Virtual Animal Encounters

Virtual Animal Encounters

Get wildly connected at the Roger Williams Park Zoo with our fun virtual animal encounters and experiences!

Animal Encounters
Hours, Pricing and Seasonal Availability
OPEN Nirope's Sofa Safaris (online)

Have you ever wanted to take your favorite zoo animal home with you? What if a zookeeper could answer all of your wild questions? Now you can! Choose from a variety of species to join you live in your home or classroom with our new Sofa Safaris, presented by Cardi's! With times to fit any schedule, now is your chance for a truly wild and personal encounter. Each Sofa Safari will be conducted live over Zoom with a zookeeper and your choice of animal. Get a whole new perspective on some of your favorite zoo residents with close views you can’t even get at the zoo!  Each encounter will last about 15 minutes and will give you a whole new perspective of some of your favorite zoo residents with close views you can’t even get at the zoo! Plus, each Sofa Safari you book gets you an entry into a monthly contest to win a $250 Cardi’s Furniture & Mattresses gift card!


  • Non-members: $160 for up to 10 screens, $30 to add 5 additional screens
  • Member’s: $150 for up to 10 screens, $25 to add 5 additional screens

Capacity: 20 screens This limit is to ensure that the experience remains interactive. For groups larger than 20, please reach out to us to help plan your experience.

Times: Please see below for full schedule.

Please note: At this time, we cannot add animals or exhibits that are not currently listed. See cancellation policy (below) before booking.

To book or for more information contact DJ Hill at or (401)-785-3510 ext. 352


Cancellation Policy: 

All animals have the choice to engage with us. While we do everything we can to ensure a scheduled encounter takes place at the time and exhibit discussed, we reserve the right to change the location, reschedule or cancel the encounter. If the event is cancelled by Roger Williams Park Zoo for any reason, we will attempt to reschedule your encounter. If the event is cancelled by you or your organization or because the necessary requirements are not met, the cancellation policy is as follows:

  • At least 2 weeks notice: You will be eligible for a full refund.
  • At least 1 week notice, but less than 2 weeks: 75% of your payment is eligible for a refund.
  • Less than 1 week notice but more than 48 hours: 50% of your payment will be refunded.

Less than 48 hours notice: 0% of your payment will be refunded.

OPEN Virtual Animal Experiences (online)

Surprise someone (or yourself!) with a one-of-a-kind virtual encounter. Families can gather round the screen or rally your friends for a wild night in. What better way to celebrate a birthday, liven a school day, or add a little wonder to someone's day? Best of all, your money will support the care of all Roger Williams Park Zoo animals.

Click HERE for a full list of available Virtual Animal Experiences >