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Aldabra tortoise

Meet the ancient giants of Aldabra Atoll. See, feed, and touch one of the world’s largest living tortoise species in the only Wild Encounter experience that allows guests to share the same space with the animals. *During the colder months, guests will meet and feed the tortoises inside their greenhouse. This area is not accessible for wheelchairs, walkers, crutches or other mobility devices.

Cost, per person: $35 Members / $39 non-Members + Zoo admission

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Capacity: 6 participants

Availability: Friday, Saturday, and Monday 


Meet near the bench at the Aldabra tortoise exhibit (near the Splash Fountain) fifteen minutes before the Wild Encounter.  

General guidelines:

  • Wild Encounters must be reserved in advance.

  • Due to animal safety regulations, guests who have been outside of the United States or Canada within 10 days prior to the program will not be allowed to participate.

  • Programs involving the Zoo’s animal collection are subject to change or cancellation based on animal needs.

  • Please arrive at the designated area 15 minutes before your Wild Encounter.

‚ÄčAge notices:

  • Children 2 years old and under are FREE and may attend, but are not permitted to feed the animals.

  • Children 4 years old and under must be carried or held by the hand of an adult in their group.

  • Children 3 to 8 years old must be assisted by parent/guardian while feeding.

  • Children 13 years old and under must be accompanied by an adult who has also purchased a Wild Encounter ticket. A ticket is required for each participant 3 years old and older.