Experience Animal Encounters with Kids at This Must-Visit Destination

Animal Encounters Tanganhika WildlifeThank you to Tanganyika Wildlife for partnering with us on this article and sharing about their animal encounters for OKC families!

Are you and your family looking for a fun and unique adventure that’s just a short drive away from Oklahoma City? Look no further than Tanganyika Wildlife Park, where you can experience the thrill of up close encounters with animals, including swimming with African penguins! 

The park is located in Goddard, Kansas, just a 2.5-hour drive from Oklahoma City. It’s a great destination for a day trip or a weekend getaway, and there’s plenty to see and do for visitors of all ages.

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10 Animal Encounter Feeding Stations: Lemurs, Giraffes, Rhinos, Hippos, & More

Big adventures, accessible price points! Tanganyika offers a variety of exciting animal encounters. 10 encounter feeding stations are included with most admission tickets. You and your family can feed the friendly lemurs, get up close and personal with towering giraffes, and even meet a rhino or a hippo! With so many unique experiences to choose from, Tanganyika is the perfect place for families who are looking to create unforgettable memories together.

One of the most popular animal encounters at Tanganyika is the Giraffe Feeding Experience. These gentle giants will come right up to you and eat out of your hand! It’s an incredible opportunity to get an up-close look at these magnificent animals and learn more about their behavior and habits.

Another unique experience is the Lemur Feeding Experience. You’ll get to interact with these playful primates and watch as they climb and leap around their island

But perhaps the most exciting animal encounter at Tanganyika is the Rhino Encounter. You’ll get to meet and feed one of these massive creatures and learn more about their role in the ecosystem. It’s an unforgettable experience that you and your family will never forget.

Swim with African Penguins

Everyone loves penguins – with their tuxedo-like appearance and silly waddles, they’re some of the most beloved animals in the world. But what if you could do more than just watch them from a distance? At Tanganyika, you and your family can dive right in and swim with these fascinating birds! Tanganyika is the only place in America where guests can swim with Penguins.

Animal Encounters Tanganyika Wildlife

Tanganyika’s staff are adept at creating secure and unforgettable experiences for both the guests and the penguins. They will provide you with all the essential equipment and guidance to ensure a safe and pleasurable swim. Moreover, because the penguins have a special bond with the staff, they’ll be comfortable and relaxed in your presence, making it feel like you’re the coolest kids at the penguin pool party, and everyone’s welcome.

Get Tickets to Tanganyika Here!  *And receive a FREE penguin feeding with the purchase of the Best Day Bundle ticket option. The code is bdbpen.

Tanganyika Falls

But the animal encounters aren’t the only thing that Tanganyika has to offer. Tanganyika Falls is a water wonderland with giant dump buckets, water slides, and penguin fountains. Take a break from your animal encounters and beat the heat in the splash park. 

Tanganyika Wildlife Park is a unique adventure you and your family will never forget. So, why settle for just observing the animals on your Ipad when you can get closer than you ever imagined? Come experience the magic for yourself and make memories that will last a lifetime.

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Best Day Bundle

Looking for the ultimate family adventure? Check out Tanganyika’s Best Day Bundle which includes:

  • Park Admission
  • Unlimited Animal Feedings at the feeding stations
  • Jungle Gym Access
  • Parking Included
  • Free Early Entry – Enjoy the park an hour earlier than regular admission hours, from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day
  • Cup of Llama/Goat Food
  • Rainchecks – weather doesn’t look quite right for your visit, reschedule with no issue
  • Happy Hour at Bar (2-4 PM), from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day
  • Souvenir Cup
  • Two Animal Experiences – Choose from two of our Exclusive animal experiences, (Monthly exclusives and penguin swim not included, some experiences only for kiddos ages 8 and up)
  • Splash Park Access (Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day)

Get Your Best Day Bundle Here!

About Tanganyika: Tanganyika Wildlife Park is a family-owned and operated wildlife park in Goddard, Kansas that aims to promote conservation and education through its collection of rare and endangered animals. The park is home to over 400 animals from 100 different species, including many not commonly found in zoos or wildlife parks. Tanganyika is dedicated to connecting people with wildlife and encouraging them to become stewards of the environment. The park offers a range of educational programs and experiences, such as behind-the-scenes tours, animal encounters, and wildlife camps. Tanganyika Wildlife Park has received numerous awards for its commitment to animal welfare and conservation and is a proud member of the Zoological Association of America (ZAA) and certified by the American Humane Association (AHA).

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