Bearizona Trailside Encounters

Keeper Chats

Keeper Chat

See an animal up-close and talk to an animal keeper about how that species lives in the wild, what it eats, how it fits in the ecosystem, and more.

Although in most cases only the keeper touches the animals, this is an opportunity to see individual animals up close. Visitors can also watch as keepers provide enrichment and work one on one with Bearizona animals in training sessions at set times throughout the day.

Current Keeper Chat & Shows Schedule:

  • 9:40 a.m. - Bear Aware: Learn a little more about black bears and how to safely live and recreate in bear country.
  • 10:00 a.m. - Ambassador Animal Show: Watch keepers as they train our program animals.
  • 10:40 a.m. - Bobcat Chat: Learn about bobcats and how our keepers care for them at Bearizona.
  • 11:40 a.m. - Otter Feeding: Help keepers feed our otters.
  • 1:40 p.m. - Program Animal Meet-n-Greet: Get up-close and learn more about one of our many program animals.
  • 2:00 p.m. - Ambassador Animal Show: Watch keepers as they train our program animals.
  • 2:30 p.m. - Training/Enrichment Session: Watch keepers as they provide enrichment and work on training one of the animals in Fort Bearizona.

We are sensitive to the needs of the animals involved, so we cannot guarantee a particular animal will be presented on a given day at a set time. If the animal being presented gives signs of stress, the presentation may be ended.

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