Giraffe Encounter: Picnic in The Preserve


Dine with Giraffes! Picnic on the WILD side!

Pack your cooler, load the car and go on an ADVENTURE!

Our giraffe encounter welcomes you and your guests to experience The Preserve; our over 100-acre self-driven safari experience!  Start or end your visit, by enjoying lunch on our new Giraffe Dining Deck, in our Giants of Africa area of The Preserve.

Enjoy your picnic lunch while looking over our gentle giants!  In the distance, you will gather a glimpse of zebra and rhino too!

Guests will bring their own food and beverage (non-alcoholic), and enjoy 45 minutes of dining on our deck, before being greeted by one of our rangers, who will provide a 15-minute giraffe talk – covering the ins and outs, way UPS, and downs of giraffes, conservation, and specifically our two giraffes on The Preserve, Tajiri & Desmond.  Of course, the time with your ranger is your time to meet and feed our giraffes up close, get some amazing photos, and collect memories for a lifetime!

NOTE: In the event of rain or colder conditions, with the giraffe choosing to remain indoors, your picnic will take place behind the scenes in our Giraffe Barn, along side Tajiri & Desmond!  Still an awesome experience, just a different "view"!


Bring your camera!

When purchasing, you are reserving (1) table for up to (2) people - $200
Each additional guest is only $50, with a max capacity of (6) people at a table.
Admission to The Preserve, Giraffe Encounter/Picnic, Giraffe Treats included in price!

The Giraffe Dining Deck has a total of (3) tables available in September & October.  Have more than (6) guests? Reserve a second table!

This is not a private encounter; other diners may be enjoying the deck too!

** Once your order is purchased, you will receive a confirmation email/receipt from our online store team. Please present on your phone or bring printed receipt/confirmation with you to present to our PRESERVE GIFT SHOP TEAM for check-in on the day of your encounter.

-- Your admission to The Preserve is included with your encounter purchase, for all paid guests participating in the encounter.  Arrive to our gift shop 15 mins prior to encounter start.  If wishing to experience The Preserve prior to your encounter – allow 90 minutes to do so – or enjoy after your encounter with your provided entry voucher!

- No age limit on participation, however participants ages 3 and above must be counted as a paid participant.   Table capacity is total of (6) guests regardless of age.

- Participants under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult, supervising adult counts as a participant and requires purchase.

- Encounter will last 60 minutes.

- Encounters are rain or shine, the deck is covered.  In the event of extreme conditions, we will make changes to the encounter to provide both a picnic and giraffe encounter opportunity! If not feasible, encounter will be cancelled by our team and refunds issued.

– Waivers to be read & signed with our Gift Shop team, prior to encounter start! Minors require consenting guardian to sign on their behalf.

** Please note that there are no refunds or rescheduling of encounters by guests, for any reason **
** Encounter reservations are transferable to another party with notification to the park **

Hosted at The Preserve:  42 Pease Rd, Harpursville, NY 13787