Special Giraffe Encounters at Southwick’s Zoo!

Special Giraffe Encounters at Southwick’s Zoo! Are you curious about the tallest mammal on earth? Can giraffe’s run fast? How much do they eat?  Learn more about giraffes at this unique opportunity at Southwick’s Zoo!

Giraffe Encounters

You’ll enjoy a short presentation followed by the amazing experience of getting up close & personal to feed these beautiful creatures.

  • Available weekends through mid September and some Holidays
  • Tickets at the gate only for 11:30 am, 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm. Limited availability and often sells out. You are advised to get to the zoo early to purchase your tickets.
  • $20 per ticket
  • Participants will not be allowed to touch or pet the giraffes
  • For more details visit here.
Participant Age Guidelines:
  • Children ages 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult into the encounter area to help them hold their portion of browse.
  • Only one giraffe encounter ticket is required for a child aged 7 or under and the adult helping them. If encounter tickets are purchased for both the child and the assisting adult, then the child and adult will each receive one piece of browse.
Zoo Admission
  • Purchase your zoo tickets online for specific day/time
  • Children under 3 are free
  • See here for more admission options.
About Southwick’s Zoo

Prepare to be amazed viewing giraffes, lions, tigers, white rhino’s, and chimpanzees in our beautiful 200 acres of naturalistic habitats. Southwick’s Zoo is home to 850 exotic animals from around the world and our interactive exhibits are fun for all ages. Stroll leisurely through our 35 acre deer forest, where the deer roam free or ride the Woodlands Express train ride through the North American Elk habitat and wetlands. View the African Plains and other animal exhibits from new heights on our Skyfari Skyride.

Learn about your favorite wild animals, such as a kangaroo, armadillo or chameleon at the EARTH Discovery Center. Get up close and personal with farm animals, featuring chickens, goats and alpacas at our Petting Zoo. Parakeet Landing will offer you the chance to see and hear exotic birds. Don’t miss out on animal presentations, our kid’s play park, pony and camel rides, kiddie rides and so much more!


Southwick’s Zoo
2 Southwick Street
Mendon MA (508) 883-9182

Open Daily 10 am-5 pm

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