Explore Responsibly: Our Zoo Rules

Learn how to make the most of your visit while respecting our animals and habitats

Please go over these rules with your family or group before your visit. By exploring responsibly, you’ll help us create a safe and enjoyable environment for everyone!

Respect the Animals

Leroy the Goose
  • Respect all animals at the zoo. Feet should remain on the ground at all times. We will not tolerate anyone harassing the animals.
  • Let the animals come to you. Chasing or harassing them is off-limits. Respect their space and give them the chance to interact with you on their own terms.
  • Please do not sit on, stand on, hit, or kick any of our animals, including our tortoises and free range birds. We kindly ask that you treat our animals with kindness and care, and refrain from any actions that may cause harm or distress.

Be Careful Around Certain Animals

  • Donkeys are friendly, but they can also bite. Please use caution when petting or feeding any equine. Keep your fingers safe!
  • If you’re not familiar with horses and donkeys, we suggest feeding our friendly donkey by placing a couple of pieces of petting zoo food on his fence. This way, you can interact with him safely and avoid getting accidentally bitten. It’s a great way to experience our animals up close and personal without any risk.
  • Alligators have a special diet and are carefully looked after by our staff. Please don’t feed them anything. They’re well-fed and don’t need extra treats!
  • For the safety of our alligators, please refrain from throwing anything into the alligator pond. Even small objects can be harmful to them and disrupt their natural behavior. Thank you for respecting the well-being of our animals.

Enjoy the Zoo Responsibly

Royal Palm Turkey
  • Slow down and savor the moment. Running or horseplay is not allowed. We want everyone to have a blast while being careful. Running or making sudden movements can startle the animals and make them nervous. Please don’t let anyone chase the chickens, geese, turkeys, or other free range animals.
  • Don’t panic if you feel scared. It’s natural to feel a little apprehensive around animals you’re not used to. Remember, the animals are here for you to enjoy and interact with. It’s important to stay calm and move slowly when you’re near them.
  • If you’re feeling unsure, our team is here to help and answer any questions you may have. And parents, please try not to overreact if your child is scared. Encourage them to stay calm and show them that there’s nothing to fear.
  • Remember, the animals in our care have unique personalities and needs, and we ask that you treat them with the kindness and respect they deserve. By following these guidelines, you’ll help us create a safe and enjoyable environment for both our visitors and our animal residents.
  • Let your curiosity run wild! Have fun, ask questions, and explore to your heart’s content.
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