WILDLIFE ENCOUNTER

OWLS.. OTTERS.. AND BEARS.. OH MY!!

MEET OUR ANIMAL FRIENDS AT OBER

Ober Gatlinburg’s Wildlife Encounter is proud to share with visitors our black bear family, including Minnie and BJ, and their now grown 6 yr olds, Holly and Chief.

See our River Otters playing at the underwater viewing area, our beautiful Bobcats and our Birds of Prey in an enclosed aviary. Eventually fox and other native species will also have homes at this new facility.

Our Nocturnal House includes various species of native Smokies wildlife such as raccoons, skunks, flying squirrels, turtles and snakes.

The Wildlife Encounter at Ober Gatlinburg is a privately funded, municipally sponsored zoo, licensed by the U.S.D.A. as an exhibitor. It has been put in place to provide people with an up close viewing of native wildlife in a safe environment. State law in Tennessee protects native wildlife from live capture and trade, and restricts possession of live animals to municipal zoos and university facilities. No wild animals are ever captured for exhibition; all new acquisitions are from other U.S.D.A. licensed zoos or are rescue animals.

No Food or Drink is allowed in the Wildlife Encounter.

NOTE: Some animals hibernate in the winter and may not be available for viewing.

$8
Ages 12 & Older
$5

Ages 5 – 11
( 4 & Under Free )

WILDLIFE ENCOUNTER
DAYS & HOURS OF OPERATION

Ticket Sales End 1/2 Hr Before Closing Time

 Monday10:00 am - 7:00 pm
 Tuesday10:00 am - 7:00 pm
 Wednesday10:00 am - 7:00 pm
 Thursday10:00 am - 7:00 pm
 Friday10:00 am - 7:00 pm
 Saturday10:00 am - 7:00 pm
 Sunday10:00 am - 7:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE: During winter months (Dec, Jan, Feb) the Bears may be in hibernation, so out of public view.

ADULT

CHILD

$8
Ages 12 & Older
$5

Ages 5 – 11
( 4 & Under Free )

INCLUDED WITH

PREMIUM WRISTBAND

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BLACK BEARS
including our own 2 generation family
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RIVER OTTERS
Underwater viewing area
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RACCOONS
Mischievous & highly intelligent
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BOBCATS
An indigenous top predator
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OWLS
Birds of Prey in an enclosed aviary
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FLYING SQUIRRELS
Native Smokies wildlife
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SKUNKS
Always look at the front!
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SNAKES
and other local reptiles

The bears are off exhibit while in hibernation, but all the other animals are awake and out in all but the most extreme weather. The bobcats and otters both very much enjoy playing in the snow throughout the winter. All of the animals inside are also available for viewing throughout the winter.