Animal Care Experiences

Animal Care Experiences

Nurse shark swimming

Animal Care Experiences

Take a step closer to meet our resident animals and get the most from your visit! We recommend taking part in some of our hands-on Animal Care Experiences to learn how our team feeds, interacts with and keeps our resident animals healthy. Each program includes a photo with our animals!*

Pick Your Animal Experience

animal experiences chartDolphin and Animal Care Assistant for the dayDolphin EncounterPelican EncounterShark EncounterOtter EncounterFeed RufusPhoto with a Dolphin

Animal experiences may vary session to session. Feeding opportunities are not guaranteed.
Animal Care experience with dolphin specialist at platform

Dolphin and Animal Care Assistant

Assist the Animal Care Team with dolphin, otter and pelican care for a day, including food preparation and animal enrichment.

girl touching Nicholas during dolphin care experience

Dolphin Care Experience

Work next to a CMA Animal Care Specialist. Includes feeding and training poolside with a resident dolphin.

girl standing with ricky during pelican experience

Pelican Care Experience

During this 30 minute encounter you will get to assist animal care specialists while they care for our resident pelican, Ricky, who played the role of Rufus in Dolphin Tale! Learn all about great white pelicans and get up close to experience the daily care we provide. Includes a souvenir photo.

boy touching nurse shark during animal program at aquarium

Shark Care Experience

Get up-close on a platform to assist with feeding and target training our two nurse sharks.

child enjoying otter experience at aquarium

Otter Care Experience

Have your photo taken with one of our resident otters! Includes the opportunity to feed an otter and a souvenir photo to take home.

feed rufus the pelican

Feed Rufus the Star of Dolphin Tale

Feed fish to our pelican, Ricky, who played the role of Rufus in Dolphin Tale.

girl posing for a photo with dolphin on platform

Photo With a Dolphin

Have your picture taken with one of our resident dolphins! Includes a souvenir photo you can take home with you.

Winter's Wonderland

Gift Certificates

Gift certificates can be used to purchase any CMA programs, including admission, animal programs, behind the scenes and boat tours. You can also use the certificate toward annual passes, or to symbolically adopt your favorite CMA animal friend.

puffer fish

Feed a Puffer Fish

Meet our fun and friendly striped burrfish, a type of pufferfish to feed and learn more about this species.

Times: 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM at the touch tank in the lower level next to Shark Pass.
Price: $5.00
Please note:

  • Educational presentation will be given before feeding.
  • Puffers will interact with the guest and come right up to the tongs to get their food.
  • Guests will use special tongs to feed small pieces of krill or fish to the puffers.
  • 5 tickets per session will be sold at $5 a piece to feed the puffers.
  • Guests will have staff assist with feeding.
  • Ages 5 and up.
*Does not include photo.
stingrays

Feed a Stingray

Experience what it is like to feed fish to a stingray.

Times: 10:30 AM, 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM daily at Stingray Beach.
Price:  Seasonal Pricing applies, check the date of your visit for program pricing information.

Please check with guest services upon arrival for feeding times and availability.

During all animal interactions, no jewelry can be worn and there are no exceptions. Please prepare accordingly.
*Does not include photo.

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