"Happy Capy" Experience 

At a Glance

Time: 3:00 p.m.

Offered Daily

Duration: 30 minutes

Age Requirements: Ages 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult (18+)


Members $30 per person

Non-Members $35 per person

Max 3 people per experience, mixed parties.

(Zoo admission not included)

The "Happy Capy" Experience brings you behind-the-scenes at the Zoo’s Cenote bridge in the Harriet W. & George D. Cornell Tropics of the Americas section to meet one of our female capybara sisters!  Take some photos, learn some amazing facts, and sit back and relax as the world’s largest rodent comes up and nibbles on some greens right from your hand! Please note, this experience does not allow guests to pet or touch the capybara. Guests will enjoy a close interation while seated under the supervision of zookeepers.  

“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.
  • For the safety of our animals, and the nature of the up close experience, any disruptive guest(s) will be excused from the experience without a refund.
  • 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.
  • Cancellations must be made 24-hours in advance of scheduled experience date to receive full refund. We will do our best to reschedule your trip. *Please note that no shows the day of your scheduled visit will forfeit all payments.

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