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Feeding Animals at the Zoo vs Animal Experiences at Tanganyika

As an animal lover, visiting a zoo or wildlife park is an exciting opportunity to see a variety of fascinating creatures up close. You probably know that Tanganyika is so much more than a typical zoo. Tanganyika strives to connect guests with nature through up-close, interactive encounters and experiences!


You can giggle about the giraffe slobber on your hand, feel the soft toe pads of a lemur as they sit in your lap, sip drinks in the shade of Luna’s canteen, or discover how soft a kangaroo’s fur is. Tanganyika is the only wildlife park in the world where you can feed lorikeets, touch a rhino nose, get stuck in the middle of a lemur stink fight, high-five an owl monkey, and swim with penguins, all in one day.


While many zoos offer the chance to feed animals at the zoo, Tanganyika Wildlife Park takes the experience to a whole new level with their interactive animal encounters. Let’s explore the difference between feeding animals at the zoo and the unique experiences offered at Tanganyika.

A Look at Tanganyika’s Animal Encounters

At Tanganyika Wildlife Park, guests have the opportunity to not only see a wide range of exotic and endangered animals but also interact with them in ways that are both thrilling and educational. The park offers premium animal experiences that go beyond just feeding the animals.
Imagine the excitement of high-fiving a kangaroo, coming face-to-face with an okapi, or even cuddling with lion cubs. These are just a few of the exclusive encounters available at Tanganyika. Visitors can also meet pygmy hippos, penguins, porcupines, owl monkeys, lemurs, otters, servals, and foxes in intimate settings designed for close interaction. 

But animal encounters are part of every visit to Tanganyika. Each single day admission ticket includes to opportunity to feed animals. The basic pass comes with five feedings, and Plus Pass and Best Day bundle guests get UNLIMITED animal encounter feedings. 

Guests can choose between 9 different feeding stations including:

  • Giraffe
  • Ring-tailed Lemurs
  • Indian Rhino
  • Pygmy Hippo
  • Lorikeets
  • Tortoises 
  • Bunnies 
  • Guinea Pigs
  • African Penguins (for an additional fee)

These animal encounters allow guests to form a deeper connection with the animals and learn about their behaviors, habitats, and conservation status from knowledgeable staff members. It’s an unforgettable way to appreciate the incredible diversity of the animal kingdom.

How Tanganyika’s Animal Feeding Zoo Experiences Compare to Animal Encounters

While feeding animals at the zoo can be a fun and engaging activity, it often lacks the educational and immersive elements that make Tanganyika’s animal encounters so special. Many zoos offer the opportunity to purchase food to give to animals like giraffes, parrots, or goats, but these experiences are typically brief and limited in scope.

In contrast, Tanganyika’s zoo experiences are designed to be more interactive and informative. When you participate in an animal feeding at Tanganyika, you’ll have the chance to learn about the animal’s diet, habitat, and behavior from expert staff members. You may even get to see the animal up close and observe their unique characteristics and personalities.

For example, when feeding the giraffes at Tanganyika, you’ll learn about their long, prehensile tongues and how they use them to strip leaves from trees in the wild. You’ll also discover that each giraffe has a unique pattern of spots, much like human fingerprints.

Similarly, when feeding the lorikeets, you’ll learn about their specialized brush-tipped tongues that allow them to feed on nectar and pollen in their native habitats. You may even have one of these colorful birds land on your arm or shoulder as they eagerly sip nectar from a cup in your hand.

These educational elements make feeding animals at Tanganyika a much more enriching experience compared to simply tossing food pellets to animals at other zoos.

Contact us here if you have any questions about our animal encounters or feeding experiences. We’re always happy to help you plan your visit!


How Close Animal Encounters and Feeding Animals at the Zoo Inspires Wildlife Conservation

One of the most important aspects of animal encounters and feeding experiences at Tanganyika is their ability to inspire a passion for wildlife conservation. By allowing guests to interact closely with animals and learn about their unique characteristics and needs, these experiences foster a sense of empathy and appreciation for the natural world.

When you have the chance to look into the eyes of a rhino, feel the soft hands of a lemur, or watch a penguin waddle across the ground, it’s impossible not to feel a sense of wonder and connection to these incredible creatures. This connection can be a powerful motivator for people to take action to protect animals and their habitats.

Throughout the animal encounters and feeding experiences at Tanganyika, staff members share information about the conservation status of each species and the threats they face in the wild. Visitors learn about the impact of habitat loss, poaching, climate change, and other human activities on animal populations and what they can do to help.

By participating in these experiences, guests not only gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the animals but also become more invested in their conservation. Many people leave Tanganyika feeling inspired to make changes in their own lives to reduce their impact on the environment and support conservation efforts.

In addition to raising awareness about conservation issues, Tanganyika Wildlife Park also directly supports conservation efforts through its non-profit organization, the Tanganyika Wildlife Foundation. The foundation funds research, education, and conservation projects both locally and globally, working to protect endangered species and their habitats.

For more on how you can support wildlife conservation efforts, read our blog and consider making a donation to the Tanganyika Wildlife Foundation. Every contribution makes a difference in the fight to protect our planet’s incredible biodiversity.

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