Otter Swim & Encounter Tour


  • Encounter tour

  • Swimming in pool with otters


  • Otter swims: $174 per person

  • 8 person maximum for otter swims


Weekdays (Mon. - Fri.)

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Weekend Tours (Sat. - Sun.)

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

*Appointments Required*

*Changes due to weather or circumstances out of our control may occur*

Items to Bring

  • Bathing suit or swim clothes

  • Towels/change of clothes

  • Clothing and shoes appropriate for the weather (tours around the 12-acre facility require walking)

  • Waterproof cameras or GoPros

  • Picnic lunches are welcome in designated areas

  • AVOID wearing loose fitting jewelery in the pool. 

Guided Walking Tour

  • Our tour guides will show you around are beautiful property to see animals such as our eurasian lynx, free-flying macaws, servals, eagle owls, and much more. The guided animal tour is a lot of fun and provides a wonderful education experience to guests of all ages. The preserve is on about seven acres, so please dress appropriately for Louisiana hot and humid weather. We do not currently offer concessions so we encourage guests to bring lunches, snacks, and water. We do not allow guests to walk around unattended, as our exhibits are designed for guide supervision.

Ambassador Encounters

  • The encounter section of the tour is loads of fun and allows guests to meet our exciting animal ambassadors. Visitors meet kangaroo joeys in our nursery, lounge with our sloths, and play with our baby ant-eaters. Each of our encounters requires guests to stay very calm and follow instruction. During our sloth encounters, sloths are placed on a pillow on our guest's lap. We do not allow anyone to hold sloths off of their pillow or perch.

Otter Swim

  • Otter Swim Tours are 3 hours long and include a guided tour around the facility, up close interactions with our animal ambassadors, and the chance to swim with our Asian small-clawed otters! This tour is a truly unique experience found nowhere else in Louisiana. The otter swim portion of the tour includes time for changing clothes, orientation, and swimming with the otters. It is approximately 1 hour. The average time otters swim in the pool is 35 minutes. The number of otter swims are limited so that this remains a very postiive experience for our otters. While in the pool, you are an observer. We do not allow the otters to be restrained, both for the safety of you and our otters.

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