Animal Contact Activities

Get an up-close interaction with wildlife!  There are a wide variety of opportunities at the Zoo including camel & pony rides, the Boma Petting Zoo and more! It’s an experience you won’t soon forget. Some activities do require an extra fee.

Activities are seasonal and subject to the cooperation of animals, weather and Zoo maintenance.


Open Year Round

Located near the African Outpost Restaurant and elephant exhibit. Kids can pet and interact with animals under the supervision of staff members. Meet our adorable Nigerian dwarf goats or take a ride on a pony! A fun hand washing station is located in the petting zoo.


Camel Rides at the Louisville Zoo

Re-opening Friday March 13

Take a sail on the “ship of the desert.” Ramp up your Zoo adventure with a camel ride – a ride of a lifetime. The Zoo’s dromedary camels will offer you a memorable ride and photo opportunity. Purchase tickets at camel area. Subject to the cooperation of animals and weather.

Camel Ride Ticket Prices

Non-Members $7
Members $6

NEW Camel Feeding Prices

Re-opening March 13
Get nose-to-nose with the Zoo’s friendly camels as they eat right out of your hand!

Camel Feeding (per person) $3

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Re-opening March 21

Enhance your safari adventure with a pony ride in the Boma Petting Zoo area. The Zoo’s ponies will offer you a memorable ride and photo opportunity. Purchase tickets at the Boma African Petting Zoo. Subject to the cooperation of animals and weather.

Pony Ride Ticket Prices

Non-Members $6
Members $5

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Re-opening weekends March 14 and open daily starting March 23

Marvel at the majesty of our tallest inhabitants as you experience one of our most interactive and popular attractions. Enjoy a true nose-to-nose encounter as you feed giraffes right out of your hand!  Keepers will talk with guests about giraffes and answer questions. Pay at giraffe feeding area near the camel exhibit. Subject to the cooperation of animals and weather.


Giraffe Feeding (per person) $3

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Girl with lorikeet

Open year-round, weather permitting and when temperatures are above 55 degrees.

Enjoy a real nose-to-beak experience as you stroll through this beautiful aviary surrounded by brilliantly colored, friendly birds that will eat nectar right out of your hand!  Nectar may be purchased at the exhibit.


1 Cup of nectar $2

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