Black Bear Experience


At a Glance


10 AM

Friday through Monday


45 minutes

Age Interest:

Adults and children ages 10+, one adult per child is required.


Members: $40 pp

Non-Members: $50 pp

(zoo admission not included)



Are you ready to get a little closer to some bears at the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society? Come join Lewis and Clark, the North American black bear brothers, during the “Black Bear Experience!” This unique experience allows you to safely feed the bears their favorite sweet treat.

The interactive encounter and education program includes a behind-the-scenes “bear lair” tour of the brothers’ night house. Feed Lewis and Clark organic, locally-grown honey in protected contact, while learning about bear conservation and how zookeepers care for Lewis and Clark. Find out simple choices you can make that help keep wild bears safe, all while snapping photos and making memories to last a lifetime.

“Lewis and Clark are excellent ambassadors for their species,” said Nancy Nill, Associate Curator at the Zoo. “The brothers are popular with Zoo guests, so we are proud to offer the unique, up-close experience where guests will learn more about them, see if they are ‘smarter than your average bear,’ participate in a training session and then reward the bears by feeding them organic, locally-grown honeycomb.”


  • Experience fee does not include zoo admission. Admission tickets must be purchased separately.
  • Experience must be registered in advance.
  • Program will occur rain or shine.  The Zoo reserves the right to reschedule the experience due to weather.
  • You must check in at the front gate 30 minutes prior to the start time of your experience.  The behind the scenes nature of this experience makes a late start not possible.
  • Due to the behind the scenes nature of this experience, closed-toed shoes must be worn.


Contact Us

Palm Beach Zoo

1301 Summit Boulevard
West Palm Beach, Florida 33405-3035
(561) 547-9453

Support for the Palm Beach Zoo is provided by:

Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.