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Behind-the-Scenes Programs at John Ball Zoo

Have you ever wondered what we do behind the scenes to care for the animals at the zoo? Here is your chance to find out! Join us for one of the exciting programs listed below.

Sneak-A-Peek Program

Join us for a sneak peek behind-the-scenes of the exhibits that visitors see everyday. You and up to 15 other people will join zoo staff for a behind-the-scenes tour of select areas of the zoo to see where the animals spend their time while not on exhibit and learn how much goes into caring for the animals at the zoo. Sign up for one of the tours below and bring a group of your friends and/or family.
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Close Encounters Program

Have you ever wanted to see a behind the scenes bear or chimp training session? How about holding an owl or a snake? Join our keepers for one of these unique experiences. You’ll get the chance to see animals up-close behind-the-scenes or even learn how to properly handle some of the program animals at the zoo.
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Keeper for a Half Day

Have you always wanted to be a zookeeper? Now’s your chance! You’ll put on some work boots and work side by side with a zookeeper to learn what it takes to care for the animals at the zoo. Help care for the sheep and goats of the Red Barn as well as our education program animals – owls, snakes, waterfowl, lizards, opossums, porcupines and more. This program includes the opportunity to learn how to properly handle 3 of our program animals. Each participant gets a Keeper for the Day t-shirt, a printed photo doing keeper duties and a certificate showing your completion of the program. Offered Monday through Friday from 8:00am – noon.
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