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Animal Encounters

Animal Encounters

3 reviews

About Animal Encounters

Planning a birthday party or other special event? Have ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS provide a memorable experience! From interactive animal shows to petting zoos, we offer a variety of packages to fit every need and budget- from small groups to large gatherings, we can tailor an entertaining, age-appropriate and educational program that's sure to bring lots of smiles to your guests.

We're a family-run business with many years' experience bringing people and animals together in fun and educational ways. Carefully selected for gentleness and calm demeanors, our animal friends are treated with respect and care.



By Asia L. on February 20, 2016

Even if you've made a reservation (and had family and friends make travel arrangements for the date you've reserved), Animal Encounters will bump you if a better offer comes along. A month after we reserved our date, they cancelled on us because a corporate account wanted my kids' birthday date/time. My kids are completely crushed. Highly disappointing and unreliable!

Response from Animal Encounters:

We have provided petting zoos for Ms. Ledbetter's children for three years in a row. This year, we unfortunately had to ask her to move her date, as another client's annual company picnic happened to land on the same day. We are very sorry to have inconvenienced her family, but provided her with SIX MONTH'S NOTICE and gave her numerous options, including the day before her original date and the day after. It is unfortunate that Ms. Ledbetter has chosen to provide a review trashing us as she has always been appreciative of our services. I guess you can't please everyone!

Best Party Entertainment we've ever had

By Kerri L. on September 17, 2013

I had a group of 14 11 year old boys and boy am I glad we had videos of them enjoying this show. They had so much fun they talked about it for weeks. I would recommend this group to anyone. They are kind, very generous with their time and very prepared and knowledgeable.

Hired as: Educational Entertainment, Reptile Show

Wonderful experience

By Pj S. on October 15, 2012

Animal Encounters was a big hit at my kids’ birthday party. Kim and John brought animals into our dining room for presentation and petting. The kids get to handle them and learned about them at the same time. ( 5-6 years old and couple younger ones). The presentation was very hands-on, educational and exciting. They really made our kids’ birthday party memorable. They are very professional- arrived early to set up, returned calls and emails promptly, answered questions, discussed the format/setup and recommended animal options . The rate is very reasonable and totally worth it. We are very happy with the experience and will recommend them to friends.

Hired as: Children's Party Entertainment

Booking Info

  • Fee: Contact for rates
  • Insurance: Yes


Our ENCOUNTERS programs are themed to connect with the interests of your group and are a perfect fit for birthday parties, K-8 curriculum enrichment, libraries, preschools, senior centers, clubs and scout troops. From time to time we have baby animals which can make for memorable bottle-feeding (or dropper-feeding) experiences- we try to bring them along whenever we're able and the babies are up for it.

Our ZOO FOR YOU program is great for larger birthday parties, festivals, carnivals, block parties, customer appreciation days, family reunions, barbeques- you name it, we can do it!

A fresh take on the traditional petting zoo, we provide a portable pen with barnyard favorites as well as exotics. For smaller parties, we'lly we’ll bring 20-30 animals, including a Bennett’s Wallaby, Patagonian Cavy, Mini Pig, Pygmy Goats, Sheep, Bunnies, Guinea Pigs, Chinchillas, and Bantam Chickens.

All programs can be provided indoors or outside- we've set up in barns, garages, driveways, classrooms, churches and backyards. When you book with us, we'll discuss the particulars of your location and let you know what, if any, accommodations we may need.


Invite ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS to provide a memorable experience at your next event. From small to large gatherings, we can tailor an exciting, age-appropriate and educational ENCOUNTER animal show or ZOO FOR YOU petting zoo that's sure to bring lots of smiles to your guests.

We offer a variety of ENCOUNTERS packages so you may select just the right show for your special event. Typically an hour in length, your guests will interact with a select group of fascinating creatures and hear about their origins, habitats and more. These programs are excellent entertainment choices for birthday parties, pre-schools, educational enrichment, senior centers, club meetings and other small gatherings. Whether you prefer cuddly, animals, reptiles, or arthropods (bugs!), we can bring a wonderful experience to you.

Order up a ZOO FOR YOU and we’ll set up an awesome indoor or outdoor petting zoo with lots of amazing animals, including familiar barnyard friends such as goats, chickens and charming mini pigs, as well as exotics such as wallabies and a Patagonian Cavy. ZOO FOR YOU can be set up for events lasting from one hour to all day. Got a garage? Zoo for You is great fun on a rainy day!

Animal Encounters is a family-owned business which began as an outgrowth of Kim Connolly's passion for animals and her experience as a science educator. Over the years, Kim has brought many kinds of animals to her classroom teaching and has worked as a zookeeper and zoo educator. Additionally, Kim has been a leader in 4-H programs for many years in King County, WA.

Today Animal Encounters offers the widest variety of mobile programs in western Washington state. Whether you're planning a birthday party or public event, you can count on us to provide many options to fit every need and budget!

Setup Requirements

From a simple chair to full-blown stage and lighting, there are certain configurations and needs that many performers and service providers require in order to provide the best possible experience at your event. Get a free quote request to check with Animal Encounters to find out what their setup requirements are.

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