Animal Enrichment Day - Summer 2017
22-Jul-2017Event: Animal Enrichment Day, Summer 2017 Christmas in July Date .. Read More...
Magical Creatures - Education program
|Make your next visit to the Montgomery Zoo a grand wildlife adventure. Make a true connection with some of the animals here at the Montgomery Zoo by enjoying a true encounter with our four-legged and feathered friends.
Feeding stations are located at the North American River Otters and the Asian Koi Fish pond. For 50 cents, grab a handful of feed to provide to the animals. The interaction between the guests and the animals provides a unique wildlife experience for you and great enrichment for the animals. The nutritional snack adds to their daily diet, but the interaction between animals and human also provides physical and mental stimulation encouraging behaviors resembling those for that species in a wild setting. Enrichment is intended to encourage behaviors that are appropriate for that species targeted, as well as to satisfy an animal’s physical and psychological needs.
Giraffe Encounter: Have you ever stood nose-to-nose with an 18 foot giraffe? Well, here is your chance. Visit the Zoo’s Giraffe Encounter Post located at the Giraffe exhibit in the African realm. For $3 per person guests can venture over a wooden deck and actually walk over the moat onto the Giraffe exhibit. With feed in hand, these gentle giants will venture over to greet you and your friends. There is no experience to match seeing these giant creatures literally only inches away.
Parakeet Cove: Visit Parakeet Cove and experience hundreds of parakeets flying past and over your head. Entry to Parakeet Cove is included in your zoo admission; however, you have the opportunity to purchase a feeding stick for $2 and enjoy a one-on-one encounter with one (or many) of the birds. You and the birds will love this interaction and unique experience. Parakeet Cove is located in the Australian realm near the entrance of the Zoofari Skylift Adventure Ride.
Petting Zoo: Visit and pet a collection of African Pygmy Goats. These guys love to be petted, around people and played with. Entry to the Petting Zoo is included in your zoo admission; however, you have the opportunity to purchase a bag of feed for $2 and enjoy a one-on-one encounter with one (or many) of the goats. I don't believe they have ever turned down a snack. The Petting Zoo is located in the playground area in the Asian realm of the Zoo.
Lion training: See our two male African lions go through a training session with our zookeepers at 1:30pm daily. The training will take place at the African lion display adjacent to the Black Bear habitat. Watch as the keepers lead the lions through a series of target training exercises and take questions from guests.
Elephant keeper talk: Visit with our elephant keepers and get some insight on our three resident African elephants, Star, Tina and Makena. This question and answer session takes place daily at 2:30pm at the double-decker African viewing station. This sessions is entertaining, fun and educational for all ages.
Walk into the South American flight aviary. See a vast array of South American birds fly over head, swim in the ponds and walk about the aviary pathway. See turtle and other water creatures as you walk through the area they call home. Pull up a bench, take a break in the shaded environment. Listen to the sweet sound of birds singing and nearby children laughing. It is a great place to rest or escape for a moment.