ZOOLOGICAL WILDLIFE CONSERVATION CENTER &

THE SLOTH CAPTIVE HUSBANDRY RESEARCH CENTER

RAINIER, OREGON

 

  

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SAFETY, RULES

INFORMATION:

WINTER PROGRAMS & TOURS

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.

Refunds, cancellations, rescheduling: Your reservation deposit is non-refundable. YOU must log into your online 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).

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.

No videoing permitted.

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. Do NOT block our driveway.

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.

Observer means - "observing" - 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.

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.

You will be eagerly solicited for affection 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.

          

Limited Programming November - January 17th

Christmas Programming

New Year Holiday Programming

CLOSED JANUARY 18TH - MARCH 16TH

Limited Programming March 17th - June 15th

 

CAMP WITH THE WOLF AMBASSADOR PACK INCLUDING THE PUPPIES!

Holiday Special

$199.99pp

8p-7a

Currently Accepting 2015 Bookings:

June 20

July 18

August 1

August 15

August 29

September 12

 

 

 

 

JOIN THE PACK (Tundra & Timber Wolf Ambassadors)

$79.99pp

40 min.

11am One Saturday a Month until we close for Winter

 

 

 

 

FOREST WALK, PET & PLAY SESSION WITH CARNIVORE BABIES (Snow Leopard and two of the following: Siberian Lynx, Binturong, Malaysian Fishing Cat) .

$79.99pp

40 min.

Noon Saturdays Program Ends December 23rd

 

 

 

 

SLOTH SLEEP OVER (camp with the Sloth Colony in their habitat)

*Holiday Special

$249.99pp

8p-7a

8p-7a

 

 

 

 

ULTIMATE SLOTH ENCOUNTER & EXPANDED WILDLIFE ENCOUNTER

$169.99pp

approx

2.5 hrs.

1pm Saturdays

Program Ends January 19th

 

 

 

 

FEED & PET THE SLOTH  AMBASSADOR ENCOUNTER

$79.99

40 min.

1pm Sundays

A couple times a month until we close for Winter

 

*Holiday Special - reservation booking must be secured before December 24th. Sloth Sleep Over must be fulfilled before March 31, 2015. Wolf Camp must be fulfilled between June 15 and September 15, 2015.  If fulfillment dates are not met, your reservation booking deposit is forfeit.

 


 

CLOSED UNTIL SPRING

 

CAMP WITH THE WOLF AMBASSADOR PACK: *Holiday Special (see terms in chart above) Normally $249.99 per person (8pm - 7am)  6 participants per class session.

Non-refundable deposit required to secure reservation; balance due upon arrival in exact cash only, no cards or checks.

Due to the nature and duration of this program "Observer Companion" cannot be accommodated.

 

"I SURVIVED!" T-shirt - no size guarantee, but we try.

Camp inside the "Wolf Play Yard" WITH the FREE-ROAMING wolf ambassador pack.  You will "sleep" INSIDE human compatible play-yard wolf dens.  Visitors often end up sharing their bedding and pillows with at least one Wolf Ambassador.

Designed to be an extensive expansion on the below detailed "Join the Pack" program. So ALL of the protocols set for in the below "Join the Pack" program apply here.

We supply all "gear" - it's definitely camping ROUGH and "in the wild."  Bring WARM sleeping clothing you don't mind getting TOTALLY destroyed!  Shared "safe" place for camera, medications, small things is supplied - open and share at your own risk.  Drinks provided.  Food is NOT allowed inside the wolf play-yard.  Toilet facilities are Honey-Bucket style -- THAT'S as close to "luxury facilities" as your going to get on this camping trip.  Hand-sanitizer and cold running water from a hose supplied.

Children, disabled persons, and pregnant women may not participate.

 


 

ENDS SOON!!  We do hope to see this program back in the spring with the Binturongs, Malaysian Fishing Cat, Siberian Lynx & Wolf Ambassador Pup(s)

 

FOREST WALK, PET & PLAY SESSION WITH CARNIVORE BABIES (Snow Leopard, and at least two of the following: Siberian Lynx, Binturong, Malaysian Fishing Cat) $79.99 per person. 40 minute program. 5 participants.

Non-refundable deposit required to secure reservation; balance due upon arrival in exact cash only, no cards or checks.

BEING OFFERED FOR A VERY VERY VERY LIMITED TIME AS BABIES GROW FAST!!!!!!  So reservations

are only being accepted up to 4 weeks in advance.

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Given the clumsy, over-zealous, over-reactive nature of baby animals with needle sharp teeth and claws and their natural inclination to use them to cuddle and play, this encounter is NOT for children. 

Snow Leopard babies are GROWING so guests must now be at least 16 years of age. Minors must be accompanied by at least one of their parents or a legal guardian who is participating in the encounter.

Guests must arrive smoke/odor free. This includes perfumes.

Each program begins with a MANDATORY Safety Orientation. Don't be late.  Traffic, accidents, breakdowns, etc., are something YOU need to plan for.

Do NOT block our driveway. Driveway gates automatically open 10 minutes before your program begins and remain open for 10 minutes. They will not reopen after the Safety Orientation commences.

Chances of cuts, scratches, abrasions, bruises, being rolled on, jumped on, licked, kissed, hugged, pee'd on, laid on, slept on, baby bites, etc., are HIGH!

This is a FOREST WALK, visitors need to be fully prepared to be rained on, sit on the ground, or play on the ground - which means you WILL get wet and dirty and most likely acquire grass stains on your clothing.  You need to wear footwear appropriate for the weather outside!!!!  Basically, we all get down to their level (*wink*).  This program happens RAIN or shine.

Babies do what they do, when they do it and can NOT be expected to display certain behaviors and attitudes just because it is session time.  Sometimes they will be hungry, sometimes not, sometimes playful, sometimes cranky, sometimes cuddly.  We make no guarantees.  Visitors are expected to accept the babies as they are, NOT as we humans would like to manipulate/force them to be.  As stated throughout this website, this facility is 100% about the animals.  The foregoing said, our Keepers try their hardest to promote a routine that affords the babies the best possible scenario to display optimal moods and behaviors.

"Rough" play absolutely will NOT be allowed/tolerated as this teaches these future large carnivores that humans are squeaky toys, and that is NOT good when they are all grown up.  You will only be given a single warning, then you WILL be asked to leave the program without refund.  We strictly promote an atmosphere that teaches our animals that humans are for love, affection and nurturing attention.

Cost of session goes to cover the expense of insurance associated with allowing visitors on facility property; additional insurance associated with large carnivores (even when babies); additional insurance associated with visitor physical contact with wildlife; upgrade to insurance to allow visitors to have physical contact with endangered species; staffing as per federal and state licensing protocols to allow visitor entry on facility grounds, and visitors having physical contact with wildlife and endangered species; cost of maintenance and use of facility grounds for visitors; and other expenses associated with keeping of endangered species and making them available to guests for interactive contact session.

Observer Companions cannot be accommodated as "safety" barriers cannot be feasibly placed between animals and observing humans as required by law.

All guests entering facility grounds must sign a Release & Liability Waiver (arrives in your reservation confirmation email as a link to a printable form - print and bring with you. Reservation Confirmation Email is automatically sent within seconds of your securing your reservation - so be sure to check your spam folder if it does not arrive in your inbox within minutes after you secure your booking).

Long sleeves, long pants and closed-toed shoes are MANDATORY!!  DRESS APPROPRIATELY FOR THE WEATHER, including footwear.

Remove all jewelry, hats, eyewear, etc. If you don't want it ripped out, torn up or destroyed - leave it behind!

Jumpsuits available on request -- limited supply -- first come, first covered.

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 separate from your group, wander or roam - we are NOT a "zoo."

 


 

LIMITED WINTER PROGRAMMING

 

"JOIN THE PACK" $79.99 per person. 40 minute program. 8 participants per class session.

Observer Companion Pass $19.99 per person - limited to one (1) per Carnivore Participant guest.

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For those attendees that do NOT want to go inside the play-yard, you can partake from outside the play-yard yet through the deterrent fence.

For those participants that choose to go inside the play-yard, this is an off-leash "full-contact sport!" - chances of cuts, scratches, abrasions, bruises, getting knocked down, rolled on, jumped on, licked, kissed, hugged, pee'd on, clothing ripped and VERY VERY DIRTY are HIGH!

Guests must be at least 13 years of age, 50+" tall and weigh at least 80 pounds. Minors must be accompanied by at least one of their parents or a legal guardian who is participating in the encounter.

Children present a very challenging case when direct physical contact is to be had with wildlife and we will NOT sedate our animals to make them "behave" for visitors.  Also, children MUST be extremely calm, quiet, and still.

Guests must arrive smoke/odor free. This includes perfumes.

Each program begins with a MANDATORY Safety Orientation. Don't be late.  Traffic, accidents, breakdowns, etc., are something YOU need to plan for.

Do NOT block our driveway. Driveway gates automatically open approximately 10 minutes before your program begins and remain open for 10 minutes. They will not reopen after the Safety Orientation commences.

"Join the Pack" - off-leash, full-contact-sport with a pack comprised of Inner Arctic Tundra and Northwest Timber Wolf Ambassadors.

Socialize the wolf ambassador pups.

Through our Wolf Ambassadors you will learn the basics of pack dynamics and how to gain pack acceptance and earn physical contact with most if not all of the pack (gaining the pack females' trust will be your most rewarding challenge - the boys are all just big huggy kissy bruisers).

Through our Wolf Ambassadors you will learn about the current plight of the various sub-species of wild North American Grey Wolves, specifically the Inner Arctic Tundra and Timber Wolves, about habitat loss, over hunting for the fur trade, and over culling of wild packs and how this impacts the delicate natural balance of our ecosystem.  Northwest Timber Wolves are the Grey Wolf sub-species indigenous to the Pacific Northwest.

Participants will learn about all phases of captive husbandry protocols and challenges - including environmental enrichment, dietary challenges, viable breeding programs.

Wildlife does what they do, when they do it and can NOT be expected to display certain behaviors and attitudes just because it is session time.  Sometimes they will be outgoing, sometimes shy, sometimes willing to pose pretty, sometimes busy busy busy.  We make no guarantees.  Visitors are expected to accept Wildlife as they are, NOT as we humans would like to manipulate/force them to be.  As stated throughout this website, this facility is 100% about the animals.  The foregoing said, our Keepers try their hardest to promote a routine that affords the animals the best possible scenario to display optimal moods and behaviors.

We promote an atmosphere that teaches our animals that humans are for love, affection and nurturing attention.

Cost of session goes to cover the expense of insurance associated with allowing visitors on facility property; additional insurance associated with large carnivores; additional insurance associated with visitor physical contact with wildlife; upgrade to insurance to allow visitors to have physical contact with endangered species; staffing as per federal and state licensing protocols to allow visitor entry on facility grounds, and visitors having physical contact with wildlife and endangered species; cost of maintenance and use of facility grounds for visitors; and other expenses associated with keeping of endangered species and making them available to guests for interactive contact session.

"Observer Companion" is just that - observing only.  Observers are visiting to accompany YOU and support our Mission without subjecting our facility to the expense of upgraded insurance required for direct physical contact and the staffing required by law when wildlife is present.  As we are NOT a "for public entertainment" zoo, Observer guests are only allowed on facility grounds if they are accompanying an interactive encounter.

All guests entering facility grounds must sign a Release & Liability Waiver (arrives in your reservation confirmation email as a link to a printable form - print and bring with you. Reservation Confirmation Email is automatically sent within seconds of your securing your reservation - so be sure to check your spam folder if it does not arrive in your inbox within minutes after you secure your booking).

Long sleeves, long pants and closed-toed shoes are MANDATORY!!

Disabled persons and pregnant women may only participate through the deterrent fence.

Remove all jewelry, hats, eyewear, etc. If you don't want it ripped out, torn up or destroyed - leave it behind!

Jumpsuits available on request -- limited supply -- first come, first covered.

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 separate from your group, wander or roam - we are NOT a "zoo."

 


 

SLOTH SLEEPOVER: *Holiday Special (see terms in chart above) Normally $299.99 per person. (Available weekends can be reserved through our reservation system, weeknight camps must be arranged via email).

Non-refundable deposit required to secure reservation; balance due upon arrival in exact cash only, no cards or checks.

 

Limited to two people in the same group on the same night.  Single guests welcome.

Duration: 8pm - 7am - when the sloths are naturally the most active.

Guests must be at least 12 years of age, 50+" tall and weigh at least 80 pounds. Minors must be accompanied by one of their parents or a legal guardian who is participating in the encounter.

Children present a very challenging case when direct physical contact is to be had with wildlife and we will NOT sedate our animals to make them "safe" for visitors.  Also, children MUST be extremely calm, quiet, and still.

THIS IS A HIGHLY DELICATE SPECIES! Guest talking or making any unnecessary noise inside, around or near the Sloth Conservatory is strictly prohibited.

This program is an in-depth expansion on the above Feed & Pet the Sloth Ambassador Colony program and allows detailed observation and study of sloth behaviors and the difference between invasive stressful human disturbance and low-key sustained human occupancy and how when applied appropriately it can enrich an established well-socialized colony's life.

Since this program is an expansion on the above Meet the Sloth Colony program, all of the protocols in the above apply.

Rustic tent cot sized to accommodate up to two average sized adults.  Memory foam mattress, sheets, blankets, pillows included. 

Restroom facilities are miniscule, basic and rustic.  No showers or luxury amenities.

 

NOTE: Bonus Wildlife Encounter is only a part of the 3pm Sloth program, NOT the 8pm Sloth sleep over as the wildlife creatures have long since been put to bed, but, since participants are staying in the Sloth Conservatory, which is part of the Main Lodge, there are often "visitors" of the fluffy sort during your stay, especially at breakfast, but this is NOT guaranteed as part of the Sloth sleep over - purely a pleasant surprise when it presents itself.

 


 

ENDS SOON!!

 

ULTIMATE SLOTH ENCOUNTER & EXPANDED WILDLIFE ENCOUNTER

Sloth Viewing in new Education Center

Expanded Wildlife Viewing & Interaction held inside new Education Center

Sloth Feed & Pet in Sloth Ambassador Conservatory

 

$169.99 per person; Approx 2.5 hours. Strictly limited to 8 participants per class session.

Non-refundable deposit required to secure reservation; balance due upon arrival in exact cash only, no cards or checks.

 

Space is highly limited!!! 

Guests must be at least 12 years of age and 50" tall. Minors must be accompanied by at least one of their parents or a legal guardian who is participating in the encounter.

Children present a very challenging case when direct physical contact is to be had with wildlife and we will NOT sedate our animals to make them "safe" for visitors.  Also, children MUST be extremely calm, quiet, and still.

Guests must arrive smoke/odor free. This includes perfumes.

Program begins with a MANDATORY Safety Orientation. Don't be late.  Traffic, accidents, breakdowns, etc., are something YOU need to plan for.

Do NOT block our driveway. Driveway gates automatically open 10 minutes before your program begins and remain open for 10 minutes. They will not reopen after the Safety Orientation commences.

Participants will fulfill a lead roll in the environmental and social enrichment of the lives of one of our Sloth Ambassador Colonies through direct physical contact ("petting") and hand-feeding.  Participants will not "hold" a sloth as being passed from stranger to stranger to stranger to stranger to stranger is detrimentally too stressful for them.

You will learn about the on-going catastrophic impact of rampant deforestation and forest-eradication and why wild relocation attempts are failing miserably.

You will learn about the significant differences between Two-Fingered and Three-Fingered Sloths (by the way, all sloth species have three "toes")

You will learn about the severe and often overwhelming challenges of captive keeping and propagation of all sloth species.

SLOTH ARE A HIGHLY DELICATE SPECIES! Guest talking or making any unnecessary noise inside, around or near the Sloth Conservatory is strictly prohibited.

Observer Companions cannot be accommodated in this program as "safety" barriers cannot be feasibly placed between animals and observing humans as required by law.

Sloths do what they do, when they do it and can NOT be expected to display certain behaviors and attitudes just because it is session time.  Sometimes they will be hungry, sometimes not, sometimes playful, sometimes cranky, sometimes highly interactive, sometimes shy.  We make no guarantees.  Visitors are expected to accept the Sloths as they are, NOT as we humans would like to manipulate them to be.  As stated throughout this website, this facility is 100% about the animals.  The foregoing said, our Keepers try their hardest to promote a routine that affords the Sloths the best possible scenario to display optimal moods and behaviors.

We promote an atmosphere that teaches our animals that humans are for love, affection and nurturing attention.

Cost of session goes to cover the expense of insurance associated with allowing visitors on facility property; additional insurance associated with visitor physical contact with wildlife; upgrade to insurance to allow visitors to have physical contact with rare, delicate and endangered species; staffing as per federal and state licensing protocols to allow visitor entry on facility grounds, and staffing required to allow visitors to have physical contact with wildlife and endangered species; cost of maintenance and use of facility grounds for visitors; and other expenses associated with keeping of endangered species and making them available to guests for interactive contact session.

All guests entering facility grounds must sign a Release & Liability Waiver (arrives in your reservation confirmation email as a link to a printable form - print and bring with you. Reservation Confirmation Email is automatically sent within seconds of your securing your reservation - so be sure to check your spam folder if it does not arrive in your inbox within minutes after you secure your booking).

Shoes, shirt, bottoms required for Sloths program; long sleeves, long pants and closed-toed shoes required for Wildlife Encounter.

These walk-in habitats are not handicap accessible.

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 stray - we are NOT a "zoo."

 

EXPANDED WILDLIFE VIEWING & ENCOUNTER!

 

To participate in the Wildlife Encounter you MUST wear long sleeves, long pants and closed-toed shoes.

 

African Penguin

Malaysian Fishing Cat

Pallid Fox

Brushtail Bettong

Owl Monkey

Spider Monkey

Guereza Colobus

Black & White Ruffed Lemur

Cotton Top Tamarin

Musang

Binturong

 

 

 

We cannot guarantee that all wildlife species listed will be present as cranky days, sick days, etc., do happen, but we do our best to promote an atmosphere where the animals excel.

 

 

 


 

FEED & PET THE SLOTH AMBASSADOR COLONY $79.99 per person; 40 minutes. Strictly limited to 8 participants per class session.

Non-refundable deposit required to secure reservation; balance due upon arrival in exact cash only, no cards or checks.

Space is highly limited!!! 

Guests must be at least 12 years of age and 50" tall. Minors must be accompanied by at least one of their parents or a legal guardian who is participating in the encounter.

Children present a very challenging case when direct physical contact is to be had with wildlife and we will NOT sedate our animals to make them "safe" for visitors.  Also, children MUST be extremely calm, quiet, and still.

Guests must arrive smoke/odor free. This includes perfumes.

Each program begins with a MANDATORY Safety Orientation. Don't be late.  Traffic, accidents, breakdowns, etc., are something YOU need to plan for.

Do NOT block our driveway. Driveway gates automatically open 10 minutes before your program begins and remain open for 10 minutes. They will not reopen after the Safety Orientation commences.

Participants will fulfill a lead roll in the environmental and social enrichment of the lives of one of our Sloth Ambassador Colonies through direct physical contact ("petting") and hand-feeding.  Participants will not "hold" a sloth as being passed from stranger to stranger to stranger to stranger to stranger is detrimentally too stressful for them.

You will learn about the on-going catastrophic impact of rampant deforestation and forest-eradication and why wild relocation attempts are failing miserably.

You will learn about the significant differences between Two-Fingered and Three-Fingered Sloths (by the way, all sloth species have three "toes")

You will learn about the severe and often overwhelming challenges of captive keeping and propagation of all sloth species.

SLOTH ARE A HIGHLY DELICATE SPECIES! Guest talking or making any unnecessary noise inside, around or near the Sloth Conservatory is strictly prohibited.

Observer Companions cannot be accommodated in this program as "safety" barriers cannot be feasibly placed between animals and observing humans as required by law.

Sloths do what they do, when they do it and can NOT be expected to display certain behaviors and attitudes just because it is session time.  Sometimes they will be hungry, sometimes not, sometimes playful, sometimes cranky, sometimes highly interactive, sometimes shy.  We make no guarantees.  Visitors are expected to accept the Sloths as they are, NOT as we humans would like to manipulate them to be.  As stated throughout this website, this facility is 100% about the animals.  The foregoing said, our Keepers try their hardest to promote a routine that affords the Sloths the best possible scenario to display optimal moods and behaviors.

We promote an atmosphere that teaches our animals that humans are for love, affection and nurturing attention.

Cost of session goes to cover the expense of insurance associated with allowing visitors on facility property; additional insurance associated with visitor physical contact with wildlife; upgrade to insurance to allow visitors to have physical contact with rare, delicate and endangered species; staffing as per federal and state licensing protocols to allow visitor entry on facility grounds, and staffing required to allow visitors to have physical contact with wildlife and endangered species; cost of maintenance and use of facility grounds for visitors; and other expenses associated with keeping of endangered species and making them available to guests for interactive contact session.

All guests entering facility grounds must sign a Release & Liability Waiver (arrives in your reservation confirmation email as a link to a printable form - print and bring with you. Reservation Confirmation Email is automatically sent within seconds of your securing your reservation - so be sure to check your spam folder if it does not arrive in your inbox within minutes after you secure your booking).

Shoes, shirt, bottoms required.

This walk-in enclosure is not handicap accessible.

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 separate from your group, wander or roam - we are NOT a "zoo."

 

Would you like to get even closer to the sloths and to really support our Mission, please look to our Sloth Adoption Sponsorship programs.