Wild Encounter: Goat Painting Experience

Join the Animal Care Team and our talented “VanGoat” artist during a painting session! Your group will choose two colors for this unique work of art, and take home the painting from this unforgettable experience. You’ll also learn about the positive reinforcement training that helped him become an artist, and how this enrichment activity fits into the high standards of care for animals at the Zoo.


  • Meet at the Petting Zoo area of Outback Station 15 minutes before the Goat Painting experience.
  • Please note that availability is limited for this experience.
  • Includes one (1) take-home canvas per registered group.

Saturdays at 3:15 p.m. starting May 20, 2023.

$75 per group of up to four people, + individual Zoo Admission  |   Includes one painting per group of four people.
$67.50  |  Includes one painting per group of four people.
Petting Zoo
All ages
  • Youth 15 years old and under must be accompanied by a ticketed adult.
  • There must be one ticketed adult for every two ticketed children 15 years old and under.
  • Youth 3 and under must remain with their adult group members at all times.

What to expect:

  • Participants will meet with an Education Team Member and be introduced to the vital concept of enrichment at Zoo Atlanta, followed by an opportunity to watch a positive reinforcement training session with a goat that includes painting.
  • To ensure the safety of our animals and guests while behind the scenes, all instructions from Zoo team members must be followed. Participants not following instructions will be asked to leave the program and will not receive a refund.
  • Participants may bring phones/cameras and are permitted to take pictures of the encounter; however, video recording is not permitted.
  • Participants must wear closed-toed and closed-heeled shoes. Flip flops, sandals, etc. are not permitted in behind-the-scenes areas.
  • Strollers and wagons are not allowed in behind-the-scenes areas and will need to be left in the stroller parking area outside the Petting Zoo.
  • Clothes may get dirty during the experience, so please plan accordingly. Paint may get on clothes, and while it is washable and non-toxic, we advise taking this into consideration.


  • Some behind-the-scenes and encounter spaces may not be fully accessible, due to uneven terrain, tight spaces, potential for loud sounds, and/or low lighting. Accommodations vary depending upon the program. Please contact our Education Department at 404.624.5822 or education@zooatlanta.org for specific information concerning accessibility and accommodation.

Safety Policies:

  • Due to animal safety regulations, guests who have been outside of the United States or Canada within the 10 days prior to the program will not be allowed to participate.
  • We ask all program participants to view the brief health screening prior to coming to the Zoo for your encounter.
  • Face masks are not required for this encounter.
  • All participants are required to complete a digital waiver PRIOR to your encounter date.
  • If you or a member of your party are feeling unwell, please visit us another time.

Reservation Policies:

  • Full payment is due upon reservation.
  • A digital waiver must be completed by each participant or guardian every time in order to participate.
  • Participants 17 years old and under attending without a parent or guardian must complete a digital waiver signed by a parent or guardian.
  • Refunds or reschedules will not be issued for no-shows.
  • Cancellations received more than 7 days before the scheduled visit will receive a full refund.
  • Reschedule requests received less than 7 days prior to your scheduled program date will incur a 10% reschedule fee, based upon the total cost of your reservation.
  • Guests will not receive a refund and reschedules due to rain.
  • In the event of extreme or inclement weather conditions, within 15 minutes of the program start time, you will be contacted by Zoo Atlanta and offered a refund (of program cost, only) or the opportunity to reschedule.
  • Parking is conveniently located in the lot on Cherokee Avenue and in the new Grant Park Gateway parking facility on Boulevard. Rates are $3 an hour for a maximum of $12 a day.

Zoo Admission:

  • Zoo Admission is not included with your encounter. If you are not a Member, you will need to also purchase General Admission tickets. Tickets may be purchased in advance on our website or at the front gates, but will cost less if purchased online in advance.
  • When purchasing your admission tickets, select any time slot on the same date as your encounter. You will be able to enter at any time the front gates are open by showing your General Admission ticket and encounter reservation.

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