Capybara Experience


At a Glance


12 Noon

Offered Daily


30 minutes

Age Interest:

Adults and children ages 8+, one adult per child required.

Members $15 pp

Non-Members $20 pp

(zoo admission not included)




The newest experience offered at the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society allows you to safely meet and feed the world’s largest rodents! The "Capybara Experience" brings you behind-the-scenes at the Zoo’s cenote in the Harriet W. & George D. Cornell Tropics of the Americas section to meet Doris, Calypso and Siren, the Zoo’s one-year-old female capybaras.  Take some photos, learn some amazing facts, and sit back and relax as the world’s largest rodents come up and nibble on some greens right from your hand.   

“We are proud to offer this unique experience for animal-lovers who want to come even closer to wildlife,” explained Nancy Nill, Associate Curator for the Zoo. “Many of our guests may not realize exactly what is a capybara, but they are interesting mammals that play an important role in the ecosystem.”

“Someone may have a misconception that because capybaras are rodents, they are therefore not worthwhile,” Nill continued. “When you come close and see them in person, you realize they are intelligent, social animals that are curious and very cute!”


  • 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.