ZOOLOGICAL WILDLIFE CONSERVATION CENTER &

THE SLOTH CAPTIVE HUSBANDRY RESEARCH CENTER

RAINIER, OREGON

   

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SAFETY, RULES

INFORMATION:

PROGRAMS

VISITOR

COMMENTS:

The following are

mandatory. They are a compilation of Federal, State, County, Facility and insurance rules, policies, regulations and laws. It is your responsibility to ensure that your group complies.

Programs, dates, times, prices are ALL subject to change at anytime, without notice.

We reserve the right to refuse anyone access to our animals or programs, without reason.

Some programs require only a non-refundable deposit in order to secure/make a reservation.  Balance due on arrival - exact CASH only.  This helps us keep costs down by saving us the HIGH cost of processing fees.

Pricing Algorithm: expense of Federal & State facility requirements to allow "civilians" on-site + inside wildlife habitats + allow direct contact with wildlife + insurance for each of the foregoing components + cost of complete facility wide staffing to allow "civilians" to do all of the foregoing.  Basically, it's EXPENSIVE to allow civilians to walk on-site and then enter a habitat and THEN have direct physical contact with wildlife!!!!!!

Refunds, cancellations, rescheduling: No refunds. You can log into your booking account and reschedule up to 7 days before your visit. You can also "gift" or "transfer" your tickets to another party (we need advance notice so we can change our release of liability records).

Every guest visitor must be accompanied by a completed Release of Liability form (which will arrive as a link in your Booking  Confirmation email).

Well-fitting, closed-toed footwear that can withstand stepping in water, mud, poop and a germicide bath is MANDATORY.

"PROTECTIVE CLOTHING" is MANDATORY year-around!!!  Refer to individual programs for specifics as dress codes vary depending on program.

EVERYONE must remain calm and quiet while wildlife is present. EVERYONE must stay in the common asphalt area or with a Guide at all times.  Do NOT roam alone - we are NOT a "zoo."

Refer to individual programs for additional age, height, weight requirements.

Minors and mentally disabled must be accompanied by a participating adult parent or legal guardian and under the STRICT and DIRECT CONTROL of said parent/ legal guardian at all times. 

Pregnant and disabled visitors will only be allowed highly limited interactions with select species of animals, many species will be entirely off limits.

Visitors with allergies, cold, flu or other illness symptoms of any kind can not participate in primate encounters.

Visitors with allergies to nuts of any kind, fish, shellfish, seafood, etc., wheat/gluten, soy, are not permitted access to many species of animals.

Programs begin with a MANDATORY Safety Orientation. Don't be late.

No videoing permitted.

Encounters held INSIDE species habitats are not handicap accessible.

Guests must arrive smoke/odor free.

Any and all cuts, scratches and abrasions MUST be covered.

No smoking!!!

No food or drinks in animal areas.

Zookeepers oversee ALL guest feedings of animals.

Do NOT pick up any animals. This includes the domestic dogs/cats.

Only pet animals as specifically instructed - otherwise DON'T TOUCH

No personal pets on facility grounds, this includes our parking area.

Gates open approx 10-15 minutes before your program/party/tour

encounter begins.

Park where instructed by traffic co-coordinator and STAY IN YOUR VEHICLE until an Intake Staff person comes to check you in and gives you further instructions.

Viewing Only means - "viewing only" - we simply would rather people that just want to "look" go to a "for public entertainment" "zoo."  We like keeping our very limited spaces open for people that are coming to support our Mission and learn.  We HIGHLY recommend Oregon Zoo Portland, Northwest Trek, Woodland Park Zoo Seattle, and Point Defiance Zoo Tacoma.

Select few encounters offer a "Viewing Only Companion" option, but most do not.  There simply is not enough space inside the enclosed habitat for non-participating guests, plus the animals simply do not know who is participating and who is not.

Given many factors, there is no way for your "friend" to "just stand outside and take pictures" as the habitats are either HUGE, enclosed, or "lurkers" are a serious distraction for the wildlife.

Our staff is more than happy to take some pictures of you with the animals, with your camera.  Just ask!

Restroom facilities are "Honey Bucket" style.

Hand washing station is a portable outdoor unit with soap, water, towels and hand sanitizer.

DRESS APPROPRIATELY you will be jumped on by the free-ranging animals -- if you find these over eager behaviors off-putting, then we are most definitely NOT the conservation center you should be visiting.

You should expect wind, rain, snow, slush, mud and muck and all sorts of slippery and uneven terrains to be traversed - there will be poop on the grounds from free-ranging animals (swans, cranes, kangaroos, etc.)

Yes, ALL animals can and will bite, including the humans!

Parking on our grounds is at your own risk.

 

 

We are a research, learning and teaching facility.

Program attendance is available by reservation only.

 

 

The Snow Leopard Cubs are ready to come out and socialize!

They won't be available for long as they grow FAST!

Snow Leopards are only one of the many critically endangered, rare and delicate

species ZWCC keeps in their conservation projects.

 

Programming is SEASONAL, and changes based on our projects,

which limits how far out we can accept reservations.

 

SUMMER 2014 PROGRAMS

Ends around September 15th

 

WINTER 2014 PROGRAMS

September - mid-December

Christmas Holiday Season

Valentine Holiday

March - mid-June

 

Only a partial Schedule is available at this time as we are still firming a few things up.  Complete Schedule will hopefully post near the end of August.