If you visit during our open hours, be sure to check out our scheduled presentations, animal exhibits and watch for keepers walking around with our scaly, furry, and feathery friends.


Private Wildlife Tours

Offered Monday & Tuesday

Book an experience you and your family will never forget. You will be escorted on a private tour around the Living Coast, visiting native wildlife such as sea turtles, sharks & rays, and eagles. Complete your tour with an up-close encounter of your choosing!

Private Group Tour includes:

  • 2-hour private tour by highly trained educator
  • Admission for up to 10 people
  • Encounter with one of our animal ambassadors
  • Options include:
    • Bird (hawk, parrots, kestrel)
    • Reptile (snake, tortoise, iguana)

Pick from the following animals:

Feed the Rays

Hand-feed our stingrays. Are they smooth or rough? You decide as you get close to one of these amazing local favorites!

Meet a Raptor

Join your guide on an up-close encounter with one of these birds.

  • Our smallest owl, the screech owl
  • Our beautiful American kestrel or Merlin, part of the falcon family
  • Our large regal, red-tailed hawk or Harris’s hawk

Living Coast - Animal Encounters - Parrot

Parrot Pandemonium

A group of parrots is called a pandemonium, and even though we only have two, they can be a handful- literally! Meet and feed our pair of mitred conures in this up-close experience.

Living Coast - Animal Encounters - Coastal Glossy Snake

Reptile Rendezvous

Pick your favorite reptile to meet and learn about.

  • Slow and steady desert tortoise
  • A local favorite, rosy boa snake
  • The “king of snakes”, our kingsnake
  • Our quick gopher snake
  • The local iguana, the chuckwalla
  • A non-native resident, Solomon Islands skink

Cancellation Policy

No refunds will be given for cancellations less than 3 days prior the scheduled encounter date. For cancellations made more than 3 days prior to the date, an 80% refund will be given. LCDC reserves the right to cancel any encounter or modify the encounter due to animal well-being.  In the event that LCDC cancels an encounter, all fees will be refunded.  Encounters are held rain or shine!

Animal Choice May Not Be Guaranteed

Animal encounters are subject to change based on the welfare and health of our animal ambassadors. We will do our best to accommodate your preferences.

Questions? Call us at 619-409-5908