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Behind The Scenes Tours

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.

Under the Sea Aquarium Tour

Learn how we keep an aquarium up and running for the fish, penguins, sharks and marine invertebrates that you see on exhibit. Get the chance to feed the trout and hold a sea star and an urchin in the palm of your hand. Offered Monday or Friday at 10:00 am or 3:00 pm.

African Savanna Tour

See where the lions of Lake Manyara and the bongos, warthogs and duiker of the African Veldt spend their time when they are not on exhibit while learning what it takes to care for them at the zoo. Offered weekdays between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm.

Program Details

Minimum Age: 6 years of age. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Maximum # People per Program: 16 people. One adult cannot be responsible for more than two children ages 12 and under.
Program Time: 40-60 minutes
Price and Registration: $20 per person (admission to the zoo is included). Minimum $80 per program. Advance registration of at least 2 weeks is required. To register, complete a program request form and someone from the zoo will contact you to schedule your program and discuss it in more detail. Deposit of $50 required to confirm registration. Deposit is nonrefundable if cancellation made within the 7 days prior to the program date. You will be asked to complete additional paperwork prior to your participation. The remaining payment balance is due upon arrival.
Cancellation Policy: Certain weather or other extenuating circumstances could cause zoo staff to cancel the program. If this occurs, an alternate date for rescheduling will be discussed or the entire deposit will be refunded.
Other requirements: Footwear that fully encloses the foot is required – no sandals, flip-flops or similar footwear. Photos are not allowed behind the scenes; however, zoo staff will include time to take a picture of your group during the tour with tour member’s camera. The African Savanna Tour is not recommended for individuals with allergies to hay, animal fur and/or other related allergens.

Program Request Form and instructions