Anyone who’s wanted to get nose-to-nose with a lemur or feed a giant anteater will definitely want to check out Brevard Zoo’s newest animal encounters.
Billed as “Lemur Rendezvous” (which was officially introduced on January 23) and “Jungle Encounter” (debuting on February 13), these premium behind-the-scenes experiences “whisk guests off the boardwalk and into the world of our animals,” according to Michelle Smurl, director of animal programs at the Zoo.

The hour-long Lemur Rendezvous begins with a kayaking trip to “Little Madagascar,” the lush island home of the Zoo’s ring-tailed lemur troop. Participants may come within inches of these charismatic primates, affording unique photo opportunities. An animal keeper will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about the lemurs’ natural history.

Jungle Encounter, a half-hour experience, features animals from the rainforests of central and South America. Guests may have the opportunity to feed an anteater and interact with a sloth and tamandua. Tours begin on February 13 to coincide with the Zoo’s Sloth Skedaddle 3k.

“We’re offering something very special, something you can find in very few places,” said Smurl. “Connecting with animals on this level is indescribable. It’s magical.”

Both of these experiences will be available on Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. Age restrictions apply and each tour is limited to a small number of participants. Tickets must be purchased in advance online at or in person at the Zoo’s ticket booth. Prices are $34.95 for Jungle Encounter and $44.95 for Lemur Rendezvous. Zoo admission is also required.

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