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Virtual Critter Connection

Experience Henry Vilas Zoo in a whole new way! Add a virtual animal program to your school, camp, or community group calendar.

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Flexible Scheduling

Don’t see a date that works for you? Contact us at and we can often find another day that will work!

What is a Virtual Critter Connection Program

We’re excited to add virtual programming to our zoo programs. Our Virtual Critter Connection is a 30 minute virtual education program for small groups of up to 20 people.

Small groups allow us to make the programs personal and interactive.

After you register your group, we will provide you with a Zoom link and instructions. On the scheduled day and time, your group members sign in to Zoom through the link to join our educators and Animal Ambassadors, which may include a selection of invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, and small mammals.

Some animals you may see:

  • Ball python
  • Red rat snake
  • African pygmy hedgehog
  • Giant African millipede
  • Madagascar hissing cockroach
  • Ornate box turtle

Due to the unpredictable nature of live animal programs, we cannot make any guarantees which animals will be available on any particular day.

We will add more dates as they become available.

Pay as You Can

We want our programs to be accessible to everyone. The cost of our program is $30. We ask that you pay what you are able, whether that be a minimum donation of $15, covering the full $30 program fee, or covering your fee, plus someone else’s fee, or whatever amount you are able to pay to help the Zoo!

Questions about Critter Connections?

Contact the Education Department at