Zoo Zooms

Learn about our NEW virtual offering

While we wish that everyone could visit the zoo and take in our educational shows and exhibits, we know that’s not always possible. But the good news is because of that, we’ve created Zoo Zooms so that we can safely bring the zoo to you!

Virtual Programs

Enjoy our most popular live shows as exciting virtual events! Students can interact with a Reptiland keeper who augments the presentation with video clips, close-up photos, live reptiles, and fossil remains. Each presentation is approximately 30 minutes followed by an opportunity for questions/discussion (up to 30 minutes).

Recommended for classroom and other educational settings.

Virtual Animal Encounters

If you want to learn more about reptiles, amphibians, and other critters here at the zoo, this experience is for you! These informal and informative encounters allow you to chat with the very people who care for the animals—our zoo keepers! Request your favorite species, learn some fun facts, and ask the keeper questions during this virtual animal encounter. Whether your family is looking for something fun and safe to do or you’re hosting a virtual party with friends, this Zoo Zoom will not disappoint!

Recommended for families and other virtual get-togethers.

Virtual Programs

Available Programs
Ancient Adaptations

Everyone loves dinosaurs it seems, and this program highlights some of the many adaptations that made the dinosaurs among the most successful animals ever to roam the earth. The presenter will use photos and live examples of turtles, tortoises, and modern crocodilians to explain how they have survived hundreds of millions of years.

Lizards & Snakes Alive

Learn about this diverse and amazingly successful group called Squamates. Over 10,000 species live in a wide variety of habitats—from the cold north to the tropics. Students are introduced to geckos, iguanas, king snakes, rat snakes, boa constrictors, and more. What and how they eat, how they survive winters, how they evolved, how snakes move without legs—these are but a few of the questions answered by this program.

Venom: Nature’s Chemical Weapon

Most lizards and all snakes have trace amounts of venom in their saliva. But, this program focuses on those that have evolved mechanisms that enable them to inject venom for killing prey animals, to aid digestion, and for protection. Rear-fanged, front-fanged, and retractable-fanged snakes are covered together with the Gila monster. Using close up photos, videography, and a live snake, the presenter explains in detail how biting apparatuses function, how some harmless snakes mimic venomous species, how humans sometimes become victims to snakebites, and snakebite treatment.

Booking Information

One virtual program (30-minute presentation, up to 30 minutes of discussion): $200

To learn more or schedule a program, please call (570) 538-1869.

Virtual Animal Encounters

Animal Options
boa constrictor or ball python
hognose, gopher snake, or king snake
alligator or saltwater crocodile
Gila monster
turtle or tortoise
African bullfrog or poison dart frogs
scorpion, tarantula, or hissing cockroaches
Booking Information

30-minute encounter with 3 animals: $100
60-minute encounter with 5-6 animals: $200

To learn more or schedule a program, please call (570) 538-1869. We will do our best to honor your animal requests, but we cannot guarantee the availability of any species, and therefore reserve the right to make substitutions as needed. Thank you.

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