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!

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!

Take a peak into the life of these stunning cats and learn about our world famous cheetah-breeding program. Bring your camera for a cheetah “selfie” with one of our ambassadors or (for a little extra) we can take photos and print them for you! To learn more about Wildlife Safari’s cheetah conservation efforts, click here. 

Price: $15 per person 

4×6 prints of your pictures are available.- $10 for 2 prints and $5 for each additional copy.

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

Book your cheetah encounter

Exclusive Cheetah Encounter

Travel to the heart of carnivore territory for a more intimate encounter with Wildlife Safari’s amazing flagship animal; the Cheetah. Join the expert keepers that maintain the number two cheetah breeding facility on Earth to learn all about these magnificent animals- built for speed- and their conservation. Learn all about their individual personalities and take your chance for a photo-op with some of the coolest animals on the planet. WARNING: Though speedy, these big cats may want to take the opportunity to simply laze around with you… 

Price: $30 per person | 10 Person or 1 group of 10+ Max.

Please notify Safari  if any guest in your group is unable to walk 1/2 mile so that a van can be scheduled.

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.

Price: $75 per person

Minimum Age Requirement: 12 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 Pet & Meet Elephants Enrichment

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 pet the trunk of one of our elephants and enjoy & 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.

Price: $15.00 Per Person 

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 an African and Asian 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!

Price: $30.00 Per Person | 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.

Price: $75 per person, 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

Elephant Waterhole Excursion

The elephants love to play and splash, which is why we created the elephant waterhole! Journey underground and come up inside of the waterhole to experience these incredible giants playing, splashing and loving life. Learn all about the elephants, their lives and their enrichment! The elephant water hole is a truly once in a lifetime experience!

The elephant water hole excursion is only available during the summer months. For more information, contact Guest Services at 54.-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!

Price: $15 per person

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!

Price: $75.00 Per Person | 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

Foraging Bears Enrichment

Journey through the drive through to the heart of Bear Island and grab your feed cups! Toss parts of the bear’s diets to them and watch them either devour them immediately or save them for later. Bear feed cups not only provide the bears with tasty treats and you a once in a lifetime experience, but help keepers to mimic the natural behaviors of the mighty brown bears in the wild, who would normally forage for food and snacks throughout the day. Remember- feed the bears at Wildlife Safari, but never in the wild!

Price: $5 per snack cup | Only available from 11-3 | weekends only 

For more information, contact Guest Services 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!

Price: $15.00 Per Person | 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.

Carnivore Feeds

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, our cheetahs or bears, and then help prepare their diets and watch them eat their dinners! But remember- any closer and you’d be lunch!

Price: $75 per person | Pick two Animals: $125 per person | Advance Reservations Required 

*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 may practice a game of tug of war with the lions, 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.

Price: $15 per person

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

Sumatran Tiger Sisters

Get eye to eye with tigers in the Sumatran Tiger Sisters encounter! Learn about the plight of the critically endangered Sumatran tiger, and how Wildlife Safari is working to help these magnificent creatures. Learn about the special care and training that goes into providing world class veterinary care and see their new, expanded habitat!

Price: $15 per person

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 Blippo and Padrone and learn all about what makes them unique!

Price: $15 per person | Hippo encounters are available in spring and summer | Limited to 10 people per day
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!
Price: $55 per painting | Must be arranged with guest servicesAnimal 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.

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, our cheetahs or bears, and then help prepare their diets and watch them eat their dinners! And remember- any closer and you’d be lunch!

Price: $75 per person | Pick two Animals: $125 per person

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.