Animal Encounters

An Experience You'll Never Forget!

At Dade City’s Wild Things Zoo, we strive to bring you closer to the animals for a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Our Florida animal encounters are available in your choice of a Class A or Class B Group Animal Encounter or an interactive Big Cat Feeding. From playing with otters to an up-close tiger encounter, the options are nearly endless! These thrilling opportunities can be bundled with any of our tours or other packages, so you can get the most out of your time with us. Our Florida animal encounters allow you to spend one-on-one time with the animal of your choice. Choose from a tiger encounter, serval feeding, or time with any of the other animals listed below.

Group Animal Encounters

Tiger Cub Encounters 


  • ​White Handed Gibbon "Ape"
  • Eagle Owl
  • Anteater
  • Sloth
  • Otter
  • ​Ring Tail Lemur
  • Big Cat Feedings
  • Zebra Feeding


  • Feed a Monkey
  • Feed Buffalo
  • Gator
  • Pot Bellied mini Pig
  • Serval Feeding
  • ​Double Striped Skunk
  • Goat
  • Feed a Bear

Private Animal Encounters

If you prefer to have a private animal encounter, we do offer private animal encounter and include photos of your experience.

Big Cat Feeding!

Have you ever longed to look in to a Tigers eyes just inches away from you, or wanted to get close enough to be able to see the fangs of a jaguar?

Now is your chance to get closer than you ever imagined to these beautiful animals! Get yourself or a loved one the chance to meet our Tigers, lions, jaguars, leopards or panthers under the watchful eye of one of their keepers. Its a bone crunching wild time you will never forget.

​When you personally feed these breathtaking Siberian or Bengal tigers, jaguars, panthers, leopards or lions you’ll gain a new appreciation for how big these cats really are from a mere 3 feet away.

Witness the power and majesty of these predators up close, in a way you never imagined possible.Having these Big Cats use to target training also assist keepers in keeping a close eye on these awesome animals for medical purposes.

  • Lion
  • Jaguar
  • Leopard
  • Panther

NOTICE! The time of an animal encounter may need to be adjusted or delayed when an animal has become overstimulated or needs rest or playtime. If you schedule an encounter, please be patient. Animals do not understand human schedules. We always put the well-being of our animals first. Due to an animals's age or its temperament at the time of an encounter, we cannot guarantee that on any encounter you will be able to hold the animal. With patience, we will give you the best encounter possible and assure the well-being of our animals.  At times a substitute animal will have to be made.

No Refunds allowed - will reschedule with 24 hour notice up to 3 times

For the Safety of the guest and animals all guest will have to sanitize before and after each encounter.