OTTER ADVENTURE: OPENS SPRING 2024

SCHEDULE: Opens Spring 2024
TIMES: 11:45 AM 
COST: $150 for 1 to 2 participants
LOCATION: The Swamp

Welcome to the Otter Adventure! On this Otterly Amazing Adventure, you will have an opportunity to get up close and meet an otter. You will also learn about all about otters and how important they are to the health of our waterways.

Please note, Zoo admission and parking are not included in the Otter Adventure price.

Click here for Otter Adventure Waiver, FAQs, and Info

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ADVENTURE INFORMATION

Age: Participants must be at least 12 years old. A parent or adult guardian must accompany participants under the age of 17. Please ensure you are putting the correct birthdate for each participant. Children under the age of 12 cannot participate in this Adventure. If a participant is not at least 12 years old, they may be refused participation and forfeit their registration fee.
Maximum Group Size: Each adventure is limited to two participants. (The cost for the Adventure is $150 total for one or two participants. It is the same cost, so you might as well bring a friend!) 
Pictures: To keep the animals comfortable and to ensure the safety of all involved, we do not allow camera or cell phone use during Backstage Adventures. No photos can be taken in any non-public area.
Meeting Area: An animal care specialist will meet you in front of the otter habitat in the Swamp building by 11:45 a.m. The habitat is located further inside the building. Please wait in this area until an animal care specialist meets with you, do not wander away. Your Adventure will start promptly at 12:00 p.m. and cannot be extended if you are late.
You must be on time: Since you will be participating with a scheduled public feeding, this Adventure must start on time. If you are late, the adventure will proceed without you. Participants that do not show up for their registered session or choose to leave early will not be granted a refund.
Refund Policy: Refunds are only available 14 calendar days before the program date and there will be a non-refundable 25% deposit for each program. Please be aware that though it is rare, Backstage Adventures can be cancelled by Brookfield Zoo Chicago at any time due to animal welfare, dangerous weather, or staff needs. If your program is cancelled, you will be contacted with as much notice as possible to schedule another date for your adventure.
Safety Precautions: You will be required to wash your hands and wear a mask for the protection of the otter. Any refusal will mean your Adventure cannot proceed.

WHAT TO EXPECT

 

• First, you will first meet the animal care specialist in front of the otter habitat in Swamp. Next, you will be able to go behind the scenes and have an otter introduction. The care staff will demonstrate how they work with our otter through a training and safe feeding session.
• Then, you will pick out some exciting enrichment with the staff to be placed on habitat. Animal care staff will further show how they train and you may have the chance to offer some fish via protected contact. The otter will be shifted back onto habitat and you will be able to observe how they interact with the enrichment you chose.
• At the end of the Adventure, you will bid the otter farewell. The care staff will answer any additional questions you have as they guide you back to the public area of the building.
• Communication between you and the host care staff is crucial. You must be able to read, speak, and understand English without the use of an interpreter. If you are unable to participate in the program without an interpreter, please call (708) 688-8338.
• You must be attentive. Although our animals regularly work with their human caregivers, they are still wild animals and their behavior is unpredictable. It is important that you pay close attention to the guidance and instructions of the animal care specialist you are spending the morning with. Never enter any animal area without direction from the care staff. Always wait for instructions and authorization from the staff before approaching any of the animals while participating in observation, care and enrichment, and feeding sessions. Participants must be able to maneuver within the behind the scenes habitat. Participants must wear a mask and wash their hands before the Adventure begins for the protection of the animals.
• All participants are required to complete a signed liability waiver.