservation- ask anything! From why ivory is so sought after to the differences between different kinds of elephants (or even something more tricky!)! Bring the whole family for this opportunity to get closer and more intimate with an elephant which you will get to feed and pet!

Exclusive Encounters are limited to 10 individuals or one group of 10+, making them a more intimate enrichment experience. 

For more information, contact Guest Services at 541.679.6761 ext 210 or guestservices@wildlifesafari.net

Private Elephant Pet & Feed Enrichment

Book your premier elephant encounter and guarantee a private audience with the elephants of Wildlife Safari! You and anyone in your party are the only spectators of this once in a life time elephant experience, featuring you and Safari Elephant Keepers only. Ask any question you’ve ever had about these majestic animals, get to know them one on one and come away having made memories that many only dream of.

You & your group will be the only people on this private meet-and-greet with an elephant and their keepers. 

Reservations Required 

For  more information, contact Guest Services at 541.679.6761 ext 210 or guestservices@wildlifesafari.net

Giraffe Group Encounter

Take a ride out to the Africa section of the park to meet the tallest member of the Wildlife Safari family. Keepers will introduce you to our giraffe family and help you feed them some of their favorite yummy treats!

For more information, contact Guest Services at 541.679.6761 ext 210 or guestservices@wildlifesafari.net

Private Giraffe Encounter

Tour down to giraffe territory in the experience of a lifetime! 

Claim some more intimate time with the tallest animals in the park, quiz their expert keepers on all things giraffe and walk away with stories to tell your friends of your experiences on African Safari, without leaving Oregon!

Only your group will join you on this encounter | Advanced Reservations Required

For more information, contact Guest Service at 541.679.6761 ext 210 or guestservices@wildlifesafari.net

Big Bear Enrichment Encounter

Imagine getting face to face with a mighty Alaskan Coastal brown bear! With Big Bear at Wildlife Safari, you have the opportunity to hop onto a safari open air truck and journey to the heart of Bear Island! Learn all about the mighty brown bears at Wildlife Safari, what makes each of the bears at the park different, and toss them treats! Help keepers provide the bears with their daily diets and work toward mimicking their natural wild behaviors. And remember- any closer and you’d be lunch!

Available Seasonally | Available when the Bear Foraging Encounter is not

For more information, contact Guest Services at 541.679.6761 ext 210 or guestservices@wildlifesafari.net

Hibernating Bears

This “whispers only” encounter is a keeper-guided chance to go into the brown bear den and see them during their winter torpor. Keepers will explain what happens during the bear’s hibernation and share other fascinating details about their lives.Keepers will give a talk before entering the building and then there will be a question and answer time outside the building after seeing the bears.

Only available during the winter months | Children require adult supervision 

To inquire about how to set up your own cheetah outreach, contact Wildlife Safari Guest Services at 541.679.6761 or at guestservices@wildlifesafari.net.

Private Carnivore feed Excursions

Join our carnivore keeping team on the excursion of a lifetime! Go into the animals private holding, see how they interact with each other at meal times, observe the family dynamics of our lion pride, our tiger sisters, or our bears, and then help prepare their diets and watch them eat their dinners! And remember- any closer and you’d be lunch!

AGE LIMIT APPLIES: 10 and up with proper adult supervision. Maximum of 6 guests.

For more information, contact Guest Services at 541.679.6761 ext 210 or guestservices@wildlifesafari.net.

Other Enrichment Encounters
Lions 101

Join our lion keepers daily for the training of our lion pride! Capture photos of our lions from just a few feet away as their keepers do daily training and explain how we keep these magnificent animals healthy and enriched. We keep the lion’s schedules switched up to keep them stimulated so on any given day, keepers can do husbandry and medical training or perhaps observe a painting demo. In any (and every!) case, you will be amazed to learn about the dynamics of a lion pride, awe at their size and learn their wide range of personalities.

For more information, contact Guest Services at 541.679.6761 ext 210 or guestservices@wildlifesafari.net

Hulking Hippos Group Enrichment

Hippos are the masters of both land & water and on this excursion you’ll get an up-close view of our extraordinary hippopotami. Journey to their private home and have the chance to see these “rough and ready” animals receive their favorite treats! Meet Padron and Tony while you learn all about what makes them unique!

 
Limited to 10 people per day when available
 
For more information, contact Guest Services at 541.679.6761 ext 210 or guestservices@wildlifesafari.net.

Animal Arts on Safari

Elephant’o Picasso? Chetahdor Dali? How about a Tigri Matisse?

Wildlife Safari is the home to many world-famous animal artists who are are fascinated, enriched and thrilled to paint! Join them in their own studios as they create one-of-a-kind artwork, commissioned just for you!
Must be arranged with guest services
Animal paintings must be purchased in addition to an animal encounter. to purchase just a painting, visit the animal arts shop here. 

For more information, contact Guest Services at 541.679.6761 ext 210 or guestservices@wildlifesafari.net.

For a limited time, residents of Glide and those affected by forest fires get into Wildlife Safari for free.