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Wildlife Encounters

1:00 PM or 1:30 PM

Meet Josh the Bear……………………$40.00 per person*

Come along on a VIP tour with one of our trained Animal Care Staff for an informative encounter with Josh the Bear! You will be taken behind the scenes to meet the world famous Black Bear, Josh. Learn about Black Bears, their place in the Florida ecosystem, and how Josh came to live at Flamingo Gardens. You will also have the opportunity to hand feed Josh. Not available for children under 8 years of age. Tours daily at 1:30 PM.


Florida Panther Encounter ……………………….$40.00 per person*

Get up close and personal with a Florida native big cat. Admission is not included. All participants must be at least 8 years of age. Encounter will be at 1:00 pm and must be booked at least 7 days in advance. A face mask and closed toe shoes are a requirement for this encounter.


Flamingo Encounter……………$35.00 per person*

Flamingo Encounters are temporarily suspended due to protect our birds from avian influenza 

Animal Experience Tours will be at 1:00 or 1:30 and must be booked at least 7 days in advance. *Price is in addition to admission. Admission tickets must be purchased separately.

  • All opportunities to meet Josh and feed him will depend fully on his cooperation.
  • Bear and Flamingo Experiences are not available for children under 8 years of age.
  • You will be required to sign an agreement that will include proper procedures, etiquette, and all rules that apply to the encounter.
  • All participants are required to wear close-toed shoes and will have to disinfect shoes by stepping in a half inch deep shoe bath before entering the back area.
  • Program will occur rain or shine.  Flamingo Gardens reserves the right to reschedule the experience due to weather.
  • You must check in at the front gate 30 minutes prior to the start time of your experience.  The behind the scenes nature of this experience makes a late start not possible.
  • Cancellations must be made 24-hours in advance of scheduled experience date to receive full refund. We will do our best to reschedule your trip, or you may receive a credit toward a future visit. Please note that no shows the day of your scheduled visit will forfeit all payments.