Sloth Encounter Details:
Scooter’s last day at the farm is Sunday, October 27. All of the weekday sloth encounters are now booked. Saturday, October 26 & Sunday, October 27 sloth encounters will be booked on a first come, first served basis in the petting zoo tent in the activity area. Thank you to everyone that showed Scooter some love this fall at Jerry Smith Farm.
During the week (Tuesday-Friday) sloth encounters are by appointment only and will be scheduled in 15 minute increments starting at 4:15 and the last encounter is scheduled for 7:30. Guests can call 847-849-6303 between the hours of 5 – 7:30 pm Tuesday through Thursday to schedule a reservation. If leaving a voicemail please leave name, number and preferred day and time slot. Your reservation is not secured unless confirmed by Animal Encounters. On weekends the encounters will begin at 10:30 and are first come first serve. Animals will take intermittent breaks throughout the day and will be determined by handler as needed.
The encounter last 5-10 minutes and are $25 for a one on one. The max amount of people in encounter area at a time is 2 and second person will be charged $10. NO other people will be allowed in the encounter area, no picture takers, extra toddlers, etc. 2 people only. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. No exceptions.
Rules: Handler will go over rules and directions with guest. It is recommended that guests wear long sleeves and pants for encounter as sloth does have strong claws. Handler will have guest sit down with a towel/blanket in lap and place sloth in lap. Guests are not allowed to touch the head, claws, or legs. They are only permitted to pet the sloths back. Guests are allowed to take photographs on personal device ie cell phone/camera.
Appointments are subject to cancellation and reschedule due to severe weather if Jerry Smith Pumpkin Farm closes. If guest wishes to cancel appointment they are asked to do so at least 24 hours prior to scheduled time.
For wallaby or armadillo encounters. Same as above except cost is $10 per encounter. Second person will still be charged $10.