Experience the Jaguars!

Step into the Texas Zoo Field Station and learn about Jaguar conservation and the ongoing efforts to protect these magnificent cats! After a brief overview of our 2 resident jaguars, jaX and Sophia, participants will get the chance to watch a jaguar training session up close and take some exclusive photographs. At the end of the session, try your hand as a trainer and personally give the pair a tasty treat! This encounter is unlike any other. You will be astounded by the size, beauty and immense power of these incredible cats and get as close as you could ever want.

Pricing, Group Size and Age Limits:

Jaguar Encounters are limited to 4 persons per session. 
Ages 13 & up. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a paying adult. Zoo admission is not included in the program price. Payment will be collected when registrants arrive to the zoo on the day of their encounter.

Session Days and Times:

7 days a week; Every hour on the half hour 
Between 10AM to 3PM
The Texas Zoo reserves the right to cancel the jaguar encounter at any time, for any reason. 

How to Book Your Encounter

To guarantee your spot at a Jaguar Encounter, we recommend that guests call Wildlife Junction,
(361) 573-7681, to make their reservation. Feeling spontaneous? Guests may also make their reservation for an encounter any time in our gift shop. Our staff will add you to the next available encounter for the day.

What do I need to know after I book a Jaguar Encounter?

  1. Arrive to the zoo 30 minutes before your scheduled encounter time. Guests arriving late are not guaranteed a spot in our next available jaguar encounter.
  2. Bring a camera! This is a unique experience and our staff would love to help you remember it forever with photographs.