Wildlife Encounter

Bears, River Otters, Bobcats, Nocturnal House, Birds of Prey and more!

Two New Cubs are welcomed to Ober Gatlinburg in 2012!

Bear Cub

Ober Gatlinburg’s Wildlife Encounter is proud to announce the birth of 2 black bear cubs, born January 31, 2012 to Minnie and BJ.  The female, Holly, and her brother, Chief, made their public debut on Wednesday, May 9th

Our  Nocturnal Houseincludes various species of native Smokies wildlife such as raccoons, skunks, flying squirrels, turtles, and snakes.   See our River Ottersplaying at the underwater viewing area, and our Birds of Prey in an enclosed aviary.

Eventually fox and other native species will also have homes at this new facility.

*Some animals do hibernate in the winter and may not be available for viewing.*

Ticket valid for unlimited visits the day of purchase. Ages 6 or under must be with adult age 18 or older. No Food or Drink is allowed in the Wildlife Encounter.


Wildlife Encounter $7.00 for adults ages 12 and older
$5.00 for children ages 5 - 11
no coupons


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Wildlife EncounterHours for Sunday, November 23rd - Saturday November 30th, 2014 10:00a6:45p 10:00a7:45p 10:00a7:45p 10:00a7:45p 10:00a9:45p 10:00a9:45p 10:00a9:45p