Get closer than ever before to our zoo animals! Participate in enrichment and learn from zookeepers in an exclusive, behind-the-scenes setting. Activities may include wonderful - and memorable - up-close experiences with our Aldabra tortoises, lemurs, maned wolves and giant anteater, meerkats, howler monkeys, coatis, porcupine or gibbons! This is an active walking activity, so sneakers or comfortable shoes are a must!
Cost, per person: $35 Members / $35 Non-members + general admission
Availability: Saturdays at 1:00pm (March through November)
Capacity: 8 participants
Minimum age: 8
Age restrictions: Children under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Participants under 18 must have a liability waiver signed by their parent/legal guardian.
Tickets may be available on the day of your visit and can be purchased at the Information Desk in the lobby.
NOTE: ticket sales end one hour prior to the experience's listed time.
Custom animal encounters are available upon request. Prices start at $100 plus general admission. Contact Jessica Hoffman-Balder for information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Custom animal encounters require a minimum of two weeks’ notice.
We'll start in food prep to see what’s on the menu for our whole zoo and also pick up some enrichment treats to share with the animals. Then we'll walk to four different animal exhibits and meet a Keeper at each as we step behind the scenes. You’ll learn more about individual animals who live here and about important conservation issues surrounding their species in the wild.
We will not run a Zoo Trek when we expect thunder and lightning or heavy rain. In this case we will contact you on the day of the Trek by 11:00am and your rescheduled date will be the next day, Sunday at 1:00pm. In light rain just bring a raincoat or umbrella, but we will be leaving those umbrellas at the corner of exhibits because they disturb our animals.
Do expect hot weather during the summer in this outdoor program – we'll even give you a water bottle to help you beat the heat!