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Zoo Chats


This is your chance to get up close and personal. Meet our staff, ask questions and learn all about what makes our animals so amazing! All chats are subject to change; please consult with a Zoo staff member on the day of your visit for the most current schedule.

All chats will be cancelled in heavy rain. Demonstrations in the Lands of Change Theater will be cancelled if thunder is heard less than 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.

Colonel a blue-and-yellow macaw

Time: 11:00 a.m. on Mondays, Thursdays & Fridays and 2:00 p.m. on Tuesdays & Wednesdays.

Location: Front Entrance Plaza

Details: Enjoy a chance to meet one of our ambassador animals up close and chat with one of their keepers!

River Monster Training

Time: 11:00 a.m. on Tuesdays.

Location: Rainforest Aquarium, Rainforest Revealed

Details: Watch our amazing giant arapaima swim to “targets” as they train with keepers!

A Restore Our Shores team member holds clams.

Time: 1:00 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Location: Lands of Change Theater, Lands of Change

Details: Meet a member of our conservation team and get an update on one of their field projects!

Baird's Tapir

Time: 11:00 a.m. on Wednesdays.

Location: Rainforest Revealed

Details: Learn more about our herd of Baird’s tapirs.

Time: Thursdays at 2 p.m.

Location: Lands of Change Theater, Lands of Change

Details: Learn about what zoos do!

A man holds out a skull for the audience to observe

Time: 2:00 p.m. on Fridays.

Location: Lands of Change Theater, Lands of Change

Details: Discover the amazing adaptations found in the skeletons of animals during this interactive scientific show.

Training Tales chat with Brazilian porcupine Shelley

Time: 11:00 a.m. on Saturdays & Sundays

Location: Lands of Change Theater, Lands of Change

Details: Meet one of our incredible ambassador animals as you chat with their keepers!

Alligator on grass

Time: Noon on Saturdays

Location: Wild Florida

Details: Watch our gators enjoy some delicious snacks!

Bear Necessities chat

Time: 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays & Sundays

Location: Bear Habitat, Wild Florida

Details: Chat with keepers about the importance of bears while meeting our resident Florida black bears!

Eat Like An Animal Zoo Chef Chat

Time: Noon on Sundays and Wednesdays.

Location: Lands of Change Theater, Lands of Change

Details: Watch our amazing Zoo Chefs create a fit-for-an-animal version of our cafe’s current special! Then grab your own version at Nourish 321 and #EatLikeAnAnimal.

J the black-handed spider monkey moves through his habitat wearing his new brace.

Time: 1:00 p.m. on Sundays.

Location: Rainforest Revealed

Details: Get to know our troop of black-handed spider monkeys!

Johari the giraffe

Time: 2:30 p.m. on Mondays.

Location: Expedition Africa

Details: Learn about the training we do with our giraffes!