"The Wild Side"

Now Open!

Small zoo, BIG experience! We have several exotic species from around the world! Check out the list below for a list of animals currently on exhibit! Located inside Panhandle Exotics and open to the public 6 days a week! We are currently doing a "soft opening" and will be adding more over time!

Animals on exhibit


Hands on encounters are available with Sloths, 3 Banded Armadillo (limited time only), baby American Alligator, Screaming Armadillos, Naked Mole Rats (encounters only, not currently on display), Virginia Opossum babies (for a limited time only), and Frilled Dragon for additional fee! There is a 15 minute time limit for Sloth encounters to prevent stressing them.  Children under 12 must have a paying adult present.  Encounter price does not include admission, they must be purchased separately / person.  . 

To schedule an encounter follow these simple steps:

1. Add admission to cart. (option below)

2. Add the encounter(s) to cart. (option below)

3. Repeat for anyone in your group wanting to participate.

4. Check out.

While checking out, it will give you an option to send us a note.  Use this space to enter the day and time you would like the encounter.

Encounters are available Tuesday - Sunday, 12 - 5pm.


Panhandle Exotics

37 N Navy Blvd

Pensacola, Florida. 32507

Zoo Hours

Mondays, Closed

Tuesdays - Sundays, 12pm - 6pm

* We are located in the Central Time Zone.

How are we doing?

If you have visited our zoo, let us and others know what you think about your experience! Feedback is always appreciated! We are always looking for ways to improve so please let us know of any suggestions!